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The forecast for Australia’s economic growth in 2019-20 has been cut by 0.25%, and the projected surplus for this financial year slashed by A$2.1 billion. The Conversation

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Mathias Cormann and Jim Chalmers on the mid-year budget update

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Mathias Cormann and Jim Chalmers on the mid-year budget update. The Conversation, CC BY29.7 MB (download)
The figures indicate a worsening economy, but the government has sought to put a positive spin on the situation, saying the Australian economy is showing resilience.
Following conflicting accounts on whether there was a deal, Richard di Natale said Cormann had ‘walked over to senator Lambie and said, “Is it OK if I say there’s no deal?” We heard you say it’. Lukas Coch/AAP

Medevac repealed after government comes to secret arrangement with Jacqui Lambie

After securing a condition which she cannot disclose "due to national security concerns", Jacqui Lambie has voted with the government on the repeal of the medevac laws.
Morrison has trouble keeping his backbenchers in line, as they rebel on issues like superannuation and Newstart. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Morrison finds some cats defy herding

This week, Morrison told his backbench to keep their opinions in line or internal, appointed a man he's personally close to as his new head of the Prime Minister's department, and put the public service in its place.
Jacqui Lambie celebrates the passing of the $158 billion tax cuts with Centre Alliance senators. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: A kinder, gentler Senate - at least for now

The first week of the new parliament ends on a high for the government, with its $158 billion tax cut package passed, and the first stage of tax relief ready to flow in a week or so.
Cormann threw himself under the blame bus on Tuesday, but actually he’d tried earlier to stop the government being run over by the Hanson truck. Mick Tskias/AAP

View from The Hill: How the government’s plan to oppose Hanson’s motion became a vote to support it

One would think ministerial staff would be particularly alert to Hanson motions, and think very carefully before concluding she was doing something as unlikely as putting forward an anti-racist one.
When Tim Storer was sworn in he was escorted by the government and opposition Senate leaders. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Tim Storer, the $35 billion man

Tim Storer has one hell of a decision to make shortly after the May budget, when the government plans to bring back its legislation to give tax cuts to big business.

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