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Less hard hats, more soft hearts: budget pivots to women and the care sector

Last year’s post-budget photo ops were all heavy machinery and hard hats. But this year we can expect soft-focus shots with children and the...

The budget’s tax cuts have their critics, but this year they make fiscal sense

This year’s budget is something of a play in two acts. Act one involves large economic stimulus to help plug the hole in output...

Budget 2020: promising tax breaks, but relying on hope

Tax cuts aren’t the half of it. The personal income tax cuts promised in the budget will cost A$17.8 billion over four years. The measures aimed...

Frydenberg’s three-stage economic recovery is abominably hard to get right

Gone are the days when economic policy was adjusted once each year by the government in the budget and fine-tuned once each month at...
The big stimulus spending has just begun. Here’s how to get it right, quickly

The big stimulus spending has just begun. Here’s how to get it right, quickly

Responding to COVID-19 required governments to make hard choices with enormous consequences. The biggest were whether to let the disease rip, lock it down,...

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