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Fear factor aside, Hockey has budget options

A tough budget next month is not the optimal policy response for Australia, but the federal government will have to improve its financial position over the medium term.

National productivity needs a boost

The mining sector has been blamed for Australia’s falling productivity but the problem is much wider.

Benefits flow from Asian trade links

Mining comprises about one fifth of Western Australia’s economy, about four times higher than for Australia as a whole.

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Fear factor aside, Hockey has budget options

A tough budget next month is not the optimal policy response for Australia, but the federal government will have to improve its financial position over the medium term.