At the tertiary level, Australian households and international students contribute more than double the OECD average expenditure.
Australia has the third most expensive education system in the OECD, but we might not be getting what we pay for.
Providing more support for families with children is a key way to grow the middle class.
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Trump should drop his plans to cut taxes and instead look to some of our closest friends to learn what policies actually work to build and sustain a vibrant middle class.
There are new requirements for various welfare payment recipients in the latest federal budget.
The government is reinforcing the dichotomy between "them" and "us" with this budget's welfare changes, but it lacks solid evidence of effectiveness.
With the 2017 Federal Budget release fast approaching, take a look back at the spending patterns of previous Australian governments.
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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.
All of the increase in spending on social security and welfare is due to the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
If you look at past budgets, the proposed cuts in social security programs are disproportionate to the amount the government spends.
Police training is crucial to crime prevention.
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.
Modern monetary theory is gaining traction in a global economic environment that defies the efforts of policymakers to restore growth.
Politicians talking budget deficits have a difficult message to sell.
National governments do not, and should not, behave like a private household.
MYEFO is more positive about the 2016-17 budget bottom line than previous expectations. However, projections over the forward estimates have worsened.
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.
Who’s doing it tougher?
Beyond debates about the avocado smash generation lies some misnomers on which generation had it better.
Makeshift beds on the streets of Sydney.
Not only is it cheaper to provide permanent supportive housing to the homeless, but the improvement to their lives is immeasurable.
Sydney’s WestConnex road project has a surprisingly low ‘worst case’ cost estimate.
Our infrastructure systems should promise what is worth having, and then deliver what is promised.
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.
Viewing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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A study estimates that Americans would pay $92 billion yearly in extra taxes to protect national parks. But the Trump Administration's budget calls for cuts.
Did Greens leader Richard Di Natale quote the right cost for offshore detention in his National Press Club speech?
Was Greens leader Richard Di Natale right to say the government spends $3 billion each year on the "offshore detention centre regime"?
Politicians may like to cut ribbons, but there’s also good evidence public spending on infrastructure drives productivity.
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The work of David Aschauer could help the government put a more positive spin on spending.
Obama’s budget is very much alive.
Republicans immediately labeled the president's budget proposal dead on arrival, but the very nature of government means it remains very much alive.
We might be ambivalent about taxation because it challenges our sense of ourselves as individuals – and we may not trust governments to spend it properly.
Many of us are happy for governments to increase spending on public services, but we don't like the idea of higher taxes. There are some good reasons for this.
Was federal treasurer Scott Morrison right about falling government expenditure?
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Federal treasurer Scott Morrison said that expenditure as a share of the economy under this government is falling, not increasing. Is that right?
Treasurer Joe Hockey is expected to report this month that the budget balance is deteriorating in his mid-year economic and fiscal outlook.
The federal budget balance is expected to deteriorate. The reasons are numerous but, in a lengthy statement, the government sums it up in terms of two key factors. These are: the softer economic outlook…