Scandals, elections, budgets, 2016 had it all. Here's what made news in business and economics.
Who’s doing it tougher?
Beyond debates about the avocado smash generation lies some misnomers on which generation had it better.
David Leyonhjelm negotiated for the numbers in the budget to be reported in per capita terms.
The government has agreed to report some budget numbers on a per capita basis. But there's a lot more to do in how we talk about numbers.
NASA Earth Science Division operating missions, including systems managed by NOAA and USGS.
NASA Earth Observing System
A retired rear admiral warns President-elect Trump against cutting NASA's Earth observations, which provide essential data for weather forecasters, businesses, scientists and the armed forces.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have reached a compromise on the Renewable Energy Agency: it will see survive, but with reduced funding.
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is saved - albeit with less money.
Malcolm Turnbull sets about the business of his returned government with the Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson.
With nearly 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth at risk of coming to an end, the new government must make budget repair a priority.
Viewing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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A new study estimates that Americans would pay US$92 billion yearly in extra taxes to protect national parks. The finding underlines calls from experts for more money to preserve and maintain the parks.
Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann launched an assault on Labor’s spending promises.
Consider this statement from Treasurer Scott Morrison about the alleged financial “black hole” in Labor’s program. “The worst case scenario is $67 billion. Best case scenario is a $32 billion black hole…
Tony Abbott can rest assured he has made a lasting contribution to Australia’s future.
Tony Abbott spent just shy of two years as Prime Minister, but that doesn't mean he didn't leave a lasting legacy.
Tesla owners are likely to be less price sensitive than most.
There's more than the GST to consider when seeking revenue from tax.
Was federal treasurer Scott Morrison right about falling government expenditure?
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Federal treasurer Scott Morrison said that expenditure as a share of the economy under this government is falling, not increasing. Is that right?
Commission of Audit chair Tony Shepherd may well be asking: “What happened?”
The Commission of Audit set the high water mark for reform designed to protect Australia against an economic downturn. One year on, little of it has made it into policy.
Politicians don’t want us thinking too hard about what they say and do.
What you make of the federal budget will be based on quick judgement rather than any careful analysis. And that's just the way politicians like it.
The health system is at the heart of some of Australia’s strongest fiscal pressures.
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Following our series on Tony Abbott's five pillars of the economy, today we look at a sector overlooked by the prime minister.
The Australian government needs to be concerned about our rising debt levels.
In the latest in our Budget Explainer series, Mark Crosby explains debt and deficit and where Australia stands.
Fundamental shifts in the Australian economy have resulted in structural budget deficit.
In our federal budget explainer series, Guay Lim explains what Australia's structural deficit really means.
The key indicators of the health of the economy are the unemployment rate, inflation rate and economic growth.
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The key economic indicators to look out for on budget night.
Treasurer Joe Hockey is expected to report this month that the budget balance is deteriorating in his mid-year economic and fiscal outlook.
The federal budget balance is expected to deteriorate. The reasons are numerous but, in a lengthy statement, the government sums it up in terms of two key factors. These are: the softer economic outlook…
When Joe Hockey argues against dole-bludgers is he talking about individuals - or the entire welfare state?
Bludgers are back, and with them their traditional sparring partners, the battlers. The welfare changes in the Abbott government’s first budget have created fierce debate. On the side of the government…
Australia leads the world in water accounting standards, but this is at risk.
As part of its budget cuts, the federal government plans to disband the Water Accounting Standards Board, which looks after water accounting. But is this leaving business high and dry? Water accounting…