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Elections used to be about costings. Here's what's changed

  • Written by Peter Martin, Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

The last week of campaigns used to be frantic, behind the scenes. In public, right up until the final week, the leaders would make all sorts of promises, many of them expensive, with nary a mention of the spending cuts or tax increases that would be needed to pay for them.

Then, in a ritual as Australian as the stump jump plough, days before the...

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