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Inland rail’s dirty secret

Inland rail’s dirty secret

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.

Inland rail will make its $8 billion back, government says

Inland rail will make its $8 billion back, government says

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.

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

There's no evidence we're getting infrastructure spending or decision-making right at the Commonwealth level.

Treasury gives budget warning on inland rail boondoggle

Treasury gives budget warning on inland rail boondoggle

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.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Money for cops? ... inland rail boondoggle ... who's that guy? ...

Turnbull clearing the decks for a network to nowhere

Turnbull clearing the decks for a network to nowhere

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.

Education Minister renews government attack on young Australians

Education Minister renews government attack on young Australians

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.

Good debt, bad debt, ugly debt

Good debt, bad debt, ugly debt

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.

Crikey Worm: Gas fallout, infrastructure push, Homeland Security coming

Crikey Worm: Gas fallout, infrastructure push, Homeland Security coming

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.

Nats push the bush while Libs star in Being John Howard

Nats push the bush while Libs star in Being John Howard

While immigration dominated the agenda this week, the Nationals were walking tall with some economically illiterate policies.