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Newstart should be lifted by mush more than usually proposed, a new ANU algorithm finds. Shutterstock

Cut the pension, boost Newstart. What our algorithm says is the best way to get value for our welfare dollars

A new ANU computer algorithm can provide near instant answers about how to get the best bang for welfare dollars. It says we should boost Newstart and cut either pensions or family benefits.
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.
Bowen will insert a qualifier, saying that the pledges are on the basis of the budget figures released last week. Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor would deliver bigger surpluses than the Coalition: Bowen

Outlining the fiscal parameters the opposition will take to the election, Bowen will repeat that the ALP would achieve budget balance in the same year as the government – 2019-20.
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Federal Budget 2018: a state-by-state spending analysis

With a federal election looming within a year, our panel looks at what each state and territory has been handed in the budget - and why it matters.
The key reason for the squeeze on household spending and saving is of course the ongoing weakness in the growth rate of household disposable income. Lukas Coch/AAP

Budget policy check: does Australia need personal income tax cuts?

The government says personal income tax cuts are needed to provide relief from low wages and high cost of living, but will tax cuts make up for that?

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