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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Frydenberg rips into regulators. But wasn’t it 5 minutes ago they were too soft?

The treasurer uses that old cliché 'cutting red tape' to justify his push to roll back Hayne banking royal commission reforms.

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Global growth and financial risk provide uncertainty for budget forecasts

Has the government been too optimistic? A new forecast from the International Monetary Fund will give us some good insight.

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2020 federal budget by the numbers

The federal budget reveals a current year deficit of $213.7 billion, down $29.2 billion from the July update.

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A big-government, low-growth Australia sets sail on an ocean of red

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.

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Data dump: the rollercoaster ride of government payments and receipts

The budget forecasts a huge temporary lift in payments (government spending) in the 2020-21 financial year, and those payments fade away fast.

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Winners and losers: few surprises in Coalition’s budget night reveal

Farmers, gas and mental health win out over aged care, most women and social housing.

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Solid effort followed by disappointment as government squibs reform

The 2020 budget gets an A-minus for addressing the current problems, but a somewhat lower grade for setting up the post-pandemic years.

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Crazy ants, dried fruit and weather boffins’ safety: strange spending measures

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.

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Plumbing the deeper meaning of Alan Kohler’s cryptic book placement

Is there a deeper, esoteric message in ABC economist Alan Kohler's choice of books — or is it a simple bit of set dressing? Either way, it's driving us nuts.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Will tax cuts for the wealthy really stimulate the economy?

With the government eying off an early start to tax cuts, it has to be asked: will they actually do anything to bring the economy out of the gutter?

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