A key feature of next week’s ‘women-friendly’ federal Budget will be a new policy to make childcare cheaper and boost women’s workforce participation. But the devil will be in the detail. This article explains how the new policy will work, what it actually means for families and the economy, and how it compares to Labor’s policy. What is the new policy?
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The Treasurer has said he intends to prioritise the economic recovery over reducing deficits. New analysis by the PBO suggests this is wise.
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Cutting unemployment benefits by $50 a week will take about $5 billion out of the economy in the coming year. That's not good news for jobs.
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Tomorrow's Budget is likely to feature personal income tax cuts - this piece explains the policy choices, who benefits, and the key things to look out for