Wayne Swan

Wayne Swan calls Campbell Newman ’callous’

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has renewed his attack on Queensland premier Campbell Newman, calling him ‘‘cold-hearted and callous’’ for refusing to fund a trial of the National Disability Insurance...

Wayne Swan's speech to ALP conference

This is the text of the prepared speech Treasurer Wayne Swan gave at the ALP conference.

Clive Palmer to stand against Wayne Swan

Clive Palmer says he wants to stand against Treasurer Wayne Swan at the next federal election.

Wayne Swan savaged by Hadley

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Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan clashes with Sydney broadcaster Ray Hadley over the government's botched insulation scheme.

Wayne Swan's Budget speech in full

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Watch Wayne Swan deliver the 2010 Budget in a speech to MPs in Canberra.

Kevin Rudd rewrites history with heroic flourishes

INSULATION FAIRFAXMEDIA PHOTOGRAPH BY GLENN HUNT 15th May 2014. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd arrives after a lunch break at the Home Insulation Inquiry at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Ben Schneiders Kevin Rudd was always hands on. No detail was too small for his expert gaze ... even secretly editing the history of his government

Families on benefits the biggest losers, analysis of budget shows

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Peter Martin Information withheld from the budget shows high income couples may suffer scarcely at all while low income families on benefits could lose as much as 10 per cent of their incomes.

Swan accuses Hockey of misusing IMF data

Wayne Swan hits out at Hockey.

James Massola, Gareth Hutchens Wayne Swan has accused the government of launching ''intergenerational warfare'' against under 35s in the budget and savaging pensioners and low income earners, citing new analysis prepared for the...

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Airlines warned over bid to call truce

Rod Sims

Peter Martin Qantas and a key shareholder in Virgin Australia are skirting the law in their apparent attempts to negotiate a truce over prices and capacity, Australia's top competition regulator has warned.

Taking the prize, losing the plot

Mining

Tim Colebatch The Labor government oversaw one of the world's best economic performances and then lost its way. Where is Tony Abbott heading?

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Abbott's model to wreck a government may come back to bite him

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott is promising again and again that he will lead a 'methodical, measured, calm' government. But he's overlooking something.

The rise and fall of Julia Gillard

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Peter Hartcher In the fourth part of a five-part investigation, Peter Harcher reveals that factors that led to the downfall of Australia's first female prime minister,

Scott Morrison seeks asylum from media's questioning on boat arrivals

Dan Harrison, Gareth Hutchens Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has stopped holding weekly news conferences on asylum seeker boat arrivals, instead issuing a written statement with no opportunity for journalists to ask...

The Money Men

Cesar Melhem.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Proposed and seconded by the meeting chair and former Victorian union secretary Cesar Melhem, the resolution was passed ''unanimously'' by a ''show of hands''. Or so the minutes claim.

Joyce billed public for NRL games

Barnaby Joyce during a State of Origin touch rugby match at Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 26 June 2013.

Jonathan Swan, Lisa Visentin Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce billed taxpayers nearly $5000 for ''official business'' travel while attending rugby league games, as senior ministers hint it is inevitable the Abbott government...

Swan pits the Boss against the bosses

Michelle Grattan Political Editor WAYNE Swan's only regret about attacking billionaires Clive Palmer, Gina Rinehart and Andrew Forrest is that he did not go in hard enough.

Mortgage slide drives down living cost indexes

Peter Martin The government statistician has a sobering message for Australians who think their own personal rates of inflation are way in excess of the official rate of 1.2 per cent. They are probably much lower.

Australians head back to the shops

Peter Martin Australians stormed back into shops in June as back-to-back interest rate cuts, midwinter sales and $2.

Spending spree as we hit the shops

Over the year to June, total sales were up 5.4 per cent.

Peter Martin Australians storm back into shops in June as back-to-back interest rate cuts, mid-winter sales and $2.

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Thoughts of Chairman Clive

Clive Palmer

Listening to some of Clive Palmer's anecdotes over a 2½-hour lunch, it's sometimes hard to suspend disbelief.