How Australia’s newspapers reacted to the 2023 federal budget

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Cartoons of treasurer Jim Chalmers dominated front pages, while the budget works ‘a Chalm’ for the voter featured on the Daily Telegraph

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Anthony Albanese’s government has framed the budget handed down last night as a package to help buoy up Australians struggling with the cost of living crisis, while not stoking inflation.

It includes a $40 a fortnight boost to jobseeker payments, while pensioners and concession card holders will get hundreds of dollars in energy bill relief and rent assistance. It also focuses on housing, expanding access to bulk billing and clean energy measures.

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