The government’s 10-year target is to increase research and development funding to 2% of GDP. Investment in science in the latest budget is out of step with that goal.
If wellbeing had been made an explicit goal as it it is in New Zealand, Australia’s budget would have been been different.
There were no specific initiatives for women's work in the budget, leaving New Zealand trailing Australia when it comes to gender balance.
By under-promising and over-delivering, Grant Robertson has pulled off a budget that displeases the fewest people.
The economic and emotional impact of COVID-19 has not been shared equally. Now is the time to start rebalancing that burden.
Investment in the arts is also an investment in economic growth, health and well-being – but arts practitioners won’t be holding their breath at budget time.