Much of the 2020 budget's road to recovery hinges on a lot of big ifs — not least that a COVID-19 vaccine will be freely available soon.
In extraordinary times, the government is handing out relief (and relying on recipients to go out and spend).
If the treasurer’s economic plan turns out as forecast, we’ll be back to something like normal by 2024. But with the government holding our hands all the way.
This budget for winners will deliver a political benefit to the government: massive tax cuts are a tactic to deliver the next election.
Farmers, gas and mental health win out over aged care, most women and social housing.
The 2020 budget gets an A-minus for addressing the current problems, but a somewhat lower grade for setting up the post-pandemic years.
Some parts of the budget are less predictable than others. Crikey takes a look through some of the stranger items in the 2020 federal budget.