Good morning, early birds. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to resign if party members support her Brexit deal, and Bill Shorten calls for the Coalition to sign a parliamentary racism "code of conduct". It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Good morning, early birds. Labor is set to announce its immigration election policy, including a lifting of Australia's refugee intake, and the Coalition expects a massive surplus in its budget projections. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
The opposition is now on a unity ticket with Labor on the budget -- and that's a win for sensible economic policy. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer analyse Tony Abbott's campaign launch speech.
The government has unveiled its pre-election mini-budget, aiming to raise revenue and cut spending to return to forecast by 2015-16. But it's going to be a painful journey.
Pollies of all stripes are backing away from promises of a surplus in the lead-up to the budget, plus other political views noted along the way.
Voters quite like Julia Gillard's decision to name the election date well in advance -- but they still don't want to vote for her, today's Essential Report finds.
The government's promise to return a surplus this year was silly and made little economic sense, writes economist Professor John Quiggin. There are much more important issues to debate.
With global economic forces looking threatening, what will 2013 bring for the Australian economy? Crikey intern Alex Burgess asks the economists to cast their predictions for the new year.
The government will need more cuts to protect its slim surplus, but is it really what the economy needs? The fetishism around returning to surplus is spooking business.