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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.