Federal treasurer Scott Morrison’s diagnosis of the risks and challenges confronting the Australian economy is hard to fault. But tackling those problems will require flexibility from the government.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that Australia spends more at a Commonwealth level on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than it does on child care or higher education. Is he right?
A decent national housing policy is not just about the million or so Australians who are in housing need, marginal housing or homeless. In reality, all the housing sectors are connected.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that Labor's negative gearing policy would deliver "massive shocks" to the residential housing market and drive all investors away. Does that claim stack up?
The release of the defence white paper this week revealed plans to substantially increase Australia's military spending over the next two decades.
The Turnbull government desperately needs a circuit breaker. It is in an appalling mess over tax policy and it can't afford to wait until the budget to have it sorted out.
Even 12 months ago, challenging negative gearing seemed off limits. Now, there are real plans for reform.