The storm over school funding continues, and at its centre, how best to decide who pays.
Estimating parents' capacity to contribute to their children's schooling is both vital and politically sensitive. Schools with well-off parents get much less funding from government.
For-profit services make up the greatest proportion of services not meeting national quality standards.
Children's access to quality childcare is, more than ever, dependent on whether the government views their parents as deserving or not.
Why a bricklayer is more likely to die before a banker.
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Childhood adversity doesn't just affect our choices – according to new research, it also weakens the body's fundamental ability to stay healthy in old age.
Solar panels are still a rarity in WA’s lower-income areas.
Western Australia has huge amounts of sunshine and wind, yet only 7% of its energy comes from renewables. What's more, most households in the poorest suburbs are still locked out of the solar panel boom.
Bottleshops affect the health and well-being of people across the suburb, not just the health of people who buy the alcohol.
There's growing evidence the location and density of bottleshops influences the health and well-being of locals, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
The highest incidence rates by state for the major cancers for men and women are in Queensland.
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Public health experts traditionally expect that the poorer you are, the more likely you are to be unwell and die before your time. But newly available data on cancer rates show that's not always true.
The NBN’s multi-technology mix seems unlikely to deliver the same internet quality to everyone.
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The National Broadband Network was meant to provide greater equity of digital access. So far, it's not looking good.
A snapshot of inequality in South Africa.
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People in some of the most unequal countries in the world think theirs is the paradigm of meritocracy. Can the data help explain this phenomenon?
New analysis shows access to grammar schools is highly skewed by a child's socioeconomic status.
New findings link people’s level of education to their risk of heart attack and stroke.
Leaving school early more than doubles your risk of heart attack, according to a new Australian study.
Men and women living in areas of highest socioeconomic disadvantage have a 29% higher risk of being obese.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
If they build it, will you come?
The Democrats' policy platforms address the fundamental issue of Internet haves and have-nots in the U.S. But research suggests just hooking people up to broadband won't solve the problem.
Closing up the gap?
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Nick Clegg has hailed the success of the coalition's policies in closing the gap between richer and poorer students. Is he right?
Who does well in a house like this?
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Whether a child’s family is well-off or struggling for money has long been linked with their success at school. The gap between parents’ income and their children’s achievement is evident in kindergarten…
It doesn’t matter how much your parents earn.
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Bullying is the repeated and systematic abuse of power with the aim of causing intentional harm. Examples of bullying have been found in all societies, including among modern hunter-gatherers and in ancient…
Canadian students from low socioeconomic backgrounds perform better than Australian students in a similar situation, researchers…