This is unlikely, considering everything Prime Minister Gillard touches turns to mud.
UPDATE: Swan praises ''sucess'' of policies, announces surplus
- Surplus years are here, says Swan
- Read the Budget online in full
- Peter Phelps NSW Liberal MLC on Twitter: ''The strength of the Australian economy owes more to the Chinese Communist Party than it does to this embarrassment of a Treasurer''
- Swan stumbles in speech badly ''Mr Speaker, this government, Madam...''
- Swan claims he has ''gone into bat for low income earners''
- 2011-2012 deficit: $44 billion - compared with $27 billion Swan predicted
- The Courier-Mail reports $52 million over five years to establish new diplomatic posts in China and Senegal
- Latika Bourke reports the Green Buildings Programme tax breaks worth $390 million have been scrapped
- More than 4000 government jobs to be cut
- Duty free cigarettes cut
- Indigenous Literacy and Numeracy Program worth $56.3m axed
- $1 billion in funding for National Disability Insurance Scheme
- Minor cuts, but massive new spending. Have Labor 'cooked the books'?
- New spending: E-Health: $234 million, Pacific Highway: $3.6 billion, NDIS: $1billion, Dental health (a greens demand): $300+ million, $2.1 billion school bonus, $54 million ''to encourage school kids to study maths and science'', $5.8m for Gonski review consultation, Aged Care $1.8 billion, $1.5 billion remote jobs programme,
- Budget an attack on the successful, rich
- Cuts: $5.4 billion defence, 1000 defence jobs, $2.9 billion foreign aid,
- Nine Political Reporter: ''So Fed Labor was happy to pay 80% of Pacific hwy upgrade when NSW was Labor now only wants to pay 50%''