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In this week's essential reading guide Kohler spies a federal budget death wish, Gottliebsen calls time on political deceit, Bartholomeusz illuminates BHP Billiton's sale strategy and Pickering investigates whether a housing downturn has arrived.

A budget of suicidal heroism

Alan Kohler

Heavy slashes into health and social services, totalling 88 per cent of spending cuts in the next four years, are what this budget is all about. No government has ever risked so much on such deep welfare rationalisation.

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