Gaetjens recently left the job of Treasurer Scott Morrison’s chief of staff, a position he also held with Peter Costello.
Phil Gaetjens, who has served as chief of staff to two Liberal treasurers, will now run the Treasury department, after the early resignation of the current secretary, John Fraser.
Forecasting income tax a decade into the future is a tricky proposition.
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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.
Tax cuts and tax reform have formed the centrepiece of the 2018 Budget.
Burgeoning tax revenues have enabled Treasurer Scott Morrison to bring down a budget that will put the government in a better position to fight the next election.
Treasurer Scott Morrison will say in a speech on Thursday that with a stronger economy, the fiscal position has improved compared with a year ago.
Treasurer Scott Morrison will argue that a stronger budget outlook means the increase in the Medicare levy is no longer required.
An angry Morrison tried to rein in expectations after McCormack boasted about a budget of goodies.
From Morrison's point of view, McCormack's imagery was totally out of whack with his desired framing. Even within the Nationals there is some criticism of the leader for being inept.
The opposition initially said it would not change its plan but would ensure pensioners were protected in other ways.
Labor has capitulated to pressure to exempt pensioners from its plan to end cash refunds for dividend imputation credits.
It now appears inevitable the government will hit 30 consecutive negative Newspolls.
Labor retains a 53-47% unchanged two-party lead in the latest Newspoll.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nicholas Klomp.
Ahead of parliament sitting again next week, Barnaby Joyce is putting his side of the Vikki Campion saga out publicly.
Barnaby Joyce, supposedly on 'leave', is out in the media as part of his fightback against those who would like him out of the deputy prime ministership.
Slightly more optimistic economic figures gives Scott Morrison and the Turnbull government a boost heading into 2018, as the charts explain.
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Seven charts on the highlights from the government's mid year update of the budget.
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.
Watered down higher education measures, a stronger employment rate and lower than expected debt levels are the highlights for MYEFO 2017.
The government hasn't abandoned its jobs and growth mantra in the budget update and remains optimistic despite lower growth and wages forecasts.
Just four lower house MPs voted against legalising same-sex marriage.
The drawn-out process of Australia legalising marriage equality has finally come to a close, with a bill passing the lower house by an overwhelming majority on Thursday.
Malcolm Turnbull has again had his hand forced by rebel backbenchers.
Seldom is a government's impotence and frustration as much on display as it was when Malcolm Turnbull finally capitulated and announced he would set up a banking royal commission.
Scott Morrison released Treasury costings he has had done of Labor’s tax policies.
Labor's 'dark vision' that valued 'envy and populism' over growth would suffocate Australia's economy, Scott Morrison has said.
Revellers celebrate the ‘yes’ result of the same-sex marriage postal ballot in Sydney.
What's still missing in the religious freedoms debate is any clarity around what people think they won't be able to do, or where the existing laws are likely to fail to protect them.
Treasurer Scott Morrison recently asserted that an increase in profits is a prerequisite for wages growth. But is his position supported by data?
Malcolm Turnbull will meet with AGL chief executive Andy Vesey on Monday to discuss the future of the Liddell power station.
As he grapples with the power issue, Malcolm Turnbull has swung increasing emphasis onto coal.
The conservatives’ strategy is to reap what victories they can while Malcolm Turnbull leads.
The lack of moderates in the Liberals' succession list is notable, given Christopher Pyne's ill-judged boast to the faction that it was in the 'winners' circle'.
For the ABS, even the basic task of sending out ballot papers will not be straightforward.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.