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What if everything you thought you knew about the budget was a lie?

What if everything you thought you knew about the budget was a lie?

Crikey readers discuss the federal budget, fiscal policy and problems with election polls.

And the budgetary winners and losers are…

And the budgetary winners and losers are…

No prizes for guessing which column churches fall into.

Budget bullshit watch: is it really time to say cheers to cheap beer?

Budget bullshit watch: is it really time to say cheers to cheap beer?

The government has found itself a very convenient narrative ahead of tomorrow's budget, and the media seem all too happy to jump on board.

Rundle: the world is too complex for Abbott’s dead conservatism

Rundle: the world is too complex for Abbott’s dead conservatism

The failure to find a distinctive centre-right way to move Australia's political agenda is yet another failure of the Abbott government, and of Abbott himself.

The band-aid levy: a new tax won’t fix the structural budget problems

The band-aid levy: a new tax won’t fix the structural budget problems

The federal budget has serious structural problems. A debt levy will only exacerbate them, writes Leith van Onselen at MacroBusiness.

Something’s rotten in the state of Treasury

Something’s rotten in the state of Treasury

Crikey readers talk Sophie Mirabella, what we should do about regulation and why Joe Hockey needs to do the budget with the windows open.

Ask the economists: should we be sweating the debt?

Ask the economists: should we be sweating the debt?

The Abbott government wants to hike up the debt ceiling to $500 billion, while Labor and the Greens say that's too high. Crikey intern Virginia Millen asks the economists what should be done.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Coalition is getting a taste of its own medicine as Labor MPs consider Joe Hockey's attempt to raise the borrowing limit. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

Budget emergency? Not if you look at Hockey’s new numbers

Budget emergency? Not if you look at Hockey’s new numbers

The recently released budget outcome reveals a different economic landscape to what Joe Hockey described. For a start, it showed the largest year-to-year fall in the budget deficit ever.

PEFO fiscal update: nothing to see here, folks

PEFO fiscal update: nothing to see here, folks

The Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook reveals virtually nothing new compared to Labor's Economic Statement. Now it's over to the Coalition.