By aiming the budget at a list of political problems, the government has begun the election campaign fighting on Labor's preferred battleground of health, education and low income earners.
If budgets were about addressing actual economic problems, this one would be a failure — but not a total one.
Voters in other states should cross their fingers and hope that Gladys Berejiklian's NSW Liberal Party is returned to government for the sake of the national economy.
High-speed rail is a tantalising pre-election option, but does it make any sense? Crikey does the maths.
Good morning, early birds. All-time temperature records are expected to be broken in parts of Australia as the heatwave rolls on, and Afterpay is reported to have access to confidential electoral roll data. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Immigration isn't merely about turning a tap of people on and off — it's an intersection of multiple policy failures across all three levels of government.
Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has announced a $3 billion Pacific infrastructure funding package, the Democrats have scored a victory in the US midterms, and Victorian Labor plan 50% renewables by 2030. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
By abandoning an inquiry into road pricing, Scott Morrison is siding with wealthy drivers who can afford to opt out of the current fuel excise system.