Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced commentators and journalists. Alan is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator, a 24-hour free business news and commentary website. He also hosts Inside Business, a half-hour Sunday programme on the ABC, is the finance presenter on the ABC News - and producer of the nightly graph (or two).
The last thing the country needs is European-style fiscal austerity. Despite the deficit fearmongering, Hockey needs to prepare the public for a benign full year budget – one with fewer spending cuts and tax hikes than anticipated.
Given taxpayers' commitment to the national broadband network, calls for the Coalition to abandon it are misguided. Sticking to Turnbull's plan remains the most sensible and least costly option for all.