Nobody in federal parliament uses metaphors like Barnaby Joyce. He thinks and speaks in pictures and has a natural ability to deliver sound bites that cut through all the normal verbiage of political reporting.
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.
Silly and unnecessary mistakes ruined Joe Hockey's budget reply. This year's election seems to be shaping up as a battle of the incompetent.
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.
The first reaction to the Budget was ho, and the second was hum -- which was exactly the way Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan wanted it. The headline they were hoping for might have read: "Very quiet Budget, not many hurt."