The inland rail project is based on a sizeable subsidy to coal exporters just to get someone to use what its backers even admit is a white elephant.
Contradicting earlier reports, the government now says the proposed inland rail line will make back all of the whopping $8.4 billion that will be spent on a line through inland NSW.
The government has been told its inland rail project will never make its money back, but has gone ahead and treated it as an investment anyway. So Treasury put a caveat in the budget.
With higher education cuts hidden by school funding, the government is preparing the way to ensure the focus next Tuesday night is where it wants to be -- spending money.
The 2017 budget is shaping up as another attack on young people in the form of education fee hikes and the squibbing of meaningful fixes for housing affordability.
Scott Morrison should go all the way with "good debt" and "bad debt" and hand control of infrastructure spending to an independent body rather than politicians.
Gas companies raise concerns about PM's price claims, Rail and airport funding planned with "good debt" and Department of State coming, write Josh Taylor and Max Chalmers.