The Federal Budget has been delivered and the pollies are on the hustings spreading the word - the good the bad and the ‘what the?’ of it - in the prepared statements that quickly become boring. But the banks are on the front foot, the schools are rallying and the ominous path of it through the Senate the subject of media speculation and the expected to-ing and fro-ing of the cross benches.

But a refreshing and measured address by Professor Miranda Stewart, Professor Rachel Ong and Danielle Wood from the WEN (Women in Economics Network) at the National Press Club in Canberra gave an overview of the 2017-18 Budget that reflected on important aspects of tax policies, housing, projections and revenue with hopes of a “balanced budget still a distant fantasy”.

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