Hockey's push to end the budget furphies

Lack of federal budget transparency has allowed profligacy on both sides of politics, and while the Coalition has a plan for reform its hopes for a revenue jump are shaky.

After such a long period as a policy-free zone, the Coalition’s switch into full campaign mode is refreshing, and is producing news cycles full of useful stories and sensible debate. At last.

We’ve had the cheap-but-good-enough NBN policy, the nothing-to-see-here IR policy and Tony Abbott’s signature policy of putting motherhood at the centre of economic life via a generous paid-parental-leave scheme.

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