As the government moves ahead with its industrial plan, a new report signals it will have to start doing things differently.
While state investment decreases on average with distance from the CBD, Melbourne’s neediest suburbs aren’t forgotten.
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The neediest suburbs get a much poorer deal in Sydney than in Melbourne. A new study provides a suburb-by-suburb breakdown of state investment, including what facilities and services have been funded.
It's not all about health and wealth.
A zero rate for business could actually be a progressive move and would reflect the anti-bureaucratic spirit of Brexit.
Athens can celebrate two consecutive quarters of growth. Berlin must stomach some weakness. Everyone should remember cheap money isn't free money.
ARENA part-funded the Broken Hill solar plant in New South Wales, which opened this year.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is facing a $1.3 billion budget chop as part of the federal government's savings measures. But sacrifice the lead agency for green energy development
Of 1082 Indigenous specific.
programs identified in the report,
92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives.
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.
Do the Chancellor’s sums add up.
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Rates of corporation tax have a very human impact.
Panama City, Panama. The gleaming metropolis reflects a rapid economic growth with a marginal national investment in research and development.
Carlos A. Donado Morcillo
In the midst of a rapidly growing economy, research budget shortcomings threaten a young scientific community that struggles to stay afloat.
The earth is a finite place.
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The global economy is already unsustainable – let alone if it gets bigger.
Government spending, in part, reflects the policy commitments and borrowings of previous governments.
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Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen told journalists that since the last federal election, the government has had spending as a percentage of GDP at GFC levels. Is that right?
Students demand free access for all at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Many people dismiss the idea of free, quality public university education out of hand. But there are many ways to make it happen - and it all ties back to the idea of education as a public good.
Reflecting on flood insurance
Insuring the most at-risk homes should become easier after April, but the latest deluge makes the new scheme look fragile.
Pulling apart the European crisis response.
"First, do no harm". It's not clear that European countries even got that right as they navigated their way through the aftermath.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the government is continuing to reduce the deficit and debt.
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The finance minister says the government is reducing the deficit and debt and lowering the spending growth trajectory of the previous government. Is that right?
Doing the numbers dance.
The arithmetic for town halls and previously endangered Whitehall departments is now distinctly rosier.
The icons of state funding could submerge the rest.
Simon & His Camera
Keeping taxes lower and protecting the government services most dear to our hearts has huge implications for everyone.
Cuts are not quite as advertised.
Conservative targets for 1% annual savings in the next two years will actually feel like more than 5% for a swathe of government departments.