John Howard called an election a fortnight after announcing the GST on August 13 1998, which he only narrowly won.
National Archives of Australia
The introduction of the GST got off to a wobbly start, but has since become accepted as the Australian way of paying for things.
The newly sworn-in Howard ministry in March 1996.
National Archives of Australia
The latest release from the National Archives reveals how the Howard government managed a budget deficit, and presents a striking contrast with the Abbott government's framing of the 2013 budget.
The government’s stubborn commitment to coal is alienating it from its natural supporters in the business community.
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The federal government's the stubborn commitment to coal is pulling the government’s economic policy towards the sort of state socialism it is supposed to abhor.
Some have set the course for electoral victory, others have tanked. In any case, federal budgets are important moments in the life of governments – especially those that are a little wobbly.
Peter Costello says the government’s first preoccupation would have to be internal management.
Former treasurer Peter Costello has raised questions about how much the Turnbull government can achieve given its political situation, and warned of the risk of a defection.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s failure to talk about basic measures of the economy in his second budget speech is telling.
A budget speech that fails to discuss basic measures of how the economy going is revealing in itself. Joe Hockey is the first treasurer since at least 1981 not to mention GDP.
University of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Peter Costello believes the Liberals are destroying their economic credentials.
It's no secret that Peter Costello doesn't give a high mark to the Abbott government, and every now and then he uses his column in News Corp papers to call it out.
Journalist George Megalogenis takes an affectionate journey through the milieu of Australia’s economic reform in a new ABC documentary, Making Australia Great.
A line-up of former prime ministers stake their rival claims to making Australia great, in a new series by journalist George Megalogenis.
Former treasurer Peter Costello has waded into the tax reform debate.
Former treasurer Peter Costello has said the government should lay down its principles for tax reform ahead of setting up…
Tony Abbott has promised not to cut areas such as health, education and payments to the poor and disadvantaged, but a Commission of Audit report traditionally trumps such Liberal National Party promises.
There has been much, and justified, criticism, of Tony Abbott’s decision to conceal the costings of his policies until two days before the election, when the electronic media blackout will be in place…
Crisis talks: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, September 2009.
“I think people are all excited about the fact that when the G20 is hosted in Australia next year, the G20 Finance [Ministers] will be meeting here in Cairns in far north Queensland… of course, that exists…
What sort of economic legacy did the long-serving Howard-Costello prime minister-treasurer double act really leave?
The good times are over. That’s the message both parties are sending out ahead of the budget and September’s election. Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey promises major cuts to spending and welfare if the coalition…
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announces his government’s plan to outsource, rather than completely privatise, many public services.
Back in July last year Queensland Premier Campbell Newman was in a very black mood. All was gloom and doom in the Sunshine State, as he warned Queensland was “on the way to being bankrupted” without tough…