Fewer government welfare recipients due to higher than expected employment growth provides a slightly stronger budget outlook for the Turnbull government as they head into 2018.
The improvements in the government's debt position are entirely because of revisions in economic assumptions, not fantastic fiscal management.
Academics put Hammond in the spotlight.
Academics deliver their verdict on Philip Hammond.
There is hyperbole in the way evidence for welfare drug testing is being presented.
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Most of the evidence drawn on by critics of the trial comes from places that have implemented such programs. So, have they worked?
The pattern of disinterest in Schapelle Corby’s release also reflected in our data on the total number of visits to these Australian news sites.
The Schapelle Corby media circus wasn't reflected in Twitter stats and calls to boycott Fairfax during the staff strike show limited impact on this social media platform as well.
The government’s national school funding plan passed the House of Representatives on Monday.
The Turnbull government's schools funding proposal 'should be embraced by all sides of politics' provided some adjustments are made, a Grattan Institute submission says.
The banks modelling on how much revenue the government will collect from the levy assumes the banks will do nothing in response to it. This is highly unlikely.
Contrary to what Labor and the banks have predicted, revenue from the bank levy will likely be higher, even with deductions.
Universities and other not-for-profit entities typically talk about surpluses, not profits.
The fact that a university has a surplus doesn't mean it has a profit to be either reinvested or returned to shareholders. Grants, for example, should be spent on the projects they're intended for.
Scott Morrison addresses the media on Sunday.
Some predict Turnbull's leadership will be in the frame unless the numbers improve; on the other hand, another change would be extremely hard.
Because the threshold for the Medicare levy exemption is based on family income, the reform will reinforce the move towards higher effective tax rates on low income second earners in a family.
With its recent budget changes, the government is proposing a rise in marginal tax rates across a wide band of middle incomes and a marginal tax rate cut for the top.
Five thousand people on Newstart or Youth Allowance may be targeted for a drug test trial.
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The government's proposed drug test trial shows how data profiling and surveillance targets the poor.
Flooding on the Coomera River near Queensland’s Gold Coast.
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The federal government has defunded a national research agency that looks at how best to adapt to climate-related impacts such as floods, droughts and heatwaves - a decision that could cost lives.
South Australia’s Holden plant at Elizabeth will close permanently in late 2017.
Budget 2017 has allocated A$100 million to boost innovation and advanced manufacturing. But can it fill the hole left by automotive industry closures?
If doctors prescribe generic drugs rather than their brand name equivalents, most times patients benefit.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
Gas infrastructure and exploration attracted the lion’s share of new energy announcements in the 2017 federal budget.
The federal budget will pump A$90 million into boosting domestic gas production, as well as investing in pumped hydro and measures to monitor energy prices.
The poll asked whether forecasting for the budget should be taken away from Treasury and be given to another independent agency.
Polled economists say another independent body wouldn't necessairly do a better job of economic forecasting for the budget than Treasury.
Older Australians are not deterred by financial barriers as much as emotional ones, when it comes to downsizing.
When people do downsize, financial incentives are generally not the big things on their minds. And so most of the budget’s financial incentives will go to those who were going to downsize anyway.
Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull board an airplane for a meeting with US President Donald Trump in New York.
When the public are deeply cynical and distrustful, and have turned their back on a government, can that government change its image and the voters' view?
If wages just grow at the rate of the last 12 months, rather than at the higher growth in the budget forecasts, income tax collections will be A$7 billion less for 2019-20.
Wonky forecasts show it's time for a new approach that adopts more conservative forecasts, and makes a genuine commitment to budget repair.
John Hewson describes the uncertain economic climate into which Scott Morrison will deliver next week's budget.
Simon Birmingham said the reforms were ‘fair, reasonable and necessary’.
The government is seeking savings of $2.8 billion from higher education over the budget period, in another attempt at a major shake-up of Australia's university sector.