It's said the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. Let's hope that's not the case with Mathias Cormann's climate stance when he joins the OECD.
Mathias Cormann's placement on the OECD would be a win for Australia – but already it could come at a cost
Anthony Albanese's budget reply made the point that Labor had very different priorities to the government's.
a budget for a pandemic.
Michelle Grattan discusses the budget with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Shadow Minister Katy Gallagher
Thursday's economic statement is expected to contain a revamped working of JobKeeper
Christopher Pyne on being ‘the ultimate insider’
Michelle Grattan discusses politics, and life after politics, with Christopher Pyne.
Developments in Melbourne on Saturday are more important, and certainly of more interest to the public, than what has happened in Eden-Monaro. According to the count so far, Anthony Albanese is set to…
Many workers in the film industry are excluded from JobKeeper.
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JobKeeper is designed for people with steady jobs. The arts don't work that way.
An attempt to hobble Mathias Cormann in retaliation for the government's refusal to produce the Gaetjens Report on Bridget McKenzie failed after Pauline Hanson withdrew her support.
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I'd hoped to keep my absence nice and private, especially from those quiet Australians fighting fires. Regrettably, despite best efforts, my press office wasn't able to keep a lid on the story.
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.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Mathias Cormann and Jim Chalmers on the mid-year budget update.
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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’.
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.
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.
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.
Jacqui Lambie makes a deal in “good faith” - forgiveness of Tasmania’s housing debt in return for support of the government’s tax package.
The government's election centrepiece – its $158 billion, three-stage tax package – is set to pass into law, as the key vote of crossbencher Senator Jacqui Lambie is confirmed.
The proposed 3 stage tax plan will cost $158 billion.
The government's proposed income tax cut plan has put Labor into a bind and Pauline Hanson into a hissy fit.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan talk about the week in politics.
This is one more setback for Cormann, who has seen his reputation.
badly dented in the last few months.
It's reasonable to take Cormann at his word about missing that the change hadn't been processed. Even accepting this, however, the affair looks bad for Cormann, who failed the “Caesar's wife” test.
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.
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.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann.
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Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said corporate tax cuts in the US had led to 'stronger investment, stronger growth, a lower unemployment rate and higher wages'. Let's take a closer look.