Federal Budget

Palmer hints at direct action deal

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Clive Palmer says he's had 'very productive' talks on direct action climate plan with government.

PBO warns on budget risks

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PBO officer Phil Bowen sees "reasonably uncertain international outlook" that could hit revenues.

Cormann defends Shorten gibe

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Finance Minister's 'girly man' quip causes controversy amid ongoing budget scrap.

Macfarlane promises more jobs for SA

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Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says SA jobs will grow regardless of submarine manufacturing.
57 visa conditions to be relaxed
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PM Tony Abbott flags relaxing English language requirements on temporary visa scheme.

Shorten says treasurer 'desperate'

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Opposition Leader hits Hockey for linking Iraq intervention costs to budget impasse.

Federal budget deficit on target

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Financial statements for July, August show budget deficit at $12.3 b, down from $12.5b expected.

Cormann to woo Palmer on budget

Finance Minister to spend two days in Qld with PUP leader in bid to gain support for stalled budget measures.

Climate key to budget deal

Talks with Greens key to progress of $2.2bn in savings, including lift in petrol excise.

Budget facing offshore hit: Hockey

Treasurer says global economic woes will force the Abbott govt to cut its budget outlook.

Long view to show budget pain

New govt findings to show massive spending burden could lead to decades of deficits.

Govt weighing new budget moves

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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says higher taxes, foreign aid reductions could be considered.

Govt backs down on welfare: ALP

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Labor says Coalition has been forced into a 'humiliating backdown' on its budget.

Cuts loom to fund Islamic State fight

Hockey set to announce new cuts in MYEFO to fund extra $1bn funding for fight against Islamic State.

Govt won't give up on budget: Hockey

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Treasurer rejects report govt will raise the white flag on $30bn of savings being blocked in Senate.

Govt yields on $30bn in savings

Abbott govt gives up on $30bn worth of budget savings measures on Senate resistance: report.

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.