Matt Wade

Matt Wade

Census is good value and fundamental to our democracy


Matt Wade The short-term benefit of delaying or dumping the census would be outweighed by the costs in the long run.

Direct Action: Climate Change Authority questions the efficiency and effectiveness of Emissions Reduction Fund

Climate change is prompting the search for some unconventional solutions.

Matt Wade The government's Climate Change Authority has questioned the efficiency and effectiveness of the Emissions Reduction Fund, the centre piece of the Abbott Government's "Direction Action" plan to...

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Foreign aid budget plunges to lowest level in Australian history


Sarah Whyte and Matt Wade Foreign aid has plunged to its lowest in history, losing almost $4 billion during four years, as announced in the government's mid-year fiscal budget.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks business in Melbourne

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Australian Parliament on Tuesday.

Matt Wade Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned his attention from diplomacy to business when he arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The dark shadows behind the power of Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping

President Xi

Matt Wade and John Garnaut While Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping have been feted in the halls of Australian power, and Modi prepares for another rock star welcome in Melbourne tonight, the placards that line the streets they...

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Narendra Modi fever grips Sydney

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Matt Wade Are you ready Sydney? India's political rock star Narendra Modi is coming to town and hundreds of millions will be watching us.

International charities, aid agencies locked out of G20 summit

Charities which support children in developing countries fear having their voices silenced at next month's G20 summit in Brisbane.

Matt Wade Groups representing charities, aid agencies and community organisations are being shut out of next month's G20 summit.

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So far so good for growth target, but will there be follow-through?

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Matt Wade If being host of the G20 was judged on the number of economic policy ideas generated, Australia's turn has been a raging success.

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Fees-rise fears for family day care

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Matt Wade and Sherrill Nixon Parents using family day care have been warned their childcare fees will jump by up to $35 a week and some small childcare providers could be put out of business because of federal funding cuts.

Parents warned budget cuts will put family day care in danger


Matt Wade, Sherrill Nixon Parents using family day care have been warned their childcare fees will jump by up to $35 a week and some small childcare providers could be put out of business because of federal funding cuts.

Higher student debts will hit chance of buying home

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Matt Wade The debt burden carried by graduates is set to double under the government's higher education reforms, making it even harder for young people to get a foothold in the property market.

Parents left with no choice but to pick up the slack


Matt Wade Joe Hockey's first budget has shifted economic risk to parents.

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Budget 2014: where the pain hits

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Matt Wade Almost no-one's hip pocket is untouched by Joe Hockey's budget, explains Matt Wade.

Medicare changes prompt ill feeling

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Matt Wade If a popularity contest was staged for Australian government programs Medicare would walk into the final.

Call for budget to ring-fence $520m for humanitarian disasters

Matt Wade The federal budget must ring-fence at least $520 million for humanitarian assistance if Australia is to be properly equipped to respond to the rising number of disasters across the world, aid...

Profit-shifting by multinational companies costing Tax Office dearly

Matt Wade The government could be losing more than $1 billion in potential revenue each year because of the international tax minimisation strategies used by multinational companies, Tax Commissioner Chris...

Commission of Audit: Family payment to be axed, paid parental scheme money to go into childcare


Matt Wade A $5 billion-a-year family payment targeting stay-at-home mothers will be axed and money from Tony Abbott’s generous paid parental scheme redirected into a revamped childcare support system if...

Click go the shears: Joe Hockey softens up the public for budget pain

G20 SYDNEY. 23/02/2014. Treasurer Joe Hockey speaks during the morning media conference at InterContinental Hotel. Photos Chris Pearce


Matt Wade Joe Hockey is softening up the public for budget pain.

Hockey hones his budget razor

Joe Hockey.

Matt Wade It's become an autumn ritual in national politics. As the trees turn yellow in Canberra, treasurers recycle a well-worn narrative of budget pain.

Anthony Albanese rejects NSW Treasurer Mike Baird's claims state hasn't received fair infrastructure funds

Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Matt Wade Labor's infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese has rejected a claim by state Treasurer Mike Baird that NSW has not received a fair share of infrastructure funding in recent years.