Treasurer Scott Morrison insisted this is ‘not an ordinary budget’, but a ‘plan’.
After two Coalition government budgets heavy on ideology, this one is a quieter, don't-frighten-the-horses document paving the way for the election.
Treasurers throughout Australia’s history have used their budget role to reach out to people.
As a political speaker, either you pick your key phrases or they get picked for you.
Barack Obama has become adept at welcoming new Australian prime ministers to the White House.
2016 will be a year of transitions in the Australia-US relationship. Against a backdrop of change are three important issues: the fight against Islamic State, China, and passage of the TPP.
It went woozy in the middle but it ended ok.
The key events that made the business community laugh, cheer and despair in 2015.
Joe Hockey has been announced as Australia’s next ambassador to the United States.
Will Joe Hockey, a 19-year veteran of the Australian Parliament, be able to navigate an increasingly dysfunctional Washington as ambassador to the United States?
Donald Trump has taken political ‘lies’ to a new level during his campaign for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
If journalism is supposed to be a force for truth, accountability and enlightenment in the political process, then it appears to be failing on the biggest of stages.
Julie Bishop has shown resilience over the years, while Joe Hockey bows out.
Soon, as ambassador to Washington, Joe Hockey will be working for Julie Bishop, the foreign minister who rose as a star in the government while the treasurer crashed.
Joe Hockey used his valedictory speech in parliament to lay out a comprehensive reform blueprint.
In his valedictory speech, former treasurer Joe Hockey has effectively challenged the Turnbull government to be bold.
Joe Hockey departs Parliament.
Joe Hockey thought repeating a few slogans was enough; but selling the economy is harder than it looks.
A byelection to fill Joe Hockey’s vacated seat in parliament will occur before Christmas.
The government is preparing for an early byelection in former treasurer Joe Hockey's safe seat of North Sydney, with nominations for the Liberal pre-selection already open.
Tony Abbott, backbench member for Warringah, sat beside former treasurer Joe Hockey.
The first thing you notice after walking into Tony Abbott’s new Parliament House digs is the bicycle. In good times and bad, cycling has become his motif: the pollie pedal, the rides with VIPs and mates…
China is Australia’s most important trading partner and a growing source of investment.
The “national interest”, at least as far as economic policy is concerned, has always been a contested compromise and a consequence of the relative political influence of domestic forces.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces his new ministry.
Malcolm Turnbull has gone for broke in his dramatic overhaul of the Coalition team. The new prime minister is using this moment of high authority to “renew” to the max – unlike Tony Abbott’s ill-judged…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing his new ministry in Canberra on Sunday.
Malcolm Turnbull has five women in his new cabinet, including the nation's first female defence minister, in a reshuffle that cuts a swathe through the Abbott ministry to promote massive "renewal".
Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott: unable to successfully argue the case for economic reform?
Tony Abbott says sound economic management is in the DNA of the Liberals. So what went wrong?
Joe Hockey has made no secret of his republican leanings, yet his right to seek to revive debate on the issue has been questioned.
It has significant public support across party lines, but politicians who advocate Australia becoming a republic are likely to have their priorities and even their right to do so questioned.
G20 finance ministers will need to do more than talk to deliver improved economic growth.
Without true structural reform and business investment the G20 economies will be unable to deliver on their lofty growth ambitions.
What Tony Abbott himself claims as his government’s achievements are all reversals of previous policies.
So far, Tony Abbott has failed to position himself as anything more than an opposition leader who has been given power and is unsure what to do with it.
The great failure of Tony Abbott’s leadership is that he had not been able to transcend his innate instinct for conflict.
Tony Abbott, who won power two years ago on Monday, is most at home in combat, whether on the domestic campaign trail or escalating Australia's commitment to a battle abroad.
Treasurer Joe Hockey said Australia is not heading for a recession.
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Australia has had 24 years of consistent growth. Is it all about to come to a crashing end?