Julia Gillard Julia Gillard outlines the problems that have cut a $12 billion hole in the federal budget.
Michael Gordon Julia Gillard's warning underscores reality that selling this pre-election budget will be even harder than framing it.
Tim Colebatch Distorted media analysis obscures the ways to confront a budget deficit. Some of our media brethren are convinced the deficit is all due to excessive spending by the Labor government.
Mark Kenny The federal government's political skills are again being exposed as slipshod amid a messy prelude to a pre-election budget.
Michelle Grattan Last year the opposition got itself into a complete tangle over its position on the surplus.
Ross Gittins I hate to burden you with a topic as earnest as the budget deficit so close to the holidays.
Paul Sheehan I preferred Robotic Julia. Now we have Furious Julia. Is there no middle course for the Prime Minister? Are we now seeing the cumulative strain of the cost of attaining power and maintaining a...
Lenore Taylor We go through this screaming match every time the government announces budget cuts, but it seems more hysterical than usual this time.
Tim Colebatch In 2012-13, and probably thereafter, the mining boom will not give us the economic growth we counted on.
Ross Gittins This is a deceptively tough budget. It won’t impress people – either with its parsimony or its generosity - but that’s not the measure of a good budget.
Sean Nicholls In difficult economic times, this was always going to be a classic "tough" budget - and so it has proved.
Daniel Andrews The differences between Labor and the Coalition are starkly defined.
Lenore Taylor Trained observer that I am, I reckon the Gillard government wants this to be seen as a ''Robin Hood'' budget - designed to make a ''Labor values'' political virtue of the deep cuts necessary to...
The Loaded Dog
Is the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, on the right track or is the middle class carrying too much of the savings burden ahead of Tuesday's federal budget?
Tim Colebatch Two years ago, when Wayne Swan pledged to deliver a budget surplus in 2012-13, Treasury's growth forecasts made it seem easy and appropriate.
Peter Costello As stand-up comedy it was a pretty good line: ''The four years of surpluses I announce tonight …'' And Wayne Swan got the predictable guffaws and laughter with the opening line of his budget speech.
Barnaby Joyce Treasurer Wayne Swan has predicted a heroic $1.5 billion surplus. If you believe Swan, I have a bridge to sell you.
Ross Gittins So, has the budget led to an outbreak of class warfare? Only if Julia Gillard's a lot luckier than she's been so far. That is, I doubt it.
One of the first briefings to the incoming federal Labor government in 2007 was damning about the 30 per cent rebate on private health insurance premiums.
The ACT's budget deficit for this financial year will be about $144 million - or about 400 per cent - more than forecast, the territory government has revealed.