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Scott Morrison: recession not needed to make case for company tax cuts

Scott Morrison: recession not needed to make case for company tax cuts

Treasurer says he would prefer policy changes were accepted before economic emergency, but Labor blames shrinking growth on Coalition’s lack of strategyScott Morrison says he does not want to wait for
The economy has bounced back, but workers aren't seeing the benefits | Greg Jericho

The economy has bounced back, but workers aren't seeing the benefits | Greg Jericho

The boost to the latest GDP figures has come from commodity prices and is not trickling down into wage risesThe latest GDP figures are a prime example of the great divergence of major economic
Federal budget 2017: the 10 graphs you need to see | Greg Jericho

Federal budget 2017: the 10 graphs you need to see | Greg Jericho

After nearly a decade of saying the problem was all on the spending side, the Liberal party has finally admitted that there is a revenue problem • The 2017 budget at a glanceWhat do you do when you
Mike Bowers' best photographs from Australian budget day – in pictures

Mike Bowers' best photographs from Australian budget day – in pictures

Our photographer’s best pics following the lock-up in Canberra as the government announces various measures, including an increase in the Medicare levy for most Australians as well as hits for
Inequality is real - and guess what? The electorate has noticed | Van Badham

Inequality is real - and guess what? The electorate has noticed | Van Badham

It doesn’t matter how slick the messaging or how outrageous the claims by the Liberals, reality has a habit of thumping discourse every time My colleague, Greg Jericho, is dead right. Bill Shorten’s
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
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
Kevin Andrews calls for 'strong and decisive leadership' as Coalition fractures grow

Kevin Andrews calls for 'strong and decisive leadership' as Coalition fractures grow

Abbott loyalist openly critiques Malcolm Turnbull after PM shuts down calls for a citizenship audit and Stephen Parry’s late admission amplifies divisions Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership has been openly
Turnbull could go to Manus to see what's happening. But that would take courage | Nick McKim

Turnbull could go to Manus to see what's happening. But that would take courage | Nick McKim

The secrecy surrounding offshore detention has allowed the government to consistently make false claims about it Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused me on Tuesday, and others, of encouraging
Religious freedoms must be included in same-sex marriage bill, says Matt Canavan

Religious freedoms must be included in same-sex marriage bill, says Matt Canavan

Nationals senator says issues should be looked at in ‘one job lot’, contrary to other senior government ministers who want them separatedElements of the right are resisting suggestions from senior
Scott Morrison: at least as many voters want religious freedom as marriage equality

Scott Morrison: at least as many voters want religious freedom as marriage equality

Treasurer tells ABC that parliament needs to legislate for all Australians, not just 61% who voted for same-sex marriageAs many, and “probably” more, Australians want protection of religious freedoms
Australia’s economy could be harmed by Trump’s tax plan, government warned

Australia’s economy could be harmed by Trump’s tax plan, government warned

Thinktank says ‘import protectionism and territorial tax treatment pose significant risks to Australian revenues and trade’Donald Trump’s tax plan may harm Australia’s economy if the government
Cabinet has considered allowing banking inquiry, Scott Morrison confirms

Cabinet has considered allowing banking inquiry, Scott Morrison confirms

Turnbull refuses to say if ministers have discussed the matter – saying only that the government’s position has not changedScott Morrison has confirmed that cabinet has discussed the possibility of
Philip Ruddock to examine if Australian law protects religious freedom

Philip Ruddock to examine if Australian law protects religious freedom

Cabinet appoints former Liberal minister to examine consequences of any changes in light of impending legalisation of marriage equalityThe former Liberal minister Philip Ruddock has been appointed to
Scott Morrison asks business not to abandon Coalition for Labor's 'dark vision'

Scott Morrison asks business not to abandon Coalition for Labor's 'dark vision'

Treasurer warns ALP will set Australia back years and releases new modelling of its spending plans that excludes savings measuresThe treasurer, Scott Morrison, has asked a business audience in
Universities Australia attacks Coalition's $2.2bn funding cut revealed in Myefo

Universities Australia attacks Coalition's $2.2bn funding cut revealed in Myefo

Handbrake on commonwealth grants funding expected to put pressure on universities to cap student enrolmentsThe federal government will cut $2.2bn from universities predominantly through a two-year
Morrison leaves wiggle room on controversial company tax cuts

Morrison leaves wiggle room on controversial company tax cuts

Treasurer open to reduce planned company tax cut level to allow for personal income tax cuts and to get Senate supportTreasurer Scott Morrison has left open the idea of less ambitious company tax cuts
The year in Australian politics: Coalition struggles, but Labor fears it has peaked in polls | Katharine Murphy

The year in Australian politics: Coalition struggles, but Labor fears it has peaked in polls | Katharine Murphy

While the government wonders if it can overcome self-sabotaging tendencies, ALP insiders worry that the opposition isn’t sharp enough for the next big fight • Best of Bowers 2017: Australia’s
Labor says Treasury document shows negative gearing claims ‘outright lies’

Labor says Treasury document shows negative gearing claims ‘outright lies’

Opposition says document shows Malcolm Turnbull wrong to claim Labor policy a ‘sledgehammer’ to the economyLabor has released a Treasury document that states its negative gearing policies could cut
Trans-Pacific Partnership's benefit to Australia 'very small'

Trans-Pacific Partnership's benefit to Australia 'very small'

Resurrected trade deal will bring just 0.5% of real national income, economists say The revived Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement will produce a “very small” benefit for Australia but the