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Treasurer Joe Hockey said that Australia’s heavy reliance on income taxes ‘may be unsustainable’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Tax paper shows bracket creep is stalking Australian taxpayers

The government's long awaited tax discussion paper says Australia has a relatively low tax burden compared to other developed countries but its system faces "challenges from a changing world".
‘Four more years’ for NSW Premier Mike Baird, which the crowd chanted as he arrived at the Liberals' election night party. AAP/Nikki Short

Baird’s back in NSW: experts react to the Coalition win

Mike Baird's Liberal National coalition has been comfortably returned to government in New South Wales, despite a 9% statewide swing against it on the two-party preferred vote.
The new Reef 2050 plan is taking the long view on protecting the Great Barrier Reef - but does it have the right vision? Nickj/Wikimedia Commons

Government unveils 2050 Great Barrier Reef plan: experts react

The federal and Queensland governments have unveiled their blueprint for protecting the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. Will the $2 billion plan succeed? Our experts give their verdicts.
Despite months of lobbying and an 11th-hour bid at compromise, Christopher Pyne has failed to negotiate the passage of his university reforms through the Senate. AAP/Mick Tsikas

University fee deregulation blocked but Pyne pledges to fight on

The Senate has defeated the government's plan to deregulate university fees 34 votes to 30, with Labor, the Greens and five of the other eight crossbenchers combining against it.
The National Civic Council, a Christian lobby group, orchestrated a massive email campaign before the spill motion to pressure MPs to support Tony Abbott’s leadership. AAP/Jane Dempster

Cabinet committee favoured foreign construction of subs: Four Corners

Cabinet's national security committee last October favoured Australia's new submarine fleet being mostly constructed overseas with the ASC having only limited work.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne at today’s press conference in Canberrra. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Pyne backflips on research infrastructure funding cut

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has backed down on his threat to defund NCRIS if the Senate failed to pass the government's university deregulation bill.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne said he is ‘not prepared to let these reforms be drowned out by distractions’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Pyne’s last-ditch compromise fails to sway crossbench

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has announced a last-ditch effort to try to save the government's plan to deregulate university fees, which faces defeat in the Senate.
Malcolm Turnbull has rejected Joe Hockey’s controversial superannuation comment as a ‘bad idea’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Turnbull lays down way to sell budget challenges

Malcolm Turnbull has slapped down Joe Hockey over superannuation and said the government last year failed to make the case for budget repair, in comments that will be seen by some Liberals as raising his profile for the leadership.
The statement by the NHMRC is based on a summary of research on homeopathy’s effectiveness for treating health conditions. Guillaume Brialon/Flickr

Health experts find no evidence homeopathy works, again

Two years in the making, a statement released by the National Health and Medicine Research Council has found no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.
Treasurer Joe Hockey said the Intergenerational Report was ‘a social compact between the generations’. AAP/Lukas Coch

Hockey looks to elderly for Australian prosperity

By mid-century, Australia will have about 40,000 people aged 100 and above – well more than 300 times the 122 centenarians there were in 1975, according to the Intergenerational Report released on Thursday.
Education minister Christopher Pyne has maintained that the higher education reforms must be passed in order for science infrastructure funding to be released. AAP/Lukas Coch

Science infrastructure funding is being held hostage by government

Leading scientists warn that research facilities may close and jobs will be lost if the government doesn't free up promised science funding.
Attorney-General George Brandis has reiterated his lack of confidence in Gillian Triggs. AAP/Lukas Coch

Brandis censured by Senate over Triggs attacks

The Senate has censured Attorney-General George Brandis, saying he is "unfit to hold the office", over his behaviour in relation to Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs.
Despite only finding an association between fluoridated water and underactive thyroid gland, the paper says we should try to reduce all sources of fluoride in the environment. Joost Nelissen/Flickr

Flawed study overstates link between fluoride and ill health: experts

A study linking water fluoridation to hypothyroidism has been criticized by researchers for poor design and overstating its findings.
Students undertaking vocational courses are less likely to pay back their student loan given many don’t earn over the repayment threshold. Shutterstock

40% of vocational students won’t repay their student loan: report

More than a third (40%) of government loans to vocational education and training students will never be repaid, according to a new analysis by the Grattan Institute.