Australia's iron ore exports to China are worth billions of dollars, so why is the government pushing for an inquiry into the COVID-19 source?
Crikey readers discuss the federal budget, fiscal policy and problems with election polls.
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.
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 federal budget has serious structural problems. A debt levy will only exacerbate them, writes Leith van Onselen at MacroBusiness.
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.
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.
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.