Sure, I’d like the big bad miners to pay more tax, writes Eva Cox. Who wouldn’t like some extra funds in the public kitty to spend on socially useful ends? But, that's not what the RSPT is about.
Once you get beyond all the spinning, there's plenty to consider in what Joe Hockey and Andrew Robb offered yesterday: more substance than Tony Abbott has managed all year.
Daily media wrap: Joe Hockey gave the Opposition's Budget Reply speech yesterday, promising to save $47 billion. But he forgot to say how -- and it didn't go unnoticed.
Joe Hockey's Budget Reply has come badly unstuck after he refused to provide details of savings costings or whether Ken Henry would be reappointed, overshadowing an otherwise well-crafted speech, reports Bernard Keane.
From baby bonuses to first home buyers, it seems we're just standing with our hands out waiting for the government to support us, and they continuously do. Why did we get so lazy?
Wayne Swan claimed the economic stimulus package saved the Australian economy, with a clever graph tucked inside the Budget showing exactly that. Except, the figures were hand picked to give the answer Wayne wanted, writes Chris Berg.
Tony Abbott's entire economic policy and Budget reply seem to be based on killing all the government handout goodies for voters. Will the tough approach work? asks Malcolm Farr.
This election will come down to a simple question, writes Dennis Shanahan. Who do you believe is the best person to manage the economy: Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott?