As Joe Hockey set about deciding how to cut welfare payments, he asked for a comprehensive list of all entitlement programs. He couldn’t find one. So he had the 'Team of Bastards' make one.
Key elements of the Abbott government’s economic strategy have been thrown into chaos after Bill Shorten declared its first budget a document based on lies and committed the Labor opposition to combine with the Greens in the Senate to block them.
Bill Shorten’s blunt message for Tony Abbott in his budget reply is that he intends to be every bit as negative as the man whose negativity tore down two prime ministers and a government.
Forget inflation; forget the government bond rate. Treasurer Joe Hockey this morning injected a new price measure into the political lexicon: the Middy Exchange Rate (MER).
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not be brave enough to call a double dissolution election if the Senate refuses to pass the government's budget bills.
Don't think for a moment that Joe Hockey doesn't get the case for a higher GST.
Canberra was confronted on Wednesday by the full impact of the federal budget on the jobs, careers and families of tens of thousands of local public servants and other government workers.
University degrees will cost up to three times as much under a deregulated fee system, leaving graduates with $120,000-plus debts, according to the architect of the HECS student loan scheme.
Phase one of Tony Abbott's strategy to sell the budget is to deny, point blank, that it is based on the deceit of broken promises made before last year's election.
On the eve of the 2013 federal election Tony Abbott promised no cuts to education, health, or the ABC and SBS, and no changes to pensions. Fairfax Media looks at how those promises fared in the Abbott government's first budget.
The managing directors of ABC and SBS have blasted the Abbott government for breaking a pre-election promise not to cut funding to the broadcasters.
The federal and state governments are on a collision course over $80 billion in cuts to health and education, with Victoria, NSW and Queensland demanding an emergency meeting over the federal budget and NSW Premier Mike Baird labeling the budget a "kick in the guts".
Former Prime Minister John Howard has backed the first Coalition federal budget since he left politics, but has warned its impact on the vulnerable should not be underestimated.
The head of Australia's flagship clean energy development agency says the organisation's planned axing is a broken promise that will leave the country's energy sector obsolete.
'I have never heard such rubbish in all my life': Pensioner has a go at Tony Abbott over age pension changes
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey are defending accusations of untrustworthiness, saying their first budget was “fundamentally honest” and drafted in good faith.
Labor has accused the Abbott government of daring the states to push for an increase in the GST after Treasurer Joe Hockey revealed in the budget that the states would be stripped of billions of dollars of funding for health and education.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has sweated his way through his first post-Budget interview.
We’ve bundled the more than 3500 of the Treasurer’s words on budget night into this word cloud.
Federal Budget 2014: The budget at a glance
People have taken to social media to express their emotions over Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget.
Those who gain and those who feel the pain of Treasurer Joe Hockey's budget