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Taxes and transfers: what will and won't be in the budget

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imageThe government has already made a number of policy announcements about taxes and transfers.AAP/Lukas Coch

What can we expect in the federal budget speech tonight? As usual, the government has already made several policy announcements about taxes and expenditures including welfare and family payments, so there will not be too many surprises -...

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A fair budget? Not for the poor losing Australian aid in record cuts

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imageAustralian aid can make a difference to the lives of millions -- but there are few votes and little media interest in it, so it's an easy target for budget cuts.John Bransby/Department of Foreign Affairs, CC BY-SA

As Australians, we pride ourselves on our generous nature. Talking about foreign aid back in 1997, then foreign minister Alexander...

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Focus on working parents misses true value of universal early childhood services

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imageSocial Services Minister Scott Morrison announces that a A$3.5 billion child-care subsidy will begin from July 1 2017 if the Senate passes previously rejected Family Tax Benefit savings. AAP/Paul Miller

The federal government is abandoning children’s rights to subsidised non-parental care. Apart from 15 hours preschool for four and...

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  3. Australian plays: how to persuade a nation to question its own soul?
  4. We need to stop punishing scientists for talking to the public
  5. There's much more to bees than queens, honey and hives
  6. The resignation that never was: why UKIP needs Farage for its next big fight
  7. The forgotten local elections – Conservatives defy predictions in council votes too
  8. Rombertik 'kamikaze virus' is inventive and aggressive, but it's not the end of the world
  9. World War II is long over, but the fight against oppressive, invasive state laws continues
  10. Why reforming Britain's electoral system will be harder than ever
  11. What to expect from Tory cultural policy: where the axe will fall
  12. Uncertainties over the NHS will continue amid further Tory cuts to local government
  13. Off with their heads! Lessons from the 14th century for post-election protestors
  14. We've had the endless budget warm up – now it's game on
  15. Why did Labour lose, and where next for the party?
  16. Democracy doesn't stop at the election – and ours is broken
  17. Can short bouts of light exercise really make you healthier?
  18. What can we expect for higher education in the budget?
  19. Universities are stuck in a rut – entrepreneurial spirit could get them out
  20. Britain's election results may prove to be a blow to US foreign policy goals
  21. A new government poses challenges for digital business and innovation in Britain
  22. EU plan to sink people smugglers' ships doubles down on a failed agenda
  23. FactCheck: Is half to two-thirds of the Australian population receiving a government benefit?
  24. Hockey moves on diverted profits but gives no estimate of revenue
  25. What running for president can do for your resume
  26. Why is oil and gas activity causing earthquakes? And can we reduce the risk?
  27. Bleed me: why excess iron can be dangerous
  28. Without a humanistic inquiry, we will lose our creativity
  29. Supreme Court same-sex marriage compromise could prove costly to couples and kids
  30. OMG! Proms are actually getting cheaper compared with the price of everything else
  31. Forever crooked: how everyday language reflects negative attitudes about the physically disabled
  32. Scientists at work: studying indoor microbial ecology means sampling in public restrooms
  33. New name and opt-out policy won't save the personal health record
  34. Britain's political earthquake: the aftershocks for UK and Europe
  35. Cameron girds up for titanic battles on Scotland and the EU
  36. European reactions to the UK election result
  37. Captain Kidd's 'treasure' found in Indian Ocean – but this is no haul in pirating terms
  38. Rumbling from ocean trenches could be sign that Japan faces mega earthquake
  39. Violent crime as old as the Bible: Boko Haram uses rape as a weapon of war
  40. Voting system gives Tories a result most UK voters didn't want
  41. The best universities know that talent can't be contained within borders
  42. Shaky ground: the challenge of being black and middle class
  43. South Africa's maternal mortality rate is on the road to recovery
  44. Africa and space: the continent starts to look skyward
  45. One sure thing for Tuesday's budget: the forecasts will probably be wrong
  46. Budget explainer: Debts and deficits, is Australia really the worst?
  47. Is Australia as bad as IS? Skewed criticism may leave you wondering
  48. An objective way to decide on a fair Australian emissions pledge
  49. Comparing the damage by school bullies and abusive adults doesn't really help anyone
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