The cuts to higher education funding are more about making savings than improving higher education, and would be extremely hard to change in the future.
Seven charts on the highlights from the government's mid year update of the budget.
The improvements in the government's debt position are entirely because of revisions in economic assumptions, not fantastic fiscal management.
The government hasn't abandoned its jobs and growth mantra in the budget update and remains optimistic despite lower growth and wages forecasts.
The 2017 budget update will show an improvement in the outlook for debt compared with projections in May.