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Australians' risky debt could magnify a downturn, RBA's Debelle warns

Australians' risky debt could magnify a downturn, RBA's Debelle warns

The Reserve Bank's second-in-command Guy Debelle says risky borrowing may not trigger an economic slump, but could accelerate a downturn.

  • by Michael Heath

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Government rules out dual election option, says poll will be 'next year'
Scott Morrison

Government rules out dual election option, says poll will be 'next year'

The Special Minister of State says there are "no plans for a dual election".

  • by David Crowe
Tighter credit a 'key risk' to economy, says Treasury
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Tighter credit a 'key risk' to economy, says Treasury

New Treasury secretary Philip Gaetjens said tighter credit conditions represent a "key risk" to the economy, alongside the drought.

  • by Clancy Yeates
West cries foul as federal police funding goes to NSW and Victoria
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West cries foul as federal police funding goes to NSW and Victoria

The federal government is helping NSW police pay their superannuation tax bills and is sending millions into police operations in the eastern states.

  • by Nathan Hondros
Exceptions become the new rule for budget repair
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Opinion

Exceptions become the new rule for budget repair

When a Prime Minister gets up and says well they are rules until they aren’t: That’s a problem. It fuels distrust in our institutions and shakes the faith of voters.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Why now is the time for tax reform
Opinion
Opinion

Why now is the time for tax reform

Australia has had a remarkable 27-year run of economic growth but the verdict is in: our taxes are inefficient.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
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Scott Morrison brings forward $29.8 billion tax gain for small business
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Scott Morrison brings forward $29.8 billion tax gain for small business

The Morrison government will bring forward a $29.8 billion tax cut for millions of small employers in a dramatic move to lift investment and wages.

  • by David Crowe
I loved the 1990s but I wouldn't want to be stuck there
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Opinion

I loved the 1990s but I wouldn't want to be stuck there

I spent most of 1994 decked out in a fluro yellow and purple windcheater, listening to Boyz II Men and watching Heartbreak High. Life was good. But it got even better - for most of us.

  • by Jessica Irvine
'Our children deserve better': Coalition's budget strategy in tatters
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Opinion

'Our children deserve better': Coalition's budget strategy in tatters

Scott Morrison has broken its own budget repair strategy and delivered outcomes on par with the nightmare scenario they painted for Labor.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Company profits, lower welfare spending drive strong budget

Company profits, lower welfare spending drive strong budget

A surplus is in sight as the Morrison government heads to the polls next year.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Frydenberg must awaken the slumbering Treasury on cost cutting
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Josh Frydenberg

Frydenberg must awaken the slumbering Treasury on cost cutting

There are many new ways to tackle spending but the government is not showing much interest.

  • by Ross Gittins