GST increase on the cards?
Governments will rely on taxation to repair the fiscal damage wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that will likely mean a GST rise, even if there are better, but politically unpalatable, alternatives.
Preventing nursing home suicides
Expanding suicide prevention frameworks to include aged care residents, aligning nursing home life with community living, and improving residents' access to mental heath services is a good start.
'It felt like a prison'
Around 6000 Australians aged under 65 live in nursing homes, cut off from their families and peers, with inadequate support for their disabilities.
All sorts of sweeteners
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and PM Scott Morrison pack the 2019 Federal Budget full of goodies as they push towards an election.
Ripping the heart out of research
With a budget surplus in sight, it makes no sense to cut funding from Australia's research capacity.
All talk, no action on family violence
The Turnbull government's budget has failed to match its expressed desire to take violence against women seriously.
Can the budget revive the Coalition?
This time the pressure is particularly intense, given that the Turnbull government has trailed Labor in the past 31 Newspolls.
Treasurer shows us the money
Scott Morrison's 2018 federal budget is aimed at winning back middle Australia, with 10 million workers set to receive tax refunds worth up to $530.
Margaret Gardner AC
President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University
Jean Monnet Chair in Politics and Economics, Monash University
Head, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Department of Forensic Medicine
Adjunct lecturer, Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Director, Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology
Professor of Criminology
Senior lecturer, School of Social Sciences