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Cuts to social services and increased tax revenue deliver reduced budget deficit

Cuts to social services and increased tax revenue deliver reduced budget deficit

Treasurer Scott Morrison says ‘cautious and wise’ approach to finances is helping Australia maintain its credit ratingA multibillion-dollar cut to spending on social services and higher-than-expected
Interest rate anxiety ‘new threat’ to central bank independence

Interest rate anxiety ‘new threat’ to central bank independence

Reserve Bank’s deputy governor Guy Debelle says people increasingly blame central banks for economic woesOne of the Reserve Bank’s most senior officials has warned the public’s anxiety about low
Socialism with a spine: the only 21st century alternative | John Quiggin

Socialism with a spine: the only 21st century alternative | John Quiggin

Soft neoliberalism has exhausted its appeal. The best progressive alternative is an explicit embrace of socialismSocialism is back, much to the chagrin of those who declared it dead and buried at the
IMF tells rich nations that greater urgency needed on climate change

IMF tells rich nations that greater urgency needed on climate change

Fund’s latest World Economic Outlook also cautions global economic recovery may stall because of poor wages growthThe International Monetary Fund has warned the world’s richest nations to have a
IMF says Australia has one of the fastest rising income inequality rates

IMF says Australia has one of the fastest rising income inequality rates

Economic body’s Fiscal Monitor shows Australia’s 30-year inequality growth is similar to the US, India, China and the UKAustralia is among countries with the highest growth in income inequality in the
Women do most of the housework and other surprising census figures | Greg Jericho

Women do most of the housework and other surprising census figures | Greg Jericho

A breakdown of Australia’s highest and lowest income, levels of mortgage stress and unpaid domestic work by gender won’t come as a shock to anyoneThe latest release of data from the 2016 census
Rental horror stories – Guardian readers respond

Rental horror stories – Guardian readers respond

More Australians are being forced into the rental market, but squalid conditions, negligent agents and insecurity are all too commonAs house prices soar, more and more Australians are being forced
Australian slavery inquiry told fruit pickers 'brainwashed' and trapped in debt

Australian slavery inquiry told fruit pickers 'brainwashed' and trapped in debt

Malaysian reporter says workers in Victoria paid a pittance and kept in overcrowded homes A Malaysian journalist who went undercover to expose exploitation in Victoria’s fruit picking industry said
Most Australians support Indigenous voice to parliament plan that Turnbull rejected

Most Australians support Indigenous voice to parliament plan that Turnbull rejected

OmniPoll survey finds 60.7% broadly support changing constitution to set up Indigenous body to advise the parliament Sixty per cent of Australians support a proposed model of Indigenous recognition
Beersheba centenary: let's remember that story is not the same as history | Paul Daley

Beersheba centenary: let's remember that story is not the same as history | Paul Daley

After being a footnote in military history for decades, the charge of Beersheba has its big moment thanks to the politics of remembrance I’d never heard of the charge of the Australian Light Horse at
Barnaby Joyce gets boost as One Nation and Shooters decline to run in New England

Barnaby Joyce gets boost as One Nation and Shooters decline to run in New England

Pauline Hanson blames Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision to call Queensland election for failure to run candidateBarnaby Joyce’s task in the New England byelection has got considerably easier, with
George Brandis may have cost would-be Liberal senator her seat

George Brandis may have cost would-be Liberal senator her seat

Hollie Hughes may be ineligible to fill spot left by Fiona Nash due to her appointment to administrative appeals tribunalGeorge Brandis may have cost the would-be Liberal senator Hollie Hughes a seat
Unions want answers about alleged role of agency staffer in AWU raid leak

Unions want answers about alleged role of agency staffer in AWU raid leak

ACTU asks if Fair Work Ombudsman media officer is fit to continue in his job in light of new evidence about the raidsUnions have questioned why a media officer at the agency investigating the
Diary of disaster: the last days inside Manus Island detention centre | Behrouz Boochani

Diary of disaster: the last days inside Manus Island detention centre | Behrouz Boochani

I wake up from another nightmare. I am weary from writing about people who have died. We are now one of the most forgotten people on earthBehrouz Boochani is a journalist and an Iranian refugee held
Queensland election: LNP leader targets 'disenchanted' One Nation voters

Queensland election: LNP leader targets 'disenchanted' One Nation voters

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls focuses on jobs growth in seats at risk of falling to Pauline Hanson’s partyThe Queensland opposition leader, Tim Nicholls, has swiftly taken to the hustings in One
John French obituary

John French obituary

My friend John French, who has died aged 75 after heart surgery, was the recording engineer for many artists, including Joe Dolce, whose single Shaddap You Face was a hit worldwide. It sold 6m copies
Most voters believe NBN will fail to meet Australia's needs – Guardian Essential poll

Most voters believe NBN will fail to meet Australia's needs – Guardian Essential poll

Poll finds almost 40% blame Malcolm Turnbull’s government for problems with the national broadband networkMore than 50% of Australians believe the national broadband network will fail to meet the
Q&A: Rudd accuses Turnbull of 'deep insult' to Indigenous reconciliation

Q&A: Rudd accuses Turnbull of 'deep insult' to Indigenous reconciliation

Former prime minister criticises Malcolm Turnbull’s rejection of the Indigenous voice to parliament Malcolm Turnbull’s outright rejection of the recommendation to enshrine an Indigenous voice to
Victoria approves safe injecting room trial after spate of heroin deaths

Victoria approves safe injecting room trial after spate of heroin deaths

Premier reverses government’s opposition to harm-minimisation approach as proposed North Richmond centre set to be second of its kind in Australia The Victorian government has approved a two-year
Turnbull extols relationship with Israel as nations strengthen security ties

Turnbull extols relationship with Israel as nations strengthen security ties

Australian PM and Benjamin Netanyahu disagree on Iran nuclear agreement but emphasise their shared threat from ‘militant Islamist terrorism’The relationship between Australia and Israel has never been