A soft budget - if you overlook the nasty bits still there from last year – with more giveaways than takeaways inevitably fanned talk of a possible double dissolution this year.
With this budget, this government has sent a clear message that it does not trust the Australia Council to do its bidding – and that it will now pursue its own funding agenda for the arts.
A crackdown on terrorist groups that use the internet and social media to recruit Australians is part of the federal government's new budget.
Treasurer Joe Hockey's small business package may lead to gaming of the system and fairness is an issue.
A national domestic violence crisis hotline is still under-funded and unable to keep up with demand, after the 2015 federal budget delivered only a few short-term measures on domestic violence.
Since the foundation of the Australia Council arts funding has been administered at arms length. The fine print of this year's Budget is set to change that.
The two announcements in the federal budget beg the question: is a piece of infrastructure really needed or is it being built to buy popularity?
Environment minister Greg Hunt hasn't asked for any more money for the Emissions Reduction Fund. So what is actually in the budget, as far as climate change is concerned?
The Federal Budget 2015 makes little mention of emissions reductions or renewable energy, but does feature funding boosts for drought assistance and the Great Barrier Reef. What else is in?
The budget trajectory relies on a lot going right at a time when the government hasn't seen many green shoots.
The Commission of Audit set the high water mark for reform designed to protect Australia against an economic downturn. One year on, little of it has made it into policy.
Today’s budget fails to provide any new incentives to a Senate that is going to need a strong reason to give the deregulation bill a third run.
Joe Hockey's first budget was a declaration of ideological belief. The second is about political survival and depends on breathing life back into the economy -- the ideological urgency can wait.
A neutral fiscal policy stance should be the general rule for Australia. It is unwise to attempt to use the federal budget to manage economic growth.
Only certain multinationals will be targeted under new corporate tax avoidance rules announced by Treasurer Joe Hockey.
The government has dropped plans to index age pensions to CPI and opted instead to tighten income and assets test. These are welcome changes but more needs to be done.
There were no truly nasty surprises in last night's Budget for the arts – but clear discomfort was expressed with the "arms-length" approach that hitherto has guided the allocation of arts funding.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Future Fellowships schemes have won a reprieve in this year's budget.
Small business and families top the list of winners, while tax avoiders and rich retirees stand to lose.
The budget has dribs and drabs of funds for various school projects, but they pale in comparison to the Gonski money we're missing out on.