The Wentworth by-election: Was it worth it?

Just like that, the blue-ribbon prize seat of Wentworth – the jewel in the Liberal crown – is gone, and Scott Morrison’s Coalition Government must now govern with a minority of 75 seats for the remainder of the parliamentary term. Although counting tightened yesterday, Independent candidate, Dr Kerryn Phelps, is …

‘Super Saturday’ – So much action, so little change

Super Saturday has come and gone with over half a million Australians voting in five by-elections across the country. The results on the night offered few surprises, but provided much-needed clarity on the state of play ahead of the next election and sharpened the focus on the election battle lines. …

Not quite Santa Claus but a little in it for everyone

Budget Highlights Revenue: $486.1 billion in 2018-19. Expenditure: $488.6.3 billion in 2018-19. Budget Position: Deficit of $14.5 billion in 2018-19 with a return to surplus of $11 billion in 2020-21. Inflation: 2.25% per cent in 2018-19. Real GDP growth: 3 per cent in 2018-19. Unemployment forecast: 5.25% per cent in …

Treasurer Santa Claus prepares for his night of giving

With 36 hours to go, the paint is drying on the battle lines that have been drawn ahead of the next election. Rivers of gold have provided the Government with the unique ability to combine personal tax cuts – targeted at low and middle-income earners – while pouring additional money …

Prime Minister Turnbull handing out Christmas joy to the conservative Liberals in the Cabinet reshuffle singing ‘holy jobs and growth’

Christian Porter, Dan Tehan, Michaelia Cash and David Littleproud will be having a very happy Christmas this year as they emerge the big winners from today’s Cabinet reshuffle. Seen as an important realignment, the Prime Minister has looked to the rising stars amongst conservative Liberals to steady the ship and …

A Budget that lands the Coalition in the political centre

Budget Highlights Revenue: $444.4 billion in 2017-18. Expenditure: $464 billion in 2017-18. Budget position: Deficit of $29.4 billion in 2017-18 with a return to surplus of $7.4 billion surplus in 2020-21. Inflation: 2.25 per cent in 2017-18. Real GDP growth: 2.75 per cent in 2017-18. Unemployment forecast: 5.75 per cent …

If saving is too hard – spend big!

There is nothing like spending on nation building projects to deliver the Government’s new mantra of don’t tell but show. The Turnbull Government heard loud and clear that innovation was intangible and un-relatable to the common man. Yet, building things – big things like airports, roads, train lines, hydro power …