We hate to make ourselves the story, but this is a regression to the bad old days.
If you assume Treasury has done some thinking about how Australia will be affected by climate change, you'd be wrong, as we learnt this week at estimates.
The Hayne royal commission interim report is a missile fired at the neoliberal fantasy at the heart of financial services regulation in Australia.
In his first speech, the new Treasury Secretary has completely ignored the biggest policy and political challenge the government faces: wage stagnation.
The appointment of a Liberal Party staffer to run Treasury is a new low in the debasement of Treasury as a source of authoritative advice.
Even accepting the government's claims about its company tax cuts at face value, there's no evidence it's the best way to improve economic growth, or even business investment.
The new logic from the government is that your former job gives you unchallengeable authority to say anything you like, no matter how wrong.
Treasury has a mixed record of forecasting key economic stats -- and it struggles on the ones that count.
Just how Treasury worked out it will get $300 million in GST from overseas sales remains a mystery.
Treasury secretary John Fraser has taken the extraordinary step of banning journalists' mobile devices from the annual budget lockup.