The budget depends as much on China as it does on Canberra.
Tax and wage growth are key areas for change
Having work, but not enough of it to meet the costs of living, is especially a problem for young people, says UNSW Professor Kristy Muir.
Using the federal budget to remove uncertainty will allow people to plan a better retirement, says UNSW Scientia Professor John Piggott.
Stalling consumer spending is a major factor behind this morning's figures, says UNSW Business School's Richard Holden.
The changes announced in the latest federal budget could save members up to $3billion, but they don't tackle the problems of total disability insurance.
Australian consumers could be affected if the 2018 federal budget imposes GST on small foreign imports.
With $7 billion extra unexpected revenue from previous tax measures, the government may not need to make changes in the upcoming budget.
A corporate tax cut might not bring the riches some supporters suggest, says Professor Peter Swan from the UNSW Business School.
Science has largely flown under the radar in a restrained Federal Budget, with no big spending measures and no major cuts apart from the university funding changes announced last week, writes Les Field.