In Tuesday night’s budget we can expect a last ditch attempt to woo voters ahead of the election in May.
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It’s your money they’re spending in this election-eve budget. Here’s how we’re covering the story.
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The Conversation's editors and experts are off to Canberra for budget lockup at parliament house next Tuesday. They'll have early access to what the government plans to do with our money this year.
Chris Bowen on the budget and Labor’s policies
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen tells The Conversation he accepts that big business will "lobby on their own path".
The opposition initially said it would not change its plan but would ensure pensioners were protected in other ways.
Labor has capitulated to pressure to exempt pensioners from its plan to end cash refunds for dividend imputation credits.
Chris Bowen says that failure to reform negative gearing and family trusts will put increasing tax pressure on low- and middle-income earners.
Chris Bowen will target tax loopholes and concessions in a speech on Monday.
Housing policymaking hasn’t gone smoothly since Tony Abbott sidelined the experts by scrapping the National Housing Supply Council in 2013.
Unaffordable housing and homelessness are burning issues. Policymaking has suffered from a critical lack of data and expert input since the National Housing Supply Council was axed in 2013.
Bill Shorten says Labor’s targeting of trusts is about delivering a level playing field in tax.
Labor has proposed a crackdown on discretionary trusts, which would raise $4.1 billion over the forward estimates and $17.2 billion over a decade.
Politics podcast: Chris Bowen on Labor’s budget responses.
Labor is 'taking a bit of time' before announcing its position on the company tax cuts, Chris Bowen says.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen told the National Press Club that a Labor government would “show the ratings agencies the quality of our plans.”
The S&P Global report cites the potential for low wage growth and low inflation as a 'downside risk' for the projections on getting to budget balance.
Politics podcast: Andrew Giles on schools funding.
Andrew Giles says the strong opposition from Catholic schools to the government's education package is because they were given 'almost no notice' of the funding changes.
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough.
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Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
Chris Bowen and Tony Burke put out Labor’s costings just after Malcolm Turnbull’s official launch of the Coalition’s campaign.
Labor has unveiled its costings, showing it would have a deficit of around $16 billion higher across the forward estimates than that shown in the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Labor announced a suite of savings measures at a press conference in Sydney.
Labor’s weakest flank in this election is economic credibility and it knows it. A combination of the past, including memories of Wayne Swan’s ever-elusive surplus, and the present, with the perception…
Chris Bowen stressed that Labor’s fiscal program, when fully released, would ‘see us return to budget balance in exactly the same time frame as the government’.
The opposition will attempt to strengthen its economic credentials by announcing on Friday a package of savings to help pay for its policies and improve the budget bottom line.
Chris Bowen at the Treasurers’ Debate with Scott Morrison.
Was Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen right to say that the Coalition presided over the most sustained fall in our living standards since records began?
Two views of the Australian economy.
Scott Morrison and Chris Bowen kept to their lines, but both ignored Australia's most compelling economic issue.
The Treasurers’ Debate was a yawn.
I haven’t fallen asleep during the day for decades, but I came pretty close today watching the Treasurers’ debate between Scott Morrison and Chris Bowen on the major issue of the election campaign - economic…
It's difficult to pick which side of politics won the first week of the election campaign.
Duncan Storrar is the man of the moment.
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Chris Bowen's budget response set the framework for this campaign - now for the detail.
In his Tuesday National Press Club address, Chris Bowen highlighted the need to preserve Australia’s AAA credit rating.
Chris Bowen presented at the National Press Club on Tuesday as a well-prepared alternative treasurer, who could slot into the real job very easily if July 2 brought the chance. “Neat” is the word that…
Was Scott Morrison right about the powers of ASIC?
After Labor proposed a royal commission into the banking industry, Treasurer Scott Morrison said the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has all the powers of a royal commission and more. Is that right?