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Senator Murray Watt (Image: AAP/Darren England)

Circles of influence: Labor questions $1m contracts win for Liberal ‘mate’

In a few short months, a company set up by a former Crosby Textor pollster has gone from being the new kid on the block to receiving more than $1 million in limited tender contracts.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds with a model of the Barracuda-class submarine. (Image: AAP/David Mariuz)

What else can you get for 60 billion bucks?

For a start, Newstart and the youth allowance could be upped by $95 a week for 15 years. But wait! There's more!

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Blunder? What blunder? Good news on JobKeeper opens ways for further stimulus

Put together in haste for a catastrophe that didn't quite eventuate, the overestimated JobKeeper program can now be adjusted to boost the recovery.

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

More stimulus may be needed to bolster confidence — and we have the capacity to fund it

The Reserve Bank has signalled that consumer and business confidence will be a key uncertainty in the recovery -- but Treasury thinks we have the capacity for more fiscal stimulus if needed.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)

Are the all-important ‘three Ps’ still on track in an ageing Australia?

The mantra of successive Treasurers on our ageing workforce has been population, participation and productivity. But what if we were too successful in addressing them?

Treasury Secretary Dr Steven Kennedy (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

New leader struggles to restore Treasury’s battered reputation

The new head of Treasury appeared at Senate estimates this week, with the tough task of restoring his department's diminished reputation. So how did he do?

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Can our phones save us from ourselves?

The government is well and truly embracing 'nudge theory'. The latest initiative: text message reminders to stop people being swept up in credit card debt.

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Welcome to the new normal: partisan government advertising all year round

A recent ad promoted by the Australian Tax Office might not pass the pub test, but it just might be the new standard practice of governments.

Is Treasury really this out of touch?

Crikey readers discuss the cause of stagnant wages, the death of the private health industry and airline carbon emissions.

Are lazy workers to blame for their stagnant wages?

According to Treasury, wage stagnation has nothing to do with the government — workers just need to go and find businesses that pay higher wages.

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