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“We are better placed to meet the economic challenge”: Australia’s Federal Budget

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The Australian treasurer has announced a big spending budget to help get the country back on track.

The government has announced more than $53 billion in new stimulus payments and funding for key services.

Here’s what you need to know

International borders are likely to remain shut for at least 12-months.

The Treasurer promised $8 billion in new tax cuts for low and middle income earners and more than $20bn in further tax breaks for small businesses.

Mr Frydenberg released an 81-page women’s budget statement, featuring $1.1bn for women’s safety, a $1.7bn investment in childcare and $350m for health and wellbeing measures.

The treasurer says the economy is recovering.

‘Australia’s economic engine is roaring back to life’

As a share of the economy, net debt is around half of that in the United Kingdom and United States and less than a third of that in Japan.

“We are better placed than nearly any other country to meet the economic challenges that lie ahead”

tHE TREASURER SAYS.

The Treasurer says that Consumer sentiment is at its highest in 11 years.

“Business conditions reached record highs. And more Australians are in work than ever before.”

The cost to the economy will be huge, the federal deficit is set to reach $161 billion in 2021

The good news is the deficit will be $53 billion lower than expected.

Debt is set to skyrocket again. Net debt to increase to $617 billion.

That’s 30 per cent of GDP this year, and will peak at above 40 per cent.

The treasurer painting a grim picture of Australia’s debt situation, but says it’s nothing compared to overseas countries.

Strong focus on digital economy

The government is focusing on the new economy as part of its recovery plan, announcing over a billion dollars for digital infrastructure.

The government announced a $117.8 million spend over the next four years into artificial intelligence, or AI.

Under the package, Australia’s first Artificial Intelligence Action Plan will be created, which will see the development of world-leading AI projects.

The government has been praised for its decision to invest in the digital economy.

Tony Makin from Griffith University says digital investment is “essential” for productivity growth.

Winners now… but losers later? The reaction.

Makin says the Federal Budget has “too much spending” and not enough attention on other critical areas of the economy

MAKIN’S RESPONSE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET

Australia’s Sarah Hanson-Young says environment is the big loser in tonight’s budget.

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Similarly, Australian politician and former industrial lawyer who is the leader of the Australian Greens and federal MP for Melbourne has shared his response on twitter to the government stating the budget ‘invests in the people’.

Australia’s opposition leader, Anthony Albanese says the budget is “just more of the same from a tired old government”

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Harris secures strong Democratic support for White House run despite challenges

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Kamala Harris delivered a pointed speech targeting former President Donald Trump, emphasising a hopeful vision for the future under her leadership.

Harris criticised Trump’s policies and leadership style, asserting her commitment to a brighter future for the country.

Harris highlighted economic recovery, healthcare reforms, and social justice as key priorities for her administration, contrasting them with Trump’s tenure. #featured #trending #ticker news

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Vice President Kamala Harris prepares to enter 2024 U.S. presidential race

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Vice President Kamala Harris has confirmed her 2024 presidential bid.

Following President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the race, Vice President Kamala Harris has confirmed her 2024 presidential bid.

Harris’s announcement marks a historic moment, as she seeks to become the first female president of the United States.

The news has sent ripples through both the Democratic Party and the broader political landscape as the 2024 election swiftly approaches.

Oz Sultan, the Chief Strategist with the Sultan Interactive Group joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #trending #election #2024election #JoeBiden #KamalaHarris

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U.S. Secret Service Director admits security failure, faces rising resignation demands

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House Republicans and Democrats have jointly called for the resignation of the U.S. Secret Service Director following the mishandling of recent security incident involving the attempted assassination of Former President Trump.

The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee’s Republican chair, James Comer, and top Democrat, Jamie Raskin both called on Secret Service Director Cheatle to step down.

The demands for Cheatle’s resignation comes after the Secret Service’s response to a recent attempted assassination on former President Donald Trump.

Former Secret Service agent Tim Miller joins Ticker’s Ahron Young to discuss the issue. #featured #trending

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