With the 2017 Federal Budget release fast approaching, take a look back at the spending patterns of previous Australian governments.
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Total government spending has increased over time. But the pressure on the budget under a Turnbull government is more acute now than ever before, because spending is outpacing revenue.
Malcolm Turnbull on the day he deposed Tony Abbott as Liberal Party leader in September 2015.
The way times have changed is exemplified in the frequency of party coups against sitting prime ministers.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the eve of the release of the Close the Gap report.
Kevin Rudd called for more to be done to halt the increasing number of Indigenous children being removed from their families.
There are two competing visions for Australia’s future, argues former prime minister Kevin Rudd.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd writes of Australia having lost its national bearings and being powerless to act to find its way in the world.
We thought Malcolm Turnbull had nailed his colours to the mast on climate policy - but maybe not.
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Malcolm Turnbull has said coal will be important for "many decades to come" – joining a long line of prime ministers who talked big on climate policy but found themselves talking up fossil fuels.
Then editor-in-chief of The Australian Chris Mitchell, right, deep in conversation with the Australian Financial Review’s Michael Stutchbury in 2015.
The Australian's former editor-in-chief has written a sometimes thrilling book. But it raises profound questions about relations between media executives and the politically powerful and the trust between journalists and their sources.
Political reporter Karen Middleton is releasing a book about the life and career of Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese. At its heart is a deeply personal story of Albanese's absent father.
The University of Canberra's Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
David Miliband said the assumption in diplomatic circles and among policy watchers had been that Rudd would be a candidate for the UN job.
Former British foreign secretary David Miliband says Kevin Rudd 'undoubtedly had the qualification' to be a candidate for the United Nations secretary-general post.
The royal commission into the Northern Territory's youth detention and child protection systems has had a shaky start.
Kevin Rudd has had his nomination for the role of UN secretary-general knocked back by Malcolm Turnbull.
A furious Kevin Rudd has released correspondence in which he wrote that on 'multiple' occasions Malcolm Turnbull had backed his candidature to run for UN secretary-general.
Those around Malcolm Turnbull insist he really believes refusing Kevin Rudd the chance to be in the running to be UN secretary-general is the right thing to do.
Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to stymie Kevin Rudd’s bid to run for the United Nations secretary-general post is ill-judged, unjustified and unfair. It is a capitulation to the Liberal conservatives. It…
All politics is local. It’s a cliché but one that never goes out of style. Malcolm Turnbull’s unwillingness to endorse Kevin Rudd for the world’s top diplomatic post, the secretary-general of the United…
Malcolm Turnbull swiftly announced a royal commission this week in response to revelations about the treatment of boys in the Don Dale youth detention facility.
Malcolm Turnbull had been under enormous pressure from the Liberal right to block Kevin Rudd from running to be UN secretary-general.
Malcolm Turnbull has prevented Kevin Rudd from running to be secretary-general of the United Nations, declaring he is not suitable for the job.
Kevin Rudd had been hoping to succeed Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general.
How does one go about nominating to be UN secretary-general? And who needs to be on your side to get the top job?
Doubts have been expressed in the bureaucracy about the government nominating Kevin Rudd to be UN secretary-general.
Malcolm Turnbull has been left to decide whether the government should allow Kevin Rudd to be a candidate for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Julie Bishop chats with her counterparts during the East Asia Summit’s foreign ministers meeting in Laos.
The strength of Julie Bishop will be tested on Thursday when she proposes the government should nominate Kevin Rudd to run for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Scott Morrison has indicated he does not support the government nominating Kevin Rudd for the UN secretary-general job.
Scott Morrison has set himself in apparent opposition to Julie Bishop over Australia's nomination of Kevin Rudd as a candidate for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Just as there were winners and losers in Malcolm Turnbull's ministerial reshuffle at the beginning of the week, there will be frontbench promotions and demotions in the Labor Party in the coming days.