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The big ifs: the key assumptions lining the pathway to recovery

Much of the 2020 budget's road to recovery hinges on a lot of big ifs — not least that a COVID-19 vaccine will be freely available soon.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg look over the 2020 federal budget (Image: AAP/Mike Bowers)

The most important fiscal statement in years could also be the most teased

The federal budget will be officially unveiled tonight, but we already know a lot of what will be in there.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash announces a film and TV production tax incentive in July (Image: AAP/Albert Perez)

If you can’t wait one more sleep, here is tomorrow’s news today

Tomorrow's budget announcement has been preceded by media drops, as always. We run through what's already out there.

Chinese consul-general for Victoria and Tasmania Long Zhou and Health Minister Greg Hunt. (Image: AAP/James Ross)

The $63 billion question: what are the stakes in a trade fight with China?

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?

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…

No prizes for guessing which column churches fall into.

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.

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.

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 federal budget has serious structural problems. A debt levy will only exacerbate them, writes <b>Leith van Onselen</b> at <a href="http://www.macrobusiness.com.au" target="_blank"><em>MacroBusiness</em></a>.

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.

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

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.

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