Seven charts on the highlights from the government's mid year update of the budget.
The improvements in the government's debt position are entirely because of revisions in economic assumptions, not fantastic fiscal management.
The government hasn't abandoned its jobs and growth mantra in the budget update and remains optimistic despite lower growth and wages forecasts.
The drawn-out process of Australia legalising marriage equality has finally come to a close, with a bill passing the lower house by an overwhelming majority on Thursday.
Seldom is a government's impotence and frustration as much on display as it was when Malcolm Turnbull finally capitulated and announced he would set up a banking royal commission.
Labor's 'dark vision' that valued 'envy and populism' over growth would suffocate Australia's economy, Scott Morrison has said.
What's still missing in the religious freedoms debate is any clarity around what people think they won't be able to do, or where the existing laws are likely to fail to protect them.
Treasurer Scott Morrison recently asserted that an increase in profits is a prerequisite for wages growth. But is his position supported by data?
As he grapples with the power issue, Malcolm Turnbull has swung increasing emphasis onto coal.
The lack of moderates in the Liberals' succession list is notable, given Christopher Pyne's ill-judged boast to the faction that it was in the 'winners' circle'.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.
Tony Abbott told a Liberal branch meeting in the Deakin electorate of Michael Sukkar that 'just at the moment … we're at a bit of a low ebb'.
Scott Morrison's comments reflect the concern in the government at the difficulty it is finding in cutting through to the electorate.
The University of Canberra’s Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
A combination of incompetence and expediency has let down the country in the task of fixing up the budget.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said Australia's banks have a return on equity about twice that of banks in other advanced economies. Is that right?
Some predict Turnbull's leadership will be in the frame unless the numbers improve; on the other hand, another change would be extremely hard.
The University of Canberra's Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
As the government sought to fireproof itself in Labor's areas of strength, the budget produced a new challenge for Bill Shorten.
But the key point is that the big five banks are the ideal soft target for a tax raid because they are both rich and lacking in friends.