With a federal election looming, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s budget aimed to minimise bad news and hand out enough goodies to win back more than a few voters.
The winners …
Planes, trains and automobiles all receive attention under the government’s infrastructure spend, with Mr Frydenberg keen to emphasise a focus on regional Australia during his budget speech.
Other notable winners included small businesses, mental health initiatives, agriculture and those entering aged care.
And the losers…
Mr Frydenberg delivered an anaemic environmental spend, with a climate change pledge that stretches $2 billion across 15 years.
Affordable housing was also left out in the cold, despite the treasurer describing the sector as a “priority for this government”.
Welfare recipients and the NDIS were also left wanting, but a controversial cashless welfare payment system was given more legs.