What is Labor’s economic strategy in response to this week’s budget? – Australian politics live podcast | Australia news

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen joins Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy to discuss Labor’s take on the budget, economic growth, the siege mentality developing in the business community, and whether he has aspirations for party leadership • Interview: ‘Unfinished business’: Chris Bowen on why his current goal stops at treasurer …

Budget 2018: The race for our votes has begun — but delve deeper

Budget 2018: The race for our votes has begun — but delve deeper

Posted May 12, 2018 07:34:27 Photo: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses a media pack on the morning after the federal budget. (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Let’s pretend for a moment that politicians don’t actually run the economy. This should be easy because in general they don’t. And all the claiming …

Budget 2018: Election battlelines drawn, with Labor’s tax plan labelled ‘unbelieva-Bill’

Budget 2018: Election battlelines drawn, with Labor’s tax plan labelled ‘unbelieva-Bill’

Posted May 11, 2018 16:24:51 Photo: Labor claims its plan for income tax is fairer than the Government’s proposal. (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Both major political parties have laid out their pre-election budget plans, showing tax cuts are on the horizon no matter who wins government. Key points: Bill Shorten …

WA budget: Treasurer Ben Wyatt not willing to get ‘beaten up’ over gold royalty hike

WA budget: Treasurer Ben Wyatt not willing to get ‘beaten up’ over gold royalty hike

By Eliza Laschon Posted May 11, 2018 15:35:29 Photo: Ben Wyatt welcomes his budget being described as boring. (Supplied: West Australian) West Australian Treasurer Ben Wyatt has decided not to go head to head with major industry in his second state budget, but has left the door open for a …

Budget 2018: Income tax brackets and how the Government’s plan really works

Budget 2018: Income tax brackets and how the Government’s plan really works

Posted May 11, 2018 05:01:14 For something considered as certain as death, confusion reigns when it comes to income tax. The Government is selling its personal income tax plan by arguing that “94 per cent of Australian taxpayers will pay no more than 32.5 cents in the dollar”, compared to …

WA budget 2018: Winners and losers

WA budget 2018: Winners and losers

Updated May 10, 2018 18:26:43 Photo: WA budget winners and losers (ABC News) Explore our guide to who benefits and who takes a hit in Ben Wyatt and Mark McGowan’s second state budget. Loser: All of WA The state continues to have a significant debt problem, despite Labor’s efforts to …

WA budget 2018: The not-so-magic number in Treasurer Ben Wyatt’s ‘workmanlike’ plan

WA budget 2018: The not-so-magic number in Treasurer Ben Wyatt’s ‘workmanlike’ plan

Updated May 10, 2018 21:45:45 Treasurer Ben Wyatt spent weeks keeping expectations low ahead of his second budget. Terms such as “workmanlike”, “no frills”, and “no bells and whistles” were thrown around like confetti each time he was asked what the public could expect. Mr Wyatt had done such a …

Bill Shorten offers bigger tax break than Government in budget reply

Bill Shorten offers bigger tax break than Government in budget reply

Updated May 10, 2018 20:02:53 Related Story: Find out if you’re a winner or a loser in this year’s budget Related Story: Tax cut wars! Surgeon vs nurse, solicitor vs social worker, chippy vs GP Federal Labor has used its budget reply to offer a bigger tax break than the …

Budget 2018: Funding reduced at corporate regulator ASIC amid banking royal commission revelations

Budget 2018: Funding reduced at corporate regulator ASIC amid banking royal commission revelations

Posted May 10, 2018 16:48:35 Funding is being cut at Australia’s corporate regulator and staffing levels will be reduced, according to figures in Tuesday’s federal budget. Key points: ASIC will lose $28 million in Government funding over next three years Average staffing levels will drop by 2 per cent — …

WA Budget 2018: Households cop big fee hikes to get finances back on track

WA Budget 2018: Households cop big fee hikes to get finances back on track

Updated May 10, 2018 16:29:37 Photo: WA Premier Mark McGowan and Treasurer Ben Wyatt with the 2018 budget. (Supplied: The West Australian) Related Story: Fears budget property tax to hobble recovering market, as ‘significant’ properties remain exempt The McGowan Government has used its second budget to argue its case for …