Word from The Hill: Treasurer Chalmers warns against getting too excited by $50 billion improvement in budget bottom line

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As well as her interviews with politicians and experts, Politics with Michelle Grattan includes “Word from The Hill”, where she discusses the news with members of The Conversation politics team.

In this podcast Michelle and Amanda Dunn, the Conversation’s politics editor, canvass Jim Chalmers’ announcement of a windfall improvement of almost $50 billion in the budget outcome for the financial year just ended – which the treasurer is talking down as the result of temporary factors. He insists his October “bread and butter” budget is full of challenges, as the government trawls through Coalition programs looking for cuts.

Michelle and Amanda also discuss the latest polling on a republic, as well as the introduction next week of legislation for a national integrity commission.

This article is republished from The Conversation is the world's leading publisher of research-based news and analysis. A unique collaboration between academics and journalists. It was written by: Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra.

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