Federal budget 2017: the year the Coalition stopped smashing Canberra?

By Markus Mannheim
Updated April 24 2018 - 9:52pm, first published May 9 2017 - 9:30pm

This budget is not kind to Canberra. But nor is it harsh. In a way, its very mildness is worth celebrating – at least compared to the steep cuts of the Abbott years, whose echoes still rattle the capital.

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