Now he tells us. Within days of his appointment as treasurer last year Scott Morrison rashly assured us he faced "a spending problem, not a revenue problem".
Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
One year into his job as treasurer, Scott Morrison has conceded that he does have a revenue problem after all, and delivered a stirring defence of... not that much.
Senate powerbroker will move next week to upend the traditional contract between the treasurer and the governor of the Reserve Bank.
An election-driven burst of part-time employment has pushed the unemployment rate down to 5.7 per cent, disguising a continuing slide in the number of Australians employed full-time.
Last February, at what ought to have been the height of preparations for this year's census, its head, Duncan Young, sent the Bureau of Statistics executive a crisis memo.
'Reckless' doesn't begin to describe the culture at the top of the Bureau of Statistics.
The minister responsible for the Census has compared it to Facebook, saying concern about its ability to track people is "much ado about nothing".
Treasurer Scott Morrison has confirmed plans to water down some of the superannuation changes announced in the budget, but says he'll hold the line on the most important elements.
The next time you're surveyed by the Bureau of Statistics it'll know more about you than you think you've told it.
Our biggest banks move fast. Either that, or they collude. At 2.37 pm on Tuesday within minutes of the Reserve Bank cutting its cash rate to an all-time low, the Commonwealth Bank announced a completely different way of responding. Instead of passing on some of all of the cut, it would only pass on half and hand some of the rest out to customers as higher term deposit rates.