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Greens urge Labor to vote against the whole of Malcolm Turnbull’s income tax package. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Greens release annual figures for income tax package

The estimates have been prepared by the independent PBO, at the request of the Greens. The opposition has repeatedly sought annual figures, but the government resisted the demands.
Freelancing and hot-desking are already common in work places – and will continue to rise. from www.shutterstock.com

Remember Turnbull’s 2015 ‘ideas boom’? We’re still only part way there

There are many disappointments in the government's response to Innovation and Science Australia's report 'Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation'.
Forecasting income tax a decade into the future is a tricky proposition. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

The Coalition’s income tax cuts will help the rich more, but in a decade everyone pays more anyway

The income tax cuts in the 2018 federal budget are likely to be modestly regressive, giving high earners a lower share of the overall tax burden. But by 2028 income tax will be higher across the board.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale said with inequality rising, reinvestment in public services should be the priority. Lukas Coch/AAP

Don’t give anyone a tax cut: Greens

Instead, the funds should be spent on services, the Greens say.
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.
Governments have all but abandoned the commitments made a decade ago when Kevin Rudd launched a national campaign to reduce homelessness. Dean Lewins/AAP

Homelessness: Australia’s shameful story of policy complacency and failure continues

A decade after the launch of a national campaign against homelessness, the trends are all going the wrong way. A new annual report highlights what's gone wrong and what must be done.
People who work in the black economy come from industries as diverse as horticulture, retail, cleaning, construction and childcare. www.shutterstock.com

What it’s like to be a ‘black economy’ worker

The black economy is more common than we think – how many of us have paid tradies, gardeners or cleaners cash without the exchange of relevant paperwork?
The statue of Captain Cook in St Kilda, Melbourne, was painted pink on January 25 2018. DAVID CROSLING

How Captain Cook became a contested national symbol

The federal government will spend nearly $50 million over four years to commemorate Captain Cook's first landing. But some have questioned the spend.

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