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.
This budget, led by Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull, will form part of the government’s repositioning as an advocate of equal opportunity and fairness.
The Turnbull government is desperately trying to develop a more convincing economic narrative around good economic management, nation-building and fairness.
The political legacy of Abbott's broken promises contributed to Malcolm Turnbull's near-death experience at last July's federal election. ThisTurnbull government budget will be largely about burying the legacy of its predecessor.
Scott Morrison is digging in behind the government’s changes to the way schools are funded.
Scott Morrison has a lot on his plate ahead of Tuesday night's federal budget, including Catholic schools unhappy at how the school funding changes will affect them.
Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull board an airplane for a meeting with US President Donald Trump in New York.
When the public are deeply cynical and distrustful, and have turned their back on a government, can that government change its image and the voters' view?
Tony Abbott said he would not flag what may or may not be said in the partyroom on schools funding.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has taken a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull's schools plan.
As Malcolm Turnbull aspires to get a lift by thinking big, the Coalition is searching for hope in the smallest positive sign.
As the government seeks to rein in the excessive expectations of what it can do to make housing more affordable, Malcolm Turnbull is throwing everything at his energy security policy.
B.A. Santamaria (left) played a significant role in the Labor split and the formation of the Democratic Labor Party.
Viewed from today’s post-Cold War and secularised society, the conflicts at heart of the Labor split appear curiously arcane. Yet its ghosts remain.
Riven by dispute about the idea of liberalism espoused by Robert Menzies, and increasingly at risk of fracture, a once great party is in turmoil.
Indonesia President Joko Widodo speaks as Malcolm Turnbull looks on during a media conference in the gardens of Kirribilli House on Sunday.
A disastrous Newspoll showing the Coalition trailing Labor 45-55%, One Nation gaining ground and Malcolm Turnbull's ratings falling will fuel the alarm and anger in the Coalition.
Malcolm Turnbull let fly with barely repressed fury against Tony Abbott.
Malcolm Turnbull has unleashed massive retaliation against Tony Abbott as appalled Liberals, who can only fear where it will all end, watch the former prime minister tear at the leadership of the man who…
Tony Abbott gave another jab at Malcolm Turnbull's leadership this week in a speech and in an interview on Sky.
Tony Abbott took aim at the government’s current signals about the future direction of its energy policy.
Tony Abbott thinks the Coalition should cut renewable energy, reduce immigration, and stop all new spending.
How do we know what we think we know? Accuracy, care and rigorous method gets us somewhere there, especially on issues like racism.
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.
The government has shown no interest in Tony Abbott’s idea, which on the past record of referendums would almost certainly fail.
Tony Abbott's proposal for a constitutional change to make it easier for a government to pass legislation blocked by the Senate does not have support in his own electorate, according to polling.
Pro-Donald Trump bots worked to sway public opinion in the US election by secretly taking over pro-Hillary Clinton hashtags and spreading fake news stories.
Bots have not just been used in the US, but also in Australia, the UK, Germany, Syria and China. To what extent – and how – are they affecting political discourse?
Tony Abbott launched the Green Army program, and remains a big fan.
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The possible axing of the Green Army, which aimed to put thousands to work tending conservation projects, leaves many questions unanswered - the biggest being the reason for the sudden retreat.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott planting trees during a visit to a green army project in Queanbeyan in 2015.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has lashed out at the prospect of the Turnbull government scrapping one of his signature programs, the Green Army.
Tony Abbott said the Coalition needed to sharpen the differences with Labor rather than try to minimise them.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has taken a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull's 'innovation' narrative and called for 'another big push' on repairing the budget.