South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan in a balancing game
South Africa's finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, had to battle poor growth and falling revenue in preparing the 2016 medium term budget. How did he do?
Thousands of students marched to parliament where South Africa’s finance minister presented his mid-term budget.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan announced that government expenditure on higher education and specifically universities will be the fastest growing expenditure items on the budget.
Chinese graduates celebrate. A university degree is a passport to a better life
There is no such thing as ‘free higher education’. Someone has to pay. And the reality is that low, or no tuition fees benefit middle and high-income families.
The government is keen to push its omnibus savings bill through parliament.
We need to ask on what basis the government is making its budget savings a 'moral' issue, and how the opposition can possibly support it.
Generous superannuation tax breaks for the rich are creating inequality, analysis shows.
Both the government and opposition's proposed reforms to the superannuation system will target generous tax breaks given mostly to wealthy retirees.
In his Bloomberg Address on Thursday Scott Morrison talked of ‘the taxed and the taxed-not’.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has given notice of a fresh assault on the crucial challenge of budget repair. Let’s hope he and Malcolm Turnbull have learned from the unfortunate self-destructing experience…
Labor leader Bill Shorten has shown, with the announcement of the party’s super plan, that he’s willing to cooperate with the government on some measures.
Labor's superannuation plan shows some promise for budget repair, if the two parties can compromise where it counts.
Bill Shorten will say in a speech that his package would save more than $80 billion over a decade.
Bill Shorten on Wednesday will propose a budget repair package worth $8 billion over the forward estimates.
Outgoing Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens makes his last public speech as head of the RBA.
The challenges ahead for Australia include sustaining a stronger growth outlook.
Former Treasurer Wayne Swan first introduced the idea of a post-election costing of policies.
The 2016 post-election report from the Parliamentary Budget Office lacks context and comes too late to inform voters.
The budget repair necessary to keep Australia’s AAA credit rating seems even less likely after the election.
Budget repair seems even less plausible after this election and this is the main risk to Australia's AAA credit rating.
Australia PBO could be more politically active.
Business Briefing: how does Australia’s policy costing agency, the PBO, compare?
The Parliamentary Budget Office is being used to cost policies in this election but could it be more politically active?
What does the budget hold for health care?
This is a steady-as-she goes budget, mostly just confirming pre-announcements with only the expected unpleasant decisions, such as the continuation of the Medicare rebate freeze.
This year’s federal budget will be a tricky affair for government and opposition.
The impending election will mean a lot of spin and little substance from both sides of government in this year's federal budget.
During the 1990 budget speech.
National Archives of Australia
Michelle Grattan takes a look back at some memorable budget moments.
David Cameron deceives us once again.
Stefan Rousseau / PA Archive/Press Association Images
The government used careful wording to pull the wool over our eyes about NHS spending.
The budget papers aren’t so scary, if you know how to read them.
Never been in a budget lockup? Here's a cheat guide to finding what you need to know about the federal budget.
Ghana’s Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor holds a briefcase containing the Government Budget for the year 2010/2011.
African countries such as Ghana are leading the way in budget transparency with what is known as "citizen budgets".
Should students pay more towards their degree?
In the May Budget, the government may look for ways to shift the costs of higher education from the taxpayer to the student.
Paul Clintock, chairman of CEDA, says the report is trying to bring a balanced perspective to the budget debate.
The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) is trying to refocus debate on repairing the budget for the future.