Kevin Rudd tried to boost Labor's flagging campaign by talking up the economy and jobs at the party's campaign launch yesterday. But no-one can control economies anymore. Mark Triffitt

Tony Abbott says "trust me" in relation to costings. Wes Mountain

Voters are in for a wild ride with the facts as politicians and their advisors ramp up their rhetoric and spin ahead of the federal election.
Neville Norman

The economic case for dropping our obsession with budget surpluses.
Professor Guay Lim

Quickly identify the key themes from Wayne Swan, Tony Abbott and Christine Milne's 2013 budget speeches.
Ryan Sheales

The Coalition has released its election policy costings just two days before voters go to the polls. Read them all here.

Quickly identify the keywords and themes from Kevin Rudd's National Press Club address.
Cathy Harper

Presidential frontrunner 'Jokowi' is urging a "mental revolution" to a more optimistic, self-sustaining, self-believing Indonesia, invoking the language and ideas of the Sukarno era, observes Katharine McGregor.

Image: President Sukarno, Washington DC, 1956.

Rudd's “new agenda” speech is an attempt to to reach out to key constituencies: marginal voters, the major employer groups, unions, and small business.
Peter Gahan

Energised by a new leader with a formidable mandate, India is about to stir. Australia must reach out to capitalise on the moment, argues Amitabh Mattoo.

The Liberals claim power prices have gone up 94% under Labor. Is that true? 
Dylan McConnell

Prabowo is the more worldly traveller, but Jokowi is more vocal on foreign relations. Colin Brown analyses the implications for the wider world of this week's poll.

Are Australians under more financial pressure than they were 10 years ago? 
Roger Wilkins

When big infrastructure projects are scrutinised, prioritised and chosen on merit, future generations won't curse us for the cost, argues John Freebairn. Image: Dandenong Road tram track construction.

 

Joe Hockey and Kevn Rudd play chicken with the pre-election fiscal outlook.
Wes Mountain

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