Geoff Crisp speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Now that the Coalition has won the federal election, how will it meet its campaign promises on taxes, the environment, education, health and infrastructure?
Labor's childcare policy would do more for the economy than either side's proposed tax cuts.
Wealth inequality in South Africa is not only intolerably high, its also not reducing.
The next government can make its own luck, but it needs to focus on what matters and ignore the rest.
After some years the Coalition's proposals would cost $40 billion per year more than Labor's, but by then Labor will have probably cut tax further too.
The government has set out the tax benefit people in particular occupations would get in the long term under its plan, while Labor has announced funding for pathology from its cancer package.
The IRS already has all the info it needs from 40% of filers, yet lobbying by tax preparers is stymieing efforts to make the filing process simpler.
Governments are addicted to tax revenue from harmful activities. It is stopping them from doing what is in society's best interests.
Six years of Coalition government has had little impact on the tax system. It's not clear whether a Labor government would be any different.
The promised tax cuts will benefit high earners in 2022 and 2024, but by then they'll need it.
The opposition aims to put Medicare at the forefront of its campaigning, as it did in 2016. But there is a notable difference.
The debate about tax cuts has morphed into a debate about annual lump sum payments, and for many Australians, Labor is offering more.
The Labor Party has signalled that equality and fairness will form the centrepiece of its policy framework - but there will be challenges to that if it wins office in May.
Unveiled in his budget reply on Thursday night, Shorten said this would be the “most important investment in Medicare since Bob Hawke created it”.
Democratic lawmakers have offered a number of ways to reverse decades of widening economic inequality. A tax expert gives them a closer look.
Other countries seem happy to pay more tax than we do, and they are among the world's top performers.
If tax seasons is stressing you out, a look at the worst things that could happen to you if you mess up – and why they're so unlikely – may help.
Building a fiscally capable state won't bring benefits in the short term but can build taxpayers confidence.
Ten years ago, almost a third of self-employed people in the UK contributed to pension schemes. That figure has dropped dramatically.