Michelle Grattan discusses the slowing economy, and the response to Channel 9's decision to host a fundraiser for the Liberal party.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on a slowing economy
This week's June quarter national accounts showed the weakest economic growth since the GFC, but Treasurer Josh Frydenberg remains optimistic.
Households are buying no more than they were a year ago, and the wage share of national income is the lowest since 1964.
Australia is becoming more like the United States. Increasingly, we invest overseas. Our domestic economy is weak.
It it wasn't for a surge in government spending economic growth would be extraordinarily weak. As it is, it's the weakest since the global financial crisis.
Both Gaetjens and Frydenberg might reflect, incidentally, that this, the first budget for each of them, is likely to be their last - if the opinion polls are right.
The treasurer says 2018 was a year of two halves, but there were signs of a downturn well before mid year.
Wednesday's national accounts were good, perhaps as good as they'll get.
After the national accounts showed the economy going backwards in the September quarter, Scott Morrison called for "partners" in the parliament to drive the government's economic plan through.
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
Was Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen right to say that the Coalition presided over the most sustained fall in our living standards since records began?
Australia has had 24 years of consistent growth. Is it all about to come to a crashing end?