The budget papers aren’t so scary, if you know how to read them.
Never been in a budget lockup? Here's a cheat guide to finding what you need to know about the federal budget.
Ghana’s Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor holds a briefcase containing the Government Budget for the year 2010/2011.
African countries such as Ghana are leading the way in budget transparency with what is known as "citizen budgets".
Should students pay more towards their degree?
In the May Budget, the government may look for ways to shift the costs of higher education from the taxpayer to the student.
Paul Clintock, chairman of CEDA, says the report is trying to bring a balanced perspective to the budget debate.
The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) is trying to refocus debate on repairing the budget for the future.
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George's medicine for health crisis is welcome, but not marvellous.
Why Britain's obesity crusader could be heading for disappointment.
Energy in South Africa did not feature as a major part of the 2016 budget speech – unlike in 2015.
South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan left energy analysts disappointed by not discussing the topic in much detail.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers his 2016 budget address to parliament in Cape Town.
South Africa's finance minister delivered a good mix of macro and micro-economic strategies to ensure the country survives economic uncertainty, restores confidence and achieves some growth.
Even Congress gets into the Christmas spirit.
Future taxpayers were the big losers of the trillion-dollar budget deal, who will have to shoulder the burden of higher interest payments.
Could zero-based budgeting make this thing slimmer?
The budgeting method seems to be back in vogue 39 years after Jimmy Carter introduced it to the federal government. So what is it and can it change our free-spending ways?
A budget without bite for tackling a shortfall of homes.
The budget contained some major housing reforms, but the chancellor had no answer to the sector's number-one problem.
Budget day: why wait a year for the next one?
David Cameron has tried to claim the clothes of social justice for the Conservatives. It's time he took them off.
Two sides of the same coin? Convergence theory explains why the Labor and Liberal parties are often closer together on issues than they like to portray.
Convergence theory – which holds that the main Australian political parties will, over time, converge upon near-identical policy positions on most issues – was on full display during budget week.
Looking over Palmerston and the East Arm of Darwin Harbour to the new $35B Inpex LNG plant. Many resources projects in the north are in beautiful, environmentally important places.
This year's federal budget outlined plans for infrastructure in northern Australia, but it will need to do more than build roads and rail to sustainably develop the north.
Small Business Minister Bruce Billson said a single online registration site for small business would be established.
Registration of small businesses will be streamlined as part of the government's package for the sector, which will be a centrepiece of Tuesday's budget.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey pose for photos as they discuss their second budget.
Joe Hockey sounded almost pleading, in his appeal after the Reserve Bank announced an interest rate cut of 0.25 of a percentage point, taking the cash rate to 2%, a new record low.
Changes in environment health are invisible in the national accounts.
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The health of our environment is not included in national accounts data. And we are all poorer for it.
The numbers check out. But how worried should we be?
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“At the moment, we are spending over $100 million a day more than we’re collecting in revenue. Now that’s unsustainable, particularly given we’re spending nearly $40 million a day on the interest on the…
Fast-spinning black holes don’t just exist in space – Queensland’s Liberal National and Labor parties are busy attacking each other’s strategies to cut debt, yet both have been guilty of having black holes in their plans.
Author’s update, January 29: In the week since this article was published (on January 23), Labor has moved to address the funding “black hole” in its plans to reduce Queensland’s debt, mainly by adopting…
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey is facing the prospect of a budget blowout, thanks largely to a hostile Senate.
The Conversation has undertaken a stocktake of the major budget savings measures opposed, at risk, or yet to be legislated. According to our analysis, which has been verified by Grattan Institute chief…