Federal Budget

Defence spending

While the US is critical of Australia's recent cuts to defence spending, what matters is not how much you spend, but how and where you spend it, argues Alan Stephens.

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The government's critics could be spot on in suggesting Wayne Swan got the numbers wrong - not because they have superior insight into the economy, but because it's near impossible to get economic forecasting right, writes Jeffrey Braithwaite.

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The targeted additions to spending in the budget are in part symbolic, but also likely to be quite progressive in their impact, write Peter Whiteford and Gerry Redmond.

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The recent flurry of defence reports and reviews is creating a false sense of purpose and action, and cannot disguise a drift from defence policy, writes Alan Dupont.

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Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer has welcomed the significant funding boost for higher education announced in the Federal Budget. Major wins for UNSW include $48 million for the College of Fine Arts and $20 million towards a new institute to fight HIV/AIDS.

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