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From ‘Back in Black’ to a more than $966 billion budget blackhole in 2024, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has handed down the most significant budget in Australian history. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has provided $257 billion in direct economic support to cushion the blow and strengthen the recovery. The 2020-21 Budget commits a further $98 billion including $25 billion in direct COVID-19 response measures and $74 billion in new measures to create jobs. The 2020-21 Budget is focussed on measures to stimulate a private sector-led recovery that drives economic growth and employment, as well as trying to

As far as opening days go, day one at Diggers & Dealers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder delivered in golden spades. The sun was shining, the coffee machines withstood testing conditions and John Howard proved the most popular keynote speaker here since …. the last time an Australian Prime Minister completed a full term. Which, of course, was John Howard, a point made rather well by Diggers & Dealers’ outgoing chairman, and gold industry doyen, Nick Giorgetta. Giorgetta hands over to Jim Walker on Wednesday night. “How good is the gold price?” Howard, channelling the current PM, asked an estimated near-record crowd of 2400 miners,