The national energy guarantee will do what each of the other schemes would have done.
Peter Martin is the economics editor for The Age, based at Parliament House
Former treasurer Peter Costello has called for the nationalisation of default superannuation, saying if it was run by the government there would be no war over who should run it.
Low wage growth, higher electricity and gas bills and out-of-cycle mortgage rate increases have been blamed for a slump in consumer spending in July and August - the worst since 2010.
States that fail to permit coal seam gas mining would be penalised under Grants Commission proposal to change the method of distributing goods and services tax revenue.
It's easier to find a job than it has been in years and the odds are best in NSW.
The Reserve Bank is being asked to do far too much, its deputy governor Guy Debelle has told a conference in London. From the time it was granted independence in the mid-1990s, it came to be seen as "the only game in town" for economic management, a view that was reinforced as it was forced it to do more and more.
Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe has handed over the baton of economic management, declaring there's not much more low interest rates can do to boost the economy.
Each Australian company director will be assigned a unique ID number under tough new laws designed to prevent them deliberately scuttling their companies and then reappearing phoenix-like, debt-free.
Australia's economy expanded by 0.8 per cent in the June quarter and grew 1.8 per cent over the 12 months to June, official figures show.
Wages are about to stir, says Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe