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RBA governor Philip Lowe and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/David Geraghty)

It’s crunch time for the Australian economy

How would you feel if the Reserve Bank threw open the window and starting dumping cash on the street? It might be their only option if interest rate cuts can't boost the Australian economy.

(Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Trump whistleblower letter released

Good morning, early birds. Donald Trump's Ukraine troubles deepen as a whistleblower complaint is released, and Home Affairs is set to make a High Court challenge against asylum seeker compensation claims. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Chris Bowen (Image: AAP/Rohan Thomson)

Labor projects record-breaking budget surplus

Good morning, early birds. The ALP is set to release its federal budget costings with a record-breaking surplus projected for 2022, and the east coast high-speed rail corridor receives its first significant commitment. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

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Winners and losers of the 2019 budget

Governments staring down the barrel of an election tend to write budgets that try to be all things to all people. This one is no exception.

Dark matter, cessnas and spin bowlers – a stroll past the budget’s more unusual choices

An underground physics laboratory to study dark matter in Stawell? You bet. Visa exemptions for spin bowlers? Absolutely!

Budget at a glance: key figures

A cheat sheet of all the headline stats for this year’s budget.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

This is a budget short on narrative but long on tactical spending

The government has adopted a firefighter approach to its political troubles, aiming a hose of money at at-risk seats or areas where Labor is threatening it.

The ABC shouldn’t be the enemy

Crikey readers respond to the government's cuts from the ABC and the endless citizenship drama over Section 44.