Opinion

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

By Peter Martin
Updated May 18 2022 - 6:18am, first published May 17 2022 - 7:25pm
Labor shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers (left) and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg during the Treasurers Debate at the National Press Club. Picture: James Croucher

The last week of a political campaign 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.

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