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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.

Government’s bigger health spend is our main jobs and wages driver

Government’s bigger health spend is our main jobs and wages driver

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.

Cormann holds the line on spending, but wage stagnation to continue

Cormann holds the line on spending, but wage stagnation to continue

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.

Ephemeral Morrison can’t evade the Coalition’s structural problems

Ephemeral Morrison can’t evade the Coalition’s structural problems

Scott Morrison's effort to relaunch himself yesterday was an attempt to paper over major structural flaws in his government.

In an alternative universe, Turnbull could be poised for victory

In an alternative universe, Turnbull could be poised for victory

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.