Josh Frydenberg says budget on track to return to balance by 2019-20 after tax receipts $13.4bn higher than expected
A surprise multibillion-dollar increase in tax revenue, and a significant decline in spending on welfare since May last year, have helped the government deliver a smaller budget deficit than forecast for 2017-18.
It is the smallest recorded deficit since the global financial crisis, at $10.1bn.
Museum seeks to stop Third Reich’s second seat of command becoming a shrine for the far right
Just two signs – one in German, the other in English – mark the mountainside location of the Berghof, Adolf Hitler’s retreat in the Bavarian Alps which acted as the Third Reich’s second seat of command.
The site on Obersalzberg has lain largely abandoned since the already bomb-damaged chalet was finally blown up and buried in 1952, with fast-growing trees planted to hide from view even the soil on which Hitler once trod.
Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger leave the social media company amid reports of tensions with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
The co-founders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, have resigned as chief executive officer and chief technical officer of the social network.
Systrom and Krieger did not specify a reason for their departure but Bloomberg reported that the men were leaving the photo-sharing app because of growing tensions about the direction of the business with Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder whose company bought Instagram six years ago.
There is no magic wand to fix gender disparity in the Coalition, but quotas would be a good start
The gender gap in Australian politics is not just confined to the lack of female representation in the Liberal party, it is also looming as a broader battleline in the upcoming federal election.
In a month when the Liberal party has been experiencing its #themtoo moment with claims of bullying, protest resignations and colour-coordinated signs of defiance, gender is becoming a key point of difference between the protagonists.
Three of Brisbane festival’s eight world premieres come from some of Australia’s most exciting companies – and their takes on circus couldn’t be more diverse
It has all the tropes of contemporary dance: taut sprawled bodies; grey nondescript uniforms; a box, in which the cast is claustrophobically trapped inside; electronic music. There is even a running scene – in which the runners get nowhere.
If these devices sound familiar, that’s because they are: it’s been done before, (some might say done to death). Yet Circa’s En Masse, which had its world premiere at Brisbane festival last week, is not dance. It’s circus.
The research paper by three economists at the Australian National University found that dividend imputation helped retirees boost their consumption by between 5% and 6% and created a “significant bias” in favour of Australian shares in retirees’ portfolios.
The satirical news programme aired on Swedish television a week after police removed three Chinese citizens from a Stockholm hotel
China has complained to Sweden over a satirical news show on Swedish state television that advised Chinese tourists how to avoid culture clashes in a way that Beijing said insulted the Chinese people.
The satirical programme Svenska Nyheter (Swedish News), was aired a week after police removed three Chinese citizens from a Stockholm hotel. Local media reported they had refused to leave the hotel despite the fact they were not booked to stay there.