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Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

FactCheck: is wage growth at record lows?

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
Chris Bowen and Tony Burke put out Labor’s costings just after Malcolm Turnbull’s official launch of the Coalition’s campaign. Dan Peled/AAP

Labor costings: ALP deficit $16.5 billion higher over the budget period

Labor has unveiled its costings, showing it would have a deficit of around $16 billion higher across the forward estimates than that shown in the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Labor announced a suite of savings measures at a press conference in Sydney. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Bill Shorten’s savings package looks a little desperate

Labor’s weakest flank in this election is economic credibility and it knows it. A combination of the past, including memories of Wayne Swan’s ever-elusive surplus, and the present, with the perception…
Chris Bowen stressed that Labor’s fiscal program, when fully released, would ‘see us return to budget balance in exactly the same time frame as the government’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Labor to release savings package

The opposition will attempt to strengthen its economic credentials by announcing on Friday a package of savings to help pay for its policies and improve the budget bottom line.
The Treasurers’ Debate was a yawn. AAP/Stefan Postles

Accusations and slogans reduce Treasurers’ Debate to a yawn

I haven’t fallen asleep during the day for decades, but I came pretty close today watching the Treasurers’ debate between Scott Morrison and Chris Bowen on the major issue of the election campaign - economic…
In his Tuesday National Press Club address, Chris Bowen highlighted the need to preserve Australia’s AAA credit rating. Dean Lewins/AAP

Aspiring treasurer Chris Bowen looks fit for purpose

Chris Bowen presented at the National Press Club on Tuesday as a well-prepared alternative treasurer, who could slot into the real job very easily if July 2 brought the chance. “Neat” is the word that…
Chris Bowen talks about his new book, The Money Men, in which he analyses twelve of Australia’s most notable treasurers. Stefan Postles/AAP

Politics podcast: Chris Bowen

Chris Bowen and Michelle Grattan step away from the day-to-day politics to talk about Bowen’s new book, The Money Men, in which he writes about twelve of Australia’s most notable treasurers.
Treasurer Joe Hockey said the Intergenerational Report was ‘a social compact between the generations’. AAP/Lukas Coch

Hockey looks to elderly for Australian prosperity

By mid-century, Australia will have about 40,000 people aged 100 and above – well more than 300 times the 122 centenarians there were in 1975, according to the Intergenerational Report released on Thursday.
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says Hockey wants a big heft in debt ceiling so he won’t have to come back to Parliament again. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Labor plays hardball on debt ceiling – as well as on mining tax and carbon price

The opposition is going into the new parliament with something of the “relentlessly negative” frame of mind that it used to attack in Tony Abbott. It will try to deny the government its way on the three…

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