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.
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.
September 11, 2017
Treasury has a mixed record of forecasting key economic stats -- and it struggles on the ones that count.
June 16, 2017 4
Just how Treasury worked out it will get $300 million in GST from overseas sales remains a mystery.
May 30, 2017 10
Treasury secretary John Fraser has taken the extraordinary step of banning journalists' mobile devices from the annual budget lockup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 12, 2016 2
The review model, anyone would concede, served us well in the past. But no more.
June 6, 2016 11
The case for company tax cuts is coming under sustained pressure -- as is Treasury's credibility in backing them.
May 25, 2016 5
This year, for the first time, the PEFO contains a political statement by the secretaries of Treasury and Finance.
February 12, 2016 22
The federal public service is at a nadir of incompetence and politicisation. Will it improve under Malcolm Turnbull?
January 29, 2016 20
Treasury secretary John Fraser outlined Australia's economic forecast at a speech last night.
December 7, 2015 8
Why appointing an economist to the top job in Australia's Public Service could backfire for Turnbull.
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.
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.
October 2, 2015 5
The causes of Australia's economic woes are almost entirely local, writes freelance journalist Alan Austin.
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.
September 21, 2015 7
Economist and freelance journalist Jason Murphy has a few reminders for the newly minted Treasurer.