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Coalition to counter falling polls with tax cuts, spending

Coalition to counter falling polls with tax cuts, spending

Good morning, early birds. The government is set to announce a $10 billion tax cuts and spending package in the lead up to next year's federal election, while Labor plans to strengthen the Fair Work Commission's equity powers for female-dominated industries. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Someone should do something about me being so fat

Someone should do something about me being so fat

The creep of government services is out of control, writes Toby Ralph.

Crikey Worm: government slashes environment spending

Crikey Worm: government slashes environment spending

Good morning, early birds. Government funding for environmental projects will soon fall to just 60% of the amount spent in 2013-14. Plus, former prime minister Julia Gillard has a warning for the government. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Australia is a high-tax country with a spending problem? Not so fast …

Australia is a high-tax country with a spending problem? Not so fast …

Memo to the Coalition: Australians want the government to spend more, not less, on social services, writes research economist Warwick Smith.

Turnbull and Morrison stake their political future on a shift to the centre

Turnbull and Morrison stake their political future on a shift to the centre

Strip the names and dates off this budget and this could easily be mistaken for a Labor budget.

Big spending is the new normal

Big spending is the new normal

Better get used to the reality that total government expenses will stay at or above 26% of GDP, writes former APS senior executive Greg Feeney.

Dear Scott, stop lying about the budget

Dear Scott, stop lying about the budget

Scott Morrison says he is against lifting tax and that he is cutting spending. But that is not true -- he's lifting both.

Where govt spending should be directed

Where govt spending should be directed

Crikey readers discuss government spending and other issues of the day.

Mayne: are firies and council staff earning too much?

Mayne: are firies and council staff earning too much?

If you want to trim the fat of local government, start by looking at how much public service providers, like firefighters, get paid.

Why Hockey’s small business splurge is a waste of money

Why Hockey’s small business splurge is a waste of money

Treasurer Joe Hockey announced some overly generous budget packages for Australian small businesses. This is a mistake, writes freelance journalist and economist Jason Murphy.