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To start with each side offers a “lamington” (Low and Middle Income Tax offset), then the differences get serious. Shutterstock/Grattan Institute

Your income tax questions answered in three easy charts: Labor and Coalition proposals side by side

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.
Frydenberg may claim education is critical to the prosperity of our country, but his budget does not reflect this. from shutterstock.com

Don’t be fooled, billions for schools in budget 2019 aren’t new. And what happened to the national evidence institute?

The government has delivered a pretty disappointing budget for education, with no secure funding for early childhood education and a recycled commitment of $300 for schools.
The budget provides some short-term boosts for aged care and mental health but little opportunity for much-needed structural reform. Shutterstock

Budget 2019 boosts aged care and mental health, and modernises Medicare: health experts respond

The budget includes a step towards modernising Medicare, through a new annual payment for each person with diabetes who signs up with a specific GP.
Commuters at Epping train station board replacement buses during work on the line for the Sydney Metro, the biggest of all the promised projects. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How the NSW election promises on transport add up

The major parties are promising projects costing tens of billions of dollars, with a surprisingly large overlap between them. Yet only two have been endorsed by infrastructure authorities.
Released political donations data found nearly 90% of declared donations to the Tassie Liberals were from gambling groups. Paul Jeffers/AAP

Tasmania’s gambling election shows Australia needs tougher rules on money in politics

Today the Commonwealth has released data on political donations. It shows high levels of donations from the gambling industry to political parties.

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