Chris Johnson is the National Political Correspondent for The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald
Chris Johnson Baby bonus payments, private health insurance rebates and the budget surplus target have all been cut, but there is no slashing of public service jobs in the government's latest economic update.
Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has described deals struck with Victoria and NSW to launch trials of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as an important win for people with disabilities.
Chris Johnson Treasurer Wayne Swan will flag today a modest surplus of $1.5 billion for 2012-13.
Chris Johnson Senior Labor figures are discussing the possibility of a return to Kevin Rudd as prime minister in the wake of the government's latest disastrous polling results.