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.
The AFP has not been called in to investigate a damaging leak against Labor from Treasury in the lead-up to the budget in May.
An effective response to economic populism isn't likely to include berating workers and complaining about the need to slash spending while proposing tax cuts, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.
It's the sort of error public servants dread -- a howler that goes right through them all and into a high-profile bill. And the best and the brightest of the Public Service did it to their Treasurer.