The budget is done and the (unofficial) election campaign begins. All the day’s events, live

Well that was quick.

Speaking to Sabra Lane on ABC radio this morning, Josh Frydenberg announced the energy assistance payment, worth $75 for singles and $125 for couples, will be made available to people on Newstart.

Coming up on the RN edition: @JoshFrydenberg on the budget… and in breaking news, the newly announced Energy assistance payment will be extended to those on Newstart – listen in. @abcnews

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The budget is done which means the election campaign has just begun.

I can’t remember a time when the budget and election had such a compressed timetable before. And all it has done has just lent the budget an air of cynicism – it reads more like a campaign platform, than a serious economic document. Which, effectively, it is.

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