ABC announces Comprehensive Budget 2015 coverage

The 2015 Federal Budget will be released on Tuesday May 12 and the ABC has the most comprehensive independent coverage on TV, radio, online and on mobile.

We’ll have the first interviews with Treasurer Joe Hockey and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen as well as the best analysis and expert commentary from the ABC’s leading political and business teams. What is the state of the nation’s finances? And what does the 2015 budget mean for you?

7:30pm AEST on ABC & ABC News 24

Leigh Sales hosts the ABC News Budget 2015 special, live from Parliament House in Canberra, on ABC and ABC News 24.

She says: “Budget night is one of the most important events on the political calendar. This is my 8th federal budget and I’m as excited as ever to see what the government has in store.”

At 7.30pm AEST, the Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey will deliver the 2015 Federal Budget speech from the House of Representatives.

Following the speech, Leigh’s guests will include Mr Hockey and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, and there will be analysis and commentary from the ABC’s Political Editor Chris Uhlmann, Barrie Cassidy, Annabel Crabb, Alan Kohler, Greg Jennett, Sabra Lane, Ian Verrender and journalist and author George Megalogenis.

Leigh will also be joined by economist Chris Richardson, Cassandra Goldie from the Australian Council of Social Services and Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia.

The ABC News Digital team will examine the impact of the budget on all Australians with a special interactive explanation of the “Winners and Losers”.

Chris Uhlmann continues hosting the ABC News Budget 2015 coverage on ABC News 24 from 9pm AEST. This special extended coverage will include interviews with Greens Leader Richard Di Natale and key cross-benchers. There will be a full recap of the budget’s key points, as well as analysis and commentary from ABC journalists including Barrie Cassidy and Ticky Fullerton and guest panellists.

**Note there will be no edition of Lateline at 9.30pm AEST on ABC News 24.

LATELINE (10:30pm AEST on ABC & ABC News 24) :Hosted by Emma Alberici. A full wrap of the budget reaction.

RADIO :ABC will offer extensive coverage on budget night nationally on ABC Local Radio and ABC NewsRadio.

ABC Radio Current Affairs  Budget Special  (7:30-9:00pm AEST on ABC Local Radio)

Presented by Mark Colvin in Canberra, with Treasurer Joe Hockey’s budget address live at 7.30pm AEST, followed by guests: Treasurer Joe Hockey; Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen; Greens Leader Richard Di Natale; John Daley from the Grattan Institute; Kate Carnell from the Australian Chamber of Commerce; Cassandra Goldie from ACOSS; Australian economist Judith Sloane; Peter Strong form the Council of Small Business of Australia; and Innes Willox from the Australian Industry Group.

ABC NEWSRADIO (7:30pm AEST) :The Treasurer’s 2015 Federal Budget speech live. Followed by Tracey Holmes with updates on the budget response and ABC NewsRadio’s rolling news service.

ONLINE & MOBILE (abc.net.au/news   ) :ABC News Digital offers audiences the latest news and analysis in the lead up to budget night, with full Budget 2015 coverage here.

You can find out what we know so far and how Budget 2015 is shaping up, with what the Government has hinted at so far.

On the night, watch the live stream of the Treasurer’s speech at 7.30pm (EST), followed by Leigh Sales and the ABC News Budget Special. Follow ABC News’ Live Blog, as it happens, with the latest breaking news, details and all the reaction.

You will be able to explore a comprehensive visualisation of the overall budget revenue and spending and see where and how the money has been carved up.

As well as full news coverage, ABC News Digital will have a special Winners and Losers interactive feature, clearly displaying how Budget 2015 affects different people and communities.   It includes areas such as families, health, education, defence and infrastructure, with detailed key points for each sector. Other features include a Sliced and Diced section and an easy explainer of key budget terms for understanding what it all means.

The ABC Fact Check team will be going through the Treasurer’s speech as it is delivered and The Drum will feature pieces from Barrie Cassidy and Annabel Crabb.

ABC RURAL:With designated journalists in the budget lock-up, ABC Rural remains the central point for rural Australians to learn how the budget will impact them. Industry-specific coverage will feature on the ABC Rural portal at abc.net.au/rural Wednesday, May 13

ABC NEWS BREAKFAST (6:00am on ABC / 6:00am AEST on ABC News 24) :Co-hosted by Political Correspondent Greg Jennett from Parliament House in Canberra and Virginia Trioli in the Melbourne studio, News Breakfast will speak with Treasurer Joe Hockey and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and will look at the reaction to the main measures announced in this year’s budget.

AM (7:10am on ABC Radio National / 8am on ABC Local Radio) :Michael Brissenden hosts an AM Budget 2015 special analysis with expert commentary from special guests.

NATIONAL PRESS CLUB ADDRESS (12:30-1:30pm on ABC / 12:30-1:30pm AEST on ABC News 24)

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

BUDGET RIGHT OF REPLY (Thursday, May 14) :From 7:30pm AEST on ABC, ABC News 24, ABC NewsRadio, ABC Local Radio and streaming live at abc.net.au/news24. Live on television, radio and online, the Budget 2015 Right of Reply by the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. 7:30,8:00pm on ABC / 8:00pm AEST on ABC News 24

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