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ABC Guide to the Federal Budget

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The 2016 Federal Budget will be handed down on Tuesday May 3 and the ABC has the most comprehensive, independent coverage on TV, iview, radio, online and on mobile.

The ABC will have first interviews with Treasurer Scott Morrison and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, as well as the best analysis and expert commentary from the ABC’s leading political and business teams.

What’s the state of the nation’s finances in this election year? And what does Budget 2016 mean for you? Know the numbers, the politics and the impact with ABC News.

Tuesday May 3 – BUDGET DAY


5.30pm on ABC & iview / 6.30pm AEST on ABC News 24

As the press gallery bunkers down in the budget media lock-up, The Drum host Julia Baird and a panel of experts will count down to Budget 2016 and preview what to expect.



7pm on ABC & iview

The news of the day and the lead up to the Federal Treasurer’s Budget speech.



7:30pm AEST on ABC, ABC News 24 & iview

ABC will deliver uninterrupted coverage and first-rate analysis and commentary from Australia’s top political and business journalists and commentators.

Leigh Sales hosts the ABC News Budget 2016 special with Political Editor Chris Uhlmann live from Parliament House in Canberra on ABC TV, ABC News 24 and iview.

Following the 7pm ABC News bulletin, at 7.30pm AEST the Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison will deliver his first Federal Budget speech live from the House of Representatives.

Immediately after his speech, the Treasurer will join Leigh Sales for his first interview of the night, followed by the response from the Opposition’s Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen.

The ABC’s Barrie Cassidy, Annabel Crabb, Sabra Lane and Greg Jennett will examine the politics. ABC Business Editor Ian Verrender, Alan Kohler and George Megalogenis, one of Australia’s leading economic and political commentators, will explore the business and economic breakdown of who are the winners and losers this year.

The coverage will also include reaction from economist Chris Richardson, Cassandra Goldie from the Australian Council of Social Services and Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia.

The extended Budget 2016 coverage will continue with Leigh Sales and Chris Uhlmann on ABC News 24 & iview from 8.40-9.30pm AEST. This special extended broadcast will include interviews with Greens Leader Richard Di Natale and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon. There will be a full recap of the Budget’s key points as well as further analysis about how it affects you in this election year.



9.30pm AEST on ABC News 24 & iview / 10.30pm on ABC & iview

Lateline will be hosted by Emma Alberici live from Canberra and will feature interviews with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Shadow Finance Minister Tony Burke.

We’ll have analysis from economist Saul Eslake and further commentary from Australia’s top political journalists.



10.30pm AEST on ABC News 24 & later on ABC

Join us for a special half hour Budget night special, hosted by Ticky Fullerton. What segments of society will be most affected? What are the initial impressions? What is the political spin from the parties?



The ABC Fact Check team will be going through the Treasurer’s speech as it is delivered and The Drum will feature analysis and opinion pieces from Barrie Cassidy, Annabel Crabb and some of the country’s leading thinkers and writers, offering diverse and thought-provoking perspectives on every aspect of the Federal Budget.


Wednesday May 4


6.00am on ABC & iview / 6.00am AEST on ABC News 24

News Breakfast will broadcast live from the front lawn of Parliament House in Canberra on the morning of Wednesday May 4.

Hosted by Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland, the program will feature key interviews with senior figures from both sides of politics as well as the crossbench.

Virginia and Michael will put a spotlight on the key announcements and the reaction to these measures from stakeholders and voters through our own audience feedback.

We’ll also have analysis from ABC’s Barrie Cassidy (Insiders) looking at the political implications as both sides begin the long campaign to the Federal Election.



12.30pm on ABC & iview / 12.30pm AEST on ABC News 24

Live from the Great Hall at Parliament House Canberra, Treasurer Scott Morrison presents his post-budget address to the National Press Club.


Thursday May 5


7.30pm AEST on ABC, ABC News 24, iview, ABC NewsRadio, ABC Local Radio

Live on television, radio and online, ABC presents the Budget 2016 Right of Reply by the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.



8.00pm AEST on ABC & iview / 8.00pm AEST on ABC News 24 & iview

Following the Budget Right of Reply, Leigh Sales hosts 7.30.


Sunday May 8


9am on ABC & iview / 9am AEST on ABC News 24

Host Barrie Cassidy and a panel of Australia’s top political journalists – including George Megalogenis, the Financial Review's Laura Tingle and the West Australian's Andrew Probyn – will help make sense of the events of Budget week. How do the Treasurer’s Budget and the Opposition’s Budget Reply set each party up for the approaching Federal Election?

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