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Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and former treasurers Wayne Swan and Peter Costello

The surplus fetish vanishes before our very eyes — but was it ever really there?

Suddenly our obsession with budget surpluses has vanished — so quickly as to raise questions about what it ever really meant.

Queensland Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington (Image: AAP/Dan Peled)

Tips and Murmurs: LNP’s cross borders … ScoMo on mute … Swanny’s appeal

U-turn with a screech for the Queensland LNP, no zoom-zoom for Scott Morrison, and who's smiling now as Quadrant says 'cheese'.

A decade on, there are valuable lessons from the Gillard years

Ten years on, the Gillard government is associated with scandal and soap opera. But its economic successes hold lessons for Australia in 2020.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor speaks to the media. (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

What lies beneath must be resurfaced — or the media is not doing its job to expose power and corruption

When even good journalists fail to explore the financial and personal links between companies and policymakers, they allow a pervasive form of institutional corruption to flourish.

(Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Do we have the political will to write a new social contract?

Australia needs a new social contract if it's to emerge from this crisis in one piece, writes Wayne Swan.

Former federal treasurer Wayne Swan (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The questions we have to keep asking the Morrison government

With the government suddenly changing its tune on economic stimulus amid the growing coronavirus crisis, former federal treasurer Wayne Swan asks if Morrison and co have what it takes to keep the country afloat.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

The amnesiacs’ interest rate inquiry

People in Canberra have short memories, but do we really need another inquiry into why the banks don't pass on interest rate cuts?

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Frydenberg’s choice: ego or stimulus?

When Wayne Swan had to choose between pride and supporting the economy, he opted for the latter. Now Josh Frydenberg faces a similar choice.

Former federal treasurer Wayne Swan (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Swan song: Wayne Swan’s final speech connects the challenges of 2008 and 2019

For Wayne Swan, Australia's avoidance of a recession during the financial crisis was only the start of a long-term challenge to safeguard economic democracy, one his party must continue to face.

Will Joyce ever answer for his environmental mismanagement?

Crikey readers discuss Barnaby Joyce's role in Australia's environmental troubles, the ongoing Melbourne University Publishing board scandal and the need for an international tax overhaul.

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