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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg: "This is a half a billion improvement from what was estimated in terms of the deficit, but a $93 billion deterioration forecast [from] the end of the last year."

'Our economy has been hit hard': Budget deficit blows out to record $85.3b

Last financial year's budget deficit surpasses the last record of $54.5 billion in 2009-10 following stimulus measures from the Rudd government to help Australia weather the global financial crisis.

  • by Jennifer Duke

Opinion & Perspectives

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Federal

Justin Page, NSW secretary of the Electrical Trades Union, and Nick Bligh, a union official who has been organising workers at the Wellington solar farm.

Labour standards a fault line in union’s embrace of renewables

The Electrical Trades Union says the solar industry's employment and safety practices don't match up with its progressive reputation.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
The nation's fertility rate is likely to fall to its lowest rate on record.

'We're in deep strife': Fertility wipe out set to derail COVID-19 recovery

Australia has surfed a population wave to economic prosperity for 30 years. But the coronavirus recession threatens to wipe out that success.

  • by Shane Wright

Victoria

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews swearing in at Hotel Quarantine Inquiry.

Daniel Andrews thought Victoria was not entitled to much ADF help

  • by Tammy Mills and Michael Fowler
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews swearing in at Hotel Quarantine Inquiry.

Andrews 'disappointed' ministers don't know who made guards call

  • by Michael Fowler, Michael Bachelard and Tammy Mills
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