With the budget’s expected eye-watering debt and deficit numbers, the question remains whether the huge spending will be enough to fight the coronavirus slump.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann and Shadow Minister Katy Gallagher joined the podcast to discuss the budget’s entrails.
The government has faced criticism for benchmarking the much vaunted tax cuts against 2017-18, making them appear larger. Cormann said 2017-18 is the appropriate benchmark, and wouldn’t be drawn on giving further detail.
“The costing has been done on the basis that we’ve published it.”
Gallagher declared the budget expressed Scott Morrison’s choice to leave some people without support.
In particular, the decision to leave those on JobSeeker hanging was described by Gallagher as “frankly, just plain mean.”
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Sussan Ley on being a woman in politics
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Former MP Kate Ellis on the culture in parliament house
David Littleproud on The Nationals and net zero
Anthony Albanese on his new frontbench, Joel Fitzgibbon, and Labor’s imminent workplace policy
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on promising budget figures
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel on climate, energy and emissions
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Joel Fitzgibbon on Labor climate policy and leadership
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