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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Who is Morrison kidding? The economy has been on government life support for a decade

We need to stop pretending the Australian economy isn't addicted to government support. And if the government is serious about reform, it shouldn't wait until late in the year to release a long-delayed budget.

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We shan’t fight him on the breaches

Good morning, early birds. Boris Johnson has refused to sack senior adviser and Brexit mastermind Dominic Cummings over multiple lockdown breaches, and despite the $60 billion error, Josh Frydenberg stands firm on the JobKeeper eligibility criteria. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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China tightens its fist

Good morning, early birds. The Chinese government has announced it plans to impose new security laws in Hong Kong, and, in a separate story, has begun warning state-owned utilities against purchasing Australian thermal coal. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Government ducks the real question: what to do about the snapback to stagnation?

The government is refusing to talk about the economy beyond the end of June — because it would raise the question of how it plans to address persistent high unemployment.

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Just how long till the economy bounces back?

Crikey helps cut through all the numbers on the cost of coronavirus. Plus, Victoria heads back to school, and Boris loses breakfast TV.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Frydenberg’s billion-dollar warning

Good morning, early birds. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg warns Australians stand to lose billions if states are forced to resume shutdowns, and in Blighty, PM Boris Johnson wants everyone back to work quick smart. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe (Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts)

Government massages the messengers on the economy, as RBA indicates a deeper malaise

Neither the treasurer nor the media seem interested in discussing the real state of the economy. But the Reserve Bank is, and its fears about the path to recovery are clear.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Frydenberg reveals the cost of shutdown

Treasury has estimated the national shutdown is costing Australia $4 billion a week.

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Has xenophobia driven Australia’s response to COVID-19?

Even in its small policy successes in fighting COVID-19, the government managed to completely fail.

Alexander England and Asher Keddie in Offspring (Image: Channel Ten)

Morrison trashes the arts to save decaying media empires

This government has run to the rescue of News Corp, Seven West Media and Nine, while the arts industry careens toward a cliff.