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Members of Congress debated a government spending bill into the early morning on March 20. AP/J. Scott Applewhite

A return to earmarks could grease the wheels in Congress

Pork-barrel spending – that often reviled custom otherwise known as 'earmarks' – may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Banned since 2011, they may be making a comeback.
The government is proposing to save A$2.2 billion on education over the next four years, which will hit students the hardest. Shutterstock

Universities get an unsustainable policy for Christmas

The cuts to higher education funding are more about making savings than improving higher education, and would be extremely hard to change in the future.
Speaker Paul Ryan talks about the new GOP tax plan. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Do tax cuts stimulate the economy more than spending?

President Trump recently released his tax plan, but he's also said he wants to stimulate the economy with infrastructure spending. Is one more effective than the other at boosting growth?
With the 2017 Federal Budget release fast approaching, take a look back at the spending patterns of previous Australian governments. Lukas Coch/Alan Porritt/Dean Lewins/AAP

Government spending explained in 10 charts; from Howard to Turnbull

Total government spending has increased over time. But the pressure on the budget under a Turnbull government is more acute now than ever before, because spending is outpacing revenue.
Police training is crucial to crime prevention. Shutterstock

How to cut Australia’s $48 billion crime bill

We need to redirect government spending on crime prevention to programs and policies that the research tells us are most effective.
Modern monetary theorists aren’t concerned with budget repair. Joel Carrett/AAP

Explainer: what is modern monetary theory?

Modern monetary theory is gaining traction in a global economic environment that defies the efforts of policymakers to restore growth.
MYEFO is more positive about the 2016-17 budget bottom line than previous expectations. However, projections over the forward estimates have worsened. Lukas Coch/AAP

2016-17 MYEFO experts’ response: more of the same is not good enough

While MYEFO discussion focuses on the budget deficit, experts say it also serves as a stark reminder of the need for bigger policy ideas in Canberra.
Of 1082 Indigenous specific. programs identified in the report, 92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives. AAP/Dan Peled

How to get a better bang for the taxpayers’ buck in all sectors, not only Indigenous programs

A new report highlights how little we know about what works and what doesn't when it comes to publicly-funded Indigenous programs. It's a similar story in other policy areas – but we can do better.

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