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Blink and you’ll miss it: what the budget did for working mums

Working mothers get something in the budget, but not much, and not for long. Before the budget the second earner in a couple with young...

‘Could do better’: Top Australian economists award the budget a cautious pass

Australia’s leading economists have struggled to grade this month’s budget. Challenged by the Economic Society of Australia and The Conversation to rate it on a...

The budget promises jobs, but does little for workers in the gig economy

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg promised a federal budget focused on “jobs, jobs, jobs”. In one sense he didn’t disappoint. His budget speech mentioned jobs 37...

New modelling finds investing in childcare and aged care almost pays for itself

In the absence of official analysis of the impact of the budget by gender the National Foundation for Australian Women has this morning published...

In defence of JobMaker, the replacement for JobKeeper: not perfect, but much to like

There’s a lot to like about the JobMaker Hiring Credit announced in the budget. As lockdowns ease, it’s logical to cautiously move from protecting jobs...

None of the justifications for weakening bank lending standards quite makes sense

The budget plan to scrap Australia’s decade-old responsible lending obligations warrants detailed examination. It is hard to see how the stated reasons for easing what’s...

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