The economy will be reliant on health spending for much of its jobs and wages growth over the next couple of years — and the government is increasing it.
This year's budget update sees extra revenue taking us back to surplus quicker, but workers are still stuck with wages that won't budge.
With continuing jobs growth and a commodity price boom, a Turnbull government would have been well-placed to go to the polls and win an unlikely victory.
The Liberals continue to tax and spend at higher levels than Labor, but even when they abandon their own fiscal rules, the response is decidedly muted.
Turnbull presided over booming employment and a lift in economic growth, but failure to act on wage stagnation will leave a tarnished legacy.
Scott Morrison began his time as Treasurer taming Tony Abbott's spending. Now he's undoing that good work with a budget splurge.
The government's foreshadowed tax cuts only come after the Liberals have again confirmed that they are the big-taxing party of Australian politics.