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The women’s program was promised at budget time, when there was no. separate women’s statement, as had been produced previously. Joel Carrett/AAP

Women targeted with $109 million to promote “economic security”

The O'Dwyer statement has an eye to areas where Labor has been taking the running. One focal point is seeking to improve the capacity of victims of domestic violence to rebuild their lives.
The hard work’s been done and the latest Treasury team is taking the credit. Mathias Cormann and Josh Frydenberg. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Battle won. Our budget woes are behind us

The budget deficit is as good as dead. For practical purposes we are back to normal with financial firepower recharged for the next crisis.
It would have been a huge setback if the government hadn’t secured its income tax package, which was the budget’s centrepiece. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Government celebrates on tax, fights on energy

More crucial than the fate of the company tax cuts is the government's long struggle to nail down its NEG, with the crunch coming when Josh Frydenberg meets his COAG counterparts on August 10.
Announced on May 15 2018, the government’s Research Investment Strategy directs $1.9 billion towards hard infrastructure. Kelly Barnes/AAP

What was missing in Australia’s $1.9 billion infrastructure announcement

"Soft" infrastructure includes the services, policies or practices that keep academic research working and open. Without a funded, coordinated national approach the private sector may take control.
The legacy of capping funding for universities will be a less skilled future workforce, and an Australian youth that miss out on the educational opportunities available to their parents. Shutterstock

Capping university places will mean a less skilled and diverse workforce

Discontinuing the demand driven system will mean less people are able to get a higher education, particularly groups of people who are already at a disadvantage.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa needs to formulate a long term strategy for economic growth with an eye on the 2019 elections. GCIS

South Africa: Ramaphosa administration lacks a long-term perspective

Both the state of the nation address and budget speech didn't leave a sense that there has been much reflection on the depth of the economic malaise gripping South Africa.
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.

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