What will the Turnbull-Morrison government be remembered for?

It is unlikely the Turnbull-Morrison Coalition government will be remembered for any significant reforms. Lukas Coch/AAP When the “mighty Roman” Gough Whitlam died, Indigenous leader Noel Pearson delivered a memorable eulogy. Channelling Monty Python, Pearson asked what had Whitlam ever done for Australia? Pearson then reeled...

Coalition narrows gap to trail 48-52% in post-budget Newspoll

Shorten said the government was buying time "to pump up their own tyres” with advertising. Ellen Smith/Joel Carrett/AAP The government has narrowed the gap in the post-budget Newspoll, now trailing 48-52% in two-party terms, compared with the 46-54% margin a month ago. As Scott Morrison...

Missing in action: a vision for the arts in the 2019 budget

Dancers perform a scene from the Sydney Dance Company’s WOOF: the arts are one of the ways we make sense of our place in an increasingly confusing, and confused, world. Joel Carrett/AAP It says something about the place of the arts in Australian...

Grattan on Friday: Bill Shorten’s tactical play foils budget’s tax pitch

On tax, Shorten one-upped the Liberals, offering bigger immediate tax cuts to 3.6 million taxpayers who earn under $48,000.  AAP/Mick Tsikas Scott Morrison needed the budget to change the game for the election. But its political impact has seemed tepid rather than transformative. And Bill Shorten...

View from The Hill: budget tax-upmanship as we head towards polling day

A theme in Frydenberg’s speech was that the government was taking its initiatives all “without increasing taxes”. For the government this “election budget” is an exercise in juggling. On the one hand, it is throwing out voter bait. On the other, it is running...

Shorten’s climate policy would hit more big polluters harder and set electric car target

A Shorten government would consult with industry and experts on baselines for individual entities and the timing of reduction. James Ross/AAP A Shorten government would add about 100 high polluters to those subject to an emissions cap, and drastically slash the present cap’s level, under...