Forget Scott Morrison's taxed and taxed-nots -- his big problem this week was some shocking results from two of the country's biggest companies, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.
Wages growth is so low it is underperforming budget forecasts, which is bad news for the budget -- and the BHP result will add to Treasurer Scott Morrison's woes, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.
The constant downgrading of revenue forecasts for the coming budget year illustrates how the Coalition, despite its own rhetoric, has been humbled by external factors.
Scott Morrison will need to pull a budget repair rabbit out of the economic hat come next Tuesday.
Are we trying to get out of budget deficit or not? Volatile tax revenue has exposed the inconsistency of the government's position on tax, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.
With ever-greater pressure on revenue, the government's decision not to have a mini-budget looks increasingly problematic, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.
Western Australia is particularly upset with the way the federal government distributes GST revenue. Does it have a point? Crikey intern Sophie Thomas explains.
Joe Hockey is struggling to keep his job and is clinging to a budget now abandoned even by his leader.
With deficits as far as the eye can see, the government needs to work out how to encourage business investment. Crikey writers Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.