THE DISTILLERY: Budget grill

Ahead of the budget, jotters give the sense that Wayne Swan can do no right in the eyes of business, while one highlights a dearth of non-mining investment.

As Treasurer Wayne Swan prepares to deliver his final budget – let’s be honest, Labor is finished in terms of the upcoming election – it’s becoming clear from the nation’s business commentators that it’s not going to be well received. Labor has simply stretched the patience of any reasonable onlooker for any dig at the Coalition as a counterargument to be completely ineffective.

The Australian Financial Review’s highly respected political columnist Laura Tingle previews the budget with a taste of what’s probably to come from Swan following Laurie Oakes’ dismissive interview of the treasurer yesterday.

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