Federal Budget 2014

Labor will block key budget reforms: Shorten

bill shorten

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.

APS begins to count the cost

Flag pole at Parliament House, Canberra

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.

Then and now: Abbott's broken promises

Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott

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.

Federal and state governments on GST collision course

Treasurer Joe Hockey addressing the media in the traditional post-budget speech to the National Press Club.

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".