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The federal government receives more revenue than the states so it divvies it up between them, but with conditions. Lukas Coch/AAP

Budget explainer: the federal-state battle for funding

The reason for the constant struggle for funding between the states and federal government relates back to the constitution.
Not much science will get done without the money to fund people and equipment. Michael Pereckas

Who feels the pain of science research budget cuts?

What are research dollars actually spent on? Rather than looking at artifacts like publications and patents, a new initiative directly tracks the people and businesses that receive research funding.
Trump’s budget director, left, says White House spending priorities are straight out of the president’s mouth. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Why Trump’s ‘skinny’ budget is already dead

Trump is proposing a budget with little substance and filled with politically toxic spending cuts, making it very unlikely to go anywhere, even in a Republican Congress.
Modern monetary theorists aren’t concerned with budget repair. Joel Carrett/AAP

Explainer: what is modern monetary theory?

Modern monetary theory is gaining traction in a global economic environment that defies the efforts of policymakers to restore growth.
NASA Earth Science Division operating missions, including systems managed by NOAA and USGS. NASA Earth Observing System

Eyes in the sky: Cutting NASA Earth observations would be a costly mistake

President Trump's 2018 budget request cuts funding for NASA Earth observation research and cancels four missions. Weather forecasters, businesses, scientists and the armed forces rely on this data.
Malcolm Turnbull sets about the business of his returned government with the Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson. AAP/Lukas Coch

The policy agenda: what the government should do now

With nearly 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth at risk of coming to an end, the new government must make budget repair a priority.
Tony Abbott can rest assured he has made a lasting contribution to Australia’s future. Lukas Coch/AAP

Tony Abbott’s great big budget legacy

Tony Abbott spent just shy of two years as Prime Minister, but that doesn't mean he didn't leave a lasting legacy.
Commission of Audit chair Tony Shepherd may well be asking: “What happened?” Lukas Coch/AAP

INFOGRAPHIC: Lessons in budget politics

The Commission of Audit set the high water mark for reform designed to protect Australia against an economic downturn. One year on, little of it has made it into policy.

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