Budget could balance this financial year

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 15-Oct-18

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has indicated that the Budget bottom line was $6.6bn ahead of expectations in the first two months of 2018-19. The federal government has forecast a Budget deficit of $14.5bn for 2018-19, and the deficit was $8.9bn for the 12 months to 31 August. The government expects to achieve a surplus in 2019-20, but economist Chris Richardson says it could potentially do so in 2018-19. However, he says this will depend on the health of the economy and spending restraint by the government.


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