Federal Budget

Govt lied on need for co-payment: ALP

Report shows health spending grew at slowest level for 30 years in 2012-13.

Hockey plays down backflip talk

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Treasurer quietens talk that govt will strike a deal on pensions and family payments.

Cooperate on infrastructure: Hockey

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Federal Treasurer tells states and territories to work together to fund infrastructure projects.

Budget office needs wider role: ALP

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Labor govt would legislate for more independent parliamentary budget office, Bowen says.

Consumer confidence falls in Sept: WBC

Consumer sentiment down over last six months, amid concerns surrounding federal budget.

Can Shorten do the hard yards to bring Labor back?

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The damage Labor inflicted upon itself during the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years has left a disruptive legacy for Bill Shorten to tackle. He must be more than an Abbott-style opposition leader.

Super lift under threat in budget repair

Govt considers pause in increase to super contributions to lessen budget pressure.

We don't support higher taxes: Abbott

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Spring session to resume today with Abbott govt chasing budget agreements.

Budget focus as parliament returns

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Independent Nick Xenophon warns of groundhog day on budget negotiations.

Cormann warns of tax hikes

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Finance Minister says higher taxes likely if budget doesn't pass through Senate.

Budget must be passed: Abbott

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PM says govt will 'carefully' negotiate what remains of budget through parliament.

Govt spending to top income: PBO

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Parliamentary Budget Office warns nation's fiscal sustainability at risk over next decade.

Andrew Robb: Time to reset the message

Andrew Robb says the Coalition's vision for Australia has been lost amid the budget rhetoric.

Doctors want co-payment changes

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Australian Medical Association set to reveal preferred GP co-payment compromise.

Govt calls for budget 'reality check'

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Finance Minister Matthias Cormann says budget passage was always going to be a marathon.

Treasury sinks budget crisis talk

Treasury numbers suggest crisis talk overhyped as 98.9 per cent of ­measures are already legislated.

Abbott must abandon his misguided war on the young and poor

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It means nothing for the Coalition to say that it supports growth while failing dismally at the task of creating a coherent economic policy. Here’s hoping the government injects some common sense into the budget.

Dutton hopeful on GP co-payment

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Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton says govt still has a way to go on budget deal.

Senate jam a sovereign risk: Robb

Trade minister warns of sovereign risk concerns if Senate blockade continues.

Cormann flags adjustments to budget

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Finance Minister says adjustments will be made but wholesale changes not on govt agenda.

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