So now they can afford a tax cut? Just months ago they had to push tax rates up.
Peter Martin is the economics editor for The Age, based at Parliament House
Bill shock – or the fear of it – shut wallets across the country in the three months to September.
Nine per cent of Australian firms generate half of all net new jobs, but there are fewer so-called high-growth firms, and they are growing more slowly.
Sydney has become Australia's economic powerhouse, accounting for 41 per cent of the nation's economic growth.
The Fair Work Commission is responsible for much of the gap between male and female wages, a landmark study has found.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development expects higher rates in the second half of next year.
Australia's richest and brightest are on to something. Super can fund business.
An A-list of Australia's richest and best-connected billionaires has launched an audacious bid to channel money directly from super funds to businesses.
Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has pointed the finger at employers for Australia's extraordinarily low rate of wage growth, saying it means low interest rates for months to come.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has flagged tax cuts for millions of Australians in the lead up in the lead up to the next federal budget, or sooner if an election is called early next year.