The sausage machine approach to budget estimates

Everyone is having a crack at policy costings. But with so many assumptions going into each calculation, it's hard to make figures look the same twice – no matter which side you're on.

The focus on policy costings in the election campaign has reached the point where everyone is a winner and everyone else is a loser when it comes to working out how much each policy will cost (Abbott's secret plan forced Rudd into errorAugust 30).

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