This week Scott Morrison killed off yet another of Tony Abbott's slogans. The budget emergency is now dead, and the Treasurer assures us that we now live in the era of 'good debt' and bad debt'.
Dr Richard Denniss is chief economist at The Australia Institute, a Canberra think tank, www.tai.org.au
The lives of more and more Australians are becoming precarious and insecure.
As this week's focus on the hundreds of jobs that will be lost when Hazelwood shuts down shows, some job losses appear to be more important than others.
After 16 months of inaction the first of two new wind farms have just been commissioned as a result of the ACT's 100 per cent renewable energy target.
If Canberrans can't afford a tram, who could?
The idea that an emissions trading scheme is the "one true climate policy" is one of the last vestiges of the Kevin Rudd era.
A retired bank CEO with $10 million in his super pays zero tax each year. Nada. Zip. He wouldn't even pay the Medicare levy.
It is not just the census website that doesn't work as promised, the whole idea that outsourcing tasks to "the market" has not lived up to expectations.
The Productivity Commission is criticising the Trans Pacific Partnership, the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is criticising privatisation, and the electricity industry is worried that competition from renewables might deliver lower prices to consumers. What on earth is happening to the Neo-liberal 'agenda'?
The last thing an Australian economy with rising unemployment needs is for the government to reduce the budget deficit. Yet the first thing some people in the Coalition want Malcolm Turnbull to do is to reduce the budget deficit. If he oversees a slowing economy and rising unemployment he will be blamed. And if he oversees an increase in the budget deficit he will be blamed. Ouch.