The Turnbull government's schools funding proposal 'should be embraced by all sides of politics' provided some adjustments are made, a Grattan Institute submission says.
Contrary to what Labor and the banks have predicted, revenue from the bank levy will likely be higher, even with deductions.
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.
Some predict Turnbull's leadership will be in the frame unless the numbers improve; on the other hand, another change would be extremely hard.
With its recent budget changes, the government is proposing a rise in marginal tax rates across a wide band of middle incomes and a marginal tax rate cut for the top.
The government's proposed drug test trial shows how data profiling and surveillance targets the poor.
The federal government has defunded a national research agency that looks at how best to adapt to climate-related impacts such as floods, droughts and heatwaves - a decision that could cost lives.
Budget 2017 has allocated A$100 million to boost innovation and advanced manufacturing. But can it fill the hole left by automotive industry closures?
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
The federal budget will pump A$90 million into boosting domestic gas production, as well as investing in pumped hydro and measures to monitor energy prices.
Polled economists say another independent body wouldn't necessairly do a better job of economic forecasting for the budget than Treasury.
When people do downsize, financial incentives are generally not the big things on their minds. And so most of the budget’s financial incentives will go to those who were going to downsize anyway.
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?
Wonky forecasts show it's time for a new approach that adopts more conservative forecasts, and makes a genuine commitment to budget repair.
John Hewson describes the uncertain economic climate into which Scott Morrison will deliver next week's budget.
The government is seeking savings of $2.8 billion from higher education over the budget period, in another attempt at a major shake-up of Australia's university sector.
Politics podcast: Jane Halton on how to make a federal budget.
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In a special budget podcast for the University of Canberra's Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, Michelle Grattan discusses with Jane Halton the makings of a federal budget.
Local communities are likely to be dissatisfied with the report from the PRRT review because its recommendations only apply to future projects and won't herald any changes in the budget.
The company tax cut may signal to the world that Australia wants to be competitive on corporate tax, but it won't make much of a difference to our largest businesses and multinationals.
The latest thought bubbles about using super savings for housing might be less harmful than in the past, but they would be just as ineffective.