Research shows linking teachers’ pay to performance has little impact on student achievement. Similar tests to the ones the government proposes for young children now face a backlash in the UK and US.
We have to look very hard to find the "ideas boom" in this budget.
While the government finally ruled out full fee deregulation in its 2016 budget, it is still contemplating uncapping fees for some degree courses. Here's what else is being discussed.
Budget repair was put off till later, and the net impact of decisions in the budget was small, but it will be easier to defend in the coming election campaign than some other recent efforts.
Loading companies with excessive, tax deductible debt is a commonly used by multinationals to avoid tax - so why has the government ignored it?
Last night's budget failed to offer a compelling overall policy framework and vision for the arts in Australia. Like a Beckett play, narratively not much is going on.
Church cover-ups are extremely serious. Child victims are especially vulnerable and often suffer long-term psychological harm.
Yet another budget making claims of a gradual decline in government debt. But the credit rating agencies want us to keep these promises - or else.
If you read a translation of a book, have you read the book? Can language ever really tell you what someone else is thinking? Jhumpa Lahiri navigates these tricky waters in her memoir, In Other Words.
After two Coalition government budgets heavy on ideology, this one is a quieter, don't-frighten-the-horses document paving the way for the election.
The budget paints a picture of higher debt, little relief for growing cities crying out for infrastructure investment, and no detail of how City Deals might work to fix this.
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Conversation about how often you piddle is probably not the most scintillating discourse. But there’s a much bigger reason men don't like to talk about prostate conditions.
For the Barkindji people, the Darling River has been a symbol of Aboriginal survival since colonial times. Now, the once busy NSW town of Wilcannia is in danger of losing its water.
Nanophotonics deals with photons at the nanometre scale, and it's set to transform everything from internet speeds to turning your smartphone into a portable science lab.
While schools receive an extra $1.2 billion in funding for 2018-20, reforms for higher education are delayed by a further year.
On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
This is a steady-as-she goes budget, mostly just confirming pre-announcements with only the expected unpleasant decisions, such as the continuation of the Medicare rebate freeze.
Wins for small business; significant superannuation reform; multinational tax avoidance addressed; and more.
From the Parliament House lockup, Grattan Institute CEO John Daley joins Michelle Grattan to give an overall picture of the government’s pre-election budget.
What a paradox! This is an election-eve budget without big sweeteners to woo the voters.
The budget is riddled with shabby timing tricks masquerading as good economic policy.
All you need to know about the Federal Budget 2016.
Next year, let’s ask for three budgets.
PolicyCheck unpacks the detail and history of the Coalition's proposed dental health care policy.