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Sharemarket surge defies increasingly troubled economy

Sharemarket surge defies increasingly troubled economy

The sharemarket ended the financial year on a buoyant note — but in the real economy things are getting worse and the government will face growing pressure to deploy its resources to help out.

Unfunded stage three tax cuts a boon for inequality and the rich

Unfunded stage three tax cuts a boon for inequality and the rich

Stage three of the government's tax package provides a windfall for high income earners, is unfunded and will increase inequality, an independent report shows.

Labor’s boring but sensible fiscal policy will avert future crisis

Labor’s boring but sensible fiscal policy will avert future crisis

Despite the government's focus on tax, Labor's fiscal policy is the more boringly conservative and risk-averse approach of the major parties, and is all the better for it.

Labor should stop lying: the Liberals did not cut health spending

Labor should stop lying: the Liberals did not cut health spending

Labor has long insisted the government cut health funding. In fact, health spending has risen significantly under the Coalition.

Is the Coalition (spectacularly) missing the point on tax?

Is the Coalition (spectacularly) missing the point on tax?

The Coalition have taken aim at Labor, projecting a huge tax hike. But putting this forward as an argument conveniently ignores the bigger issues with Australian taxation.

Morrison weathers NDIS ignorance as budget sell starts poorly

Morrison weathers NDIS ignorance as budget sell starts poorly

An ignorant media is attacking the government over the NDIS, reinforcing perceptions the Coalition doesn't care about people with disabilities.

The Liberals’ road to surplus was built on hard work – but whose?

The Liberals’ road to surplus was built on hard work – but whose?

Mathias Cormann has been crucial to the return to surplus forecast for next year. But so too has the Liberal Party's addiction to taxing Australians.

All-politics budget marks the start of the 2019 campaign

All-politics budget marks the start of the 2019 campaign

Tonight's budget is a major piece of political theatre for the government, but it doesn't have a lot to do with fiscal policy or the economy.

The Coalition will need a huge budget upset to shift the polls

The Coalition will need a huge budget upset to shift the polls

Contrary to what you read in the press, voters don't shift dramatically every fortnight in their support for political parties. That requires something genuinely massive, which is what Josh Frydenberg will need to produce on Tuesday.

Coalition’s big tax credentials confirmed by Reserve Bank

Coalition’s big tax credentials confirmed by Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank has confirmed that income taxes have risen far more quickly than usual in recent years, demonstrating the Coalition's claim to being the big tax party of Australian politics.