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Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and former treasurers Wayne Swan and Peter Costello

The surplus fetish vanishes before our very eyes — but was it ever really there?

Suddenly our obsession with budget surpluses has vanished — so quickly as to raise questions about what it ever really meant.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Defence spending keeps Canberra and US in step, with or without Trump

Foreign Minister Marise Payne wouldn't be drawn by her US counterpart on China, but Australia is still very much in step with the Americans when it comes to military spending. Just ask our former defence ministers.

Joe Hockey (Image: Sky News)

Gamekeeper turns poacher: Joe Hockey cherrypicks our diplomatic talent for his lobbying shop

Not only has our former treasurer turned an ambassadorial stint into a new role as a lobbyist, he's recruiting his former diplomatic staff.

Joe Hockey (Image: Sky News)

Legacy media on notice over AAP… when Sally met Christian… Hockey’s new gig

We hear AAP's shareholders have been put on notice, and look out for Joe Hockey on a telly near you.

Former prime minister Julia Gillard

Lessons must be learnt, Gillard says

Good morning, early birds. Julia Gillard is calling for an investigation into China's original COVID-19 outbreak, and the Fair Work Commission is considering deferring minimum wage increases for JobKeeper-eligible companies. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Wood.

Businessman Anthony Pratt, former PM Tony Abbott, and outgoing ambassador to the US Joe Hockey (Image: AAP/Supplied)

Ex-ambo open to offers: Joe Hockey’s plans raise questions about life after public service

Australia's ambassador to the US has spent four years milking Trump contacts. Now he's off to make truckloads of money.

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Morrison blasts UN’s ‘negative globalism’

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has taken a swipe at the UN, and the Russia probe escalates as Alexander Downer rejects Republican claims he was "directed" to contact the Trump election campaign. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Scott Morrison and Joe Hockey in Washington DC (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

How Australia jumped on Trump’s conspiracy bus

The government isn't being forthcoming about what lies ahead, but there are already plenty of weird twists and turns to reflect on.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison follows behind US President Donald Trump. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

With his promise to Trump, Morrison sells Australia’s soul

The Australian government has offered its full support to Donald Trump's investigation of the FBI's Russia probe. The fact that the investigation is bullshit doesn't seem to matter.

Five places Tony Abbott might end up after his defeat

Gone but unfortunately not forgotten, Tony Abbott still has a few options in his eternal mission to remain irritatingly close to the centre of public imagination.

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