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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.

Liberals again confirm big spender status

Liberals again confirm big spender status

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.

When it comes to the economy, Turnbull bested Abbott by a large margin

When it comes to the economy, Turnbull bested Abbott by a large margin

Turnbull presided over booming employment and a lift in economic growth, but failure to act on wage stagnation will leave a tarnished legacy.

Turnbull gives a Gillard-style Gonski on GST

Turnbull gives a Gillard-style Gonski on GST

Sometimes governments face political dilemmas that only a big lump of money can fix. Julia Gillard faced one. Now Malcolm Turnbull has his own.

Scott Morrison, spending addict

Scott Morrison, spending addict

Scott Morrison began his time as Treasurer taming Tony Abbott's spending. Now he's undoing that good work with a budget splurge.

A dose of perspective on our big-taxing, big spending government

A dose of perspective on our big-taxing, big spending government

The government's foreshadowed tax cuts only come after the Liberals have again confirmed that they are the big-taxing party of Australian politics.

Trump tax cut claims collapsing as even Republicans turn against them

Trump tax cut claims collapsing as even Republicans turn against them

As the US company tax cuts bypass workers, even some Republicans are horrified at the fiscal damage they have done.