Topic archives: Treasury

There are far better things you could spend the $64 billion tax handout on

February 15, 2018 8

Even accepting the government's claims about its company tax cuts at face value, there's no evidence it's the best way to improve economic growth, or even business investment.

The Morrison, Molan and general Coalition guide to excusing lies and hate speech

February 7, 2018 11

The new logic from the government is that your former job gives you unchallengeable authority to say anything you like, no matter how wrong.

How are we at predicting the economy? Not as bad as you think

September 11, 2017

Treasury has a mixed record of forecasting key economic stats -- and it struggles on the ones that count.

Treasury reveals only half of overseas retailers will actually pay GST despite new laws

June 16, 2017 4

Just how Treasury worked out it will get $300 million in GST from overseas sales remains a mystery.

Lockup crackdown won’t stop leaks — but it will make it harder for journos to do their jobs

May 30, 2017 10

Treasury secretary John Fraser has taken the extraordinary step of banning journalists' mobile devices from the annual budget lockup.

Does Treasury believe in climate change?

September 22, 2016 6

Is climate change real? The Treasury and Prime Minister and Cabinet appear to disagree, if their corporate plans are anything to go by.

Treasury says leak against Labor is ‘disappointing’ but skips AFP referral

Treasury says leak against Labor is ‘disappointing’ but skips AFP referral

September 16, 2016 3

The AFP has not been called in to investigate a damaging leak against Labor from Treasury in the lead-up to the budget in May.

Blasts from the past bring outdated views to economic debate

September 9, 2016 3

An effective response to economic populism isn't likely to include berating workers and complaining about the need to slash spending while proposing tax cuts, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Treasury throw Morrison under the omnibus*

September 1, 2016 1

It's the sort of error public servants dread -- a howler that goes right through them all and into a high-profile bill. And the best and the brightest of the Public Service did it to their Treasurer.

Henry Tax Review a noble, but useless, exercise

July 12, 2016 2

The review model, anyone would concede, served us well in the past. But no more.

Is Treasury another victim of the great corporate tax heist?

June 6, 2016 11

The case for company tax cuts is coming under sustained pressure -- as is Treasury's credibility in backing them.

Why are unelected bureaucrats trying to set fiscal policy?

May 25, 2016 5

This year, for the first time, the PEFO contains a political statement by the secretaries of Treasury and Finance.

After years of decline, can the public service be rescued?

February 12, 2016 22

The federal public service is at a nadir of incompetence and politicisation. Will it improve under Malcolm Turnbull?

Slash spending to keep coveted credit rating, says Treasury chief

January 29, 2016 20

Treasury secretary John Fraser outlined Australia's economic forecast at a speech last night.

Martin Parkinson and the all-singing, all-dancing, all-economists public service

December 7, 2015 8

Why appointing an economist to the top job in Australia's Public Service could backfire for Turnbull.

Treasury owns up to growth downgrade

November 25, 2015 3

Treasury's admission that its budget growth forecasts were too optimistic was an interesting sign of how things have changed since the removal of Tony Abbott, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

With Chinese growth in the slow lane, Morrison needs to get creative

With Chinese growth in the slow lane, Morrison needs to get creative

October 20, 2015 1

Australia's federal and state governments will need a good deal of luck and brutal honesty to overcome the looming China problem.

The 6 ways Australia is lagging behind the global economic recovery

The 6 ways Australia is lagging behind the global economic recovery

October 2, 2015 5

The causes of Australia's economic woes are almost entirely local, writes freelance journalist Alan Austin.

Bust out the black lipliner, Treasury’s going back to the ’90s

Bust out the black lipliner, Treasury’s going back to the ’90s

September 25, 2015 4

The head of Treasury seems obsessed with slashing and burning the budget and industrial relations -- regardless of the facts, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

ScoMo’s need-to-knows: an economic cheat sheet for a former tourism functionary

ScoMo’s need-to-knows: an economic cheat sheet for a former tourism functionary

September 21, 2015 7

Economist and freelance journalist Jason Murphy has a few reminders for the newly minted Treasurer.