In February Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg called the idea of a well-being budget 'laughable'. It's time he took it seriously.
COVID-19 pandemic has seen the Morrison government abandon long-held dogma on debt and deficits. But on climate and energy, it's singing from the same old songbook.
The 2020 budget explained in 7 charts: the major cuts and spends, the new tax rates, and that almighty debt.
The government wants consumers to spend, spend, spend: the question is whether they will feel confident to do so.
The government has brought forward planned future tax cuts. And while some say we shouldn't be cutting taxes during a recession, the plan has its merits.
Assuming jobs will grow as JobKeeper is wound back is a leap of faith.
The federal budget is set to deliver faster tax cuts and cash for pensioners amid a Herculean push to create more jobs.
Borrowing to reduce unemployment and increase growth will pay for itself.
Routinely on budget night many journalists and experts question the assumptions, forecasts and projections in the budget. In this budget, it goes without saying they are all rubbery.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon
The government has announced reforms to facilitate an increased flow of credit to households and businesses.
With the Australian economy expected to be 6% smaller by mid-next year, when compared with the end of last year, Josh Frydenberg has delivered a sombre outlook.
The Morrison government will make sweeping changes to the insolvency system to improve the chances of saving small businesses hit by the pandemic.
Facebook says it will ban publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram if a proposal to force tech giants to pay for news becomes law.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has issued estimates indicating that six out of ten of the 2.24 million people on JobKeeper are expected to be Victorian.
More than half of the 1.3 million people who lost their jobs or were stood down on zero hours at the start of the pandemic had started some form of work by July, according to figures released by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
History will be made when the federal parliament commences its first “hybrid” sitting in the fortnight starting next week, with some members connecting virtually.
Tradespeople and others in licensed occupations would find it easier to work across state and territory boundaries next year under a plan being developed.
A look at the week in politics, focussing on what Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has described as "without doubt, the biggest shock this country has ever faced".
If anyone had told the Coalition when it was elected in 2013 that it would be presiding over such a debt level, let alone arguing its virtues, they'd have been laughed out of court...