Both opposition leader Bill Shorten and prime minister Scott Morrison dodged the question about maintaining a surplus no matter what.
The state of budget-balance fetishism in Australia means political leaders promise to balance the budget, no matter what.
In Tuesday night’s budget we can expect a last ditch attempt to woo voters ahead of the election in May.
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It’s your money they’re spending in this election-eve budget. Here’s how we’re covering the story.
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The Conversation's editors and experts are off to Canberra for budget lockup at parliament house next Tuesday. They'll have early access to what the government plans to do with our money this year.
Canadian finance minister Bill Morneau announced funding for a new Canadian Drug Agency in the 2019 Federal Budget. Here he speaks at a press conference in Toronto, March 20, 2019.
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A new agency and money for drugs for rare diseases are only very partial steps on the road towards what Canada really needs: a national pharmacare plan.
President Donald Trump on the South Lawn of the White House.
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The popular opinion is that presidents win government shutdowns, but a review of polling evidence paints a different picture.
Members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from right, walk toward the Capitol building, Jan. 4, 2019.
Banned since 2011, pork-barrel spending may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Now, a powerful Democratic lawmaker said she'd like to resurrect the practice to make passing budgets easier.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a separate day to celebrate Indigenous Australians.
It was a week that saw the ABC's managing director and the chair of its board go, with many questions still to be answered; meanwhile Scott Morrison gave the ongoing controversy over Australia Day a new lease of life.
The Carr Fire tears through Shasta, California, July 26, 2018.
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Climate change, development, past forest management policies and current firefighting practices are creating conditions for large, costly wildfires.
Fighting wildfires with air tankers, like this one dropping fire retardant on the Willow Fire in California on September 2, 2015, is expensive and not always effective.
A perfect storm of climate, forestry, development and fire management trends are driving up the costs of fighting wildfires.
Let’s see how well you remember about the previous federal budgets.
The 2018-19 federal budget will be handed down to parliament on May 8. But before that, take our quiz to test out your memories of the previous budgets.
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson is Trump’s nominee to lead the VA.
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While the White House scrambles to fill the VA's top post, the agency's deep issues of inadequate funding and low access for veterans continue to fester.
The new plan is supposed to boost the construction of new roads, bridges and other public works projects.
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The long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan fails to address some major obstacles to private investment.
The White House favors public-private partnerships for widening congested roads and getting other pricey projects done.
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The $1.5 trillion plan he's proposing would do the most for ventures that don't really need the government's help and ignores some major obstacles to private investment.
Trump on Jan. 19, 2018.
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What’s unique about this shutdown? It happened under a unified government – and that’s bad news for the GOP.
Being one of a series of disasters made relief in Puerto Rico harder to come by after Hurricane Maria.
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Charitable giving and government aid can shortchange disasters that follow other disasters.
Basic research and applications coexist in a tangled two-way ecosystem.
A new study connects the dots between published science and patented innovations, mapping just how society benefits from basic scientific research.
Impacts of federal research funding can be felt region-wide.
Research dollars don't stay locked up in academia and government labs. R&D collaborations with the private sector are common – and grow the innovation economy.
AIDS activists stage a ‘die-in’ in 1992 in Houston about lack of funding for AIDS research under President George H.W. Bush.
New treatments and prevention programs have inhibited the spread of HIV/AIDS since June 5, 1981, when the CDC first reported what would become HIV. Here's why it's important not to cut funding now.
Waving an American flag along 5th Avenue.
In past wars, taxes were increased to cover some of the extra spending. That's not the case for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the costs are adding up fast.
An ageing population is making the retirement system unsustainable.
The current retirement system is unsustainable. We could learn from the way higher education is funded.
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.