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The government still won’t acknowledge why the deficit isn’t going away, but it’s not too late to take some simple steps
It’s hardly surprising that the International Monetary Fund has urged the federal government to spend more on infrastructure, writes Tim Colebatch.
What do we know so far about the likely post-election scene? Tim Colebatch has been crunching the latest numbers
Europe offers lessons for Australian parties uneasy at the prospect of having to talk to each other
With the major parties level-pegging, a defeat for the Coalition isn’t out of the question. So what would a Labor government look like?
Governments are in denial about population growth and its impact on Australia’s major cities. It’s time to take up the challenge.
It’s not too late for Malcolm Turnbull to regain some of the ground he’s lost on tax. Labor’s plan shows why he can’t afford to dodge it
Infrastructure Australia’s latest report got lost in the tax debate this week, writes Tim Colebatch. It deserves a closer look
The mid-year budget update reveals the size of the problem, and it isn’t just about spending
The government faces a paradox. It needs to stop the tax debate from running out of control but that means making unpopular decisions.