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Frydenberg stands by his surplus

Frydenberg stands by his surplus

Good morning, early birds. As calls for economic stimulus grow louder, so too do Josh Frydenberg's cries for surplus, and up north, Kumanjayi Walker's family is demanding justice. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

The GDP is in the gutter — expect the rest of the economy to follow

The GDP is in the gutter — expect the rest of the economy to follow

It's increasingly evident that we've reelected a PM and government who have delivered the slowest economic growth in a decade. Not that you'd know it from listening to them.

Johnson’s election call rejected following second Brexit defeat

Johnson’s election call rejected following second Brexit defeat

Good morning, early birds. Boris Johnson has suffered another series of defeats on Brexit, and the government announces a budget surplus despite the slowest growth rate since the GFC. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Theresa May will resign as Prime Minister to secure Brexit deal

Theresa May will resign as Prime Minister to secure Brexit deal

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.

Labor set to raise refugee intake

Labor set to raise refugee intake

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.

Another Abbott unity ticket — thankfully, on fiscal policy

Another Abbott unity ticket — thankfully, on fiscal policy

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.

Cigs, public servants and visa charges to pay for Labor’s surplus

Cigs, public servants and visa charges to pay for Labor’s surplus

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.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

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.

Essential: support for election call and ditching surplus

Essential: support for election call and ditching surplus

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.

Good riddance to a petty promise

Good riddance to a petty promise

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.