While it may not be perfect, Gonski 2.0 greatly improves equity in the way we fund Australian schools.
The passage of the new schools funding program is a big win for Australian children.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 3, 2012.
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Hawaii was the last state to join the Union. It didn’t happen without a lot of political dealmaking.
The University of Canberra’s Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, stands next to a photograph of Trump and Lavrov on May 17, 2017.
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Could Trump be removed from office? Answering that question is less about understanding the law and more about counting votes.
The issue before the court was whether Bob Day was disqualified from being elected because of Section 44(v) of the Constitution.
The key takeaway from the Bob Day case is that courts interpret the eligibility requirements for election strictly.
GOP Senate Judiciary Committee members after voting in favor of sending Gorsuch to the full Senate for confirmation.
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GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have pushed Gorsuch's nomination onto the full Senate. Both the Republicans and Democrats are getting ready for a fight.
For Nick Xenophon, the past few days have brought home just how difficult things can become when you hold a great deal of crossbench power.
The trenchant stand that Nick Xenophon – who is usually a compromiser – and his team took this week against the omnibus bill saw a disconcerted government resort to a risky tactic.
Scott Morrison’s move to create a mega ‘omnibus bill’ alienated the Nick Xenophon Team.
Within the Turnbull government there is gnashing of teeth in the wake of the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) giving the thumbs down to the omnibus bill. This bill includes the childcare reform package and trade-off…
Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour earned $5.6 million in 2015-16.
It’s not just that Ahmed Fahour earns a lot of money. Australia Post had, until this week, been able to keep its CEO's salary top secret.
The government has shown no interest in Tony Abbott’s idea, which on the past record of referendums would almost certainly fail.
Tony Abbott's proposal for a constitutional change to make it easier for a government to pass legislation blocked by the Senate does not have support in his own electorate, according to polling.
At the beginning of the parliamentary year, the government is beleaguered on several fronts. But Arthur Sinodinos is determined to be optimistic.
Cory Bernardi leaves the Senate after quitting the Liberal Party.
Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives joins a crowded field battling for the relatively small right-of-centre vote.
Questions have surrounded Rod Culleton’s eligibility to sit in the Senate since before he was even elected.
After all of the legal controversies of the past year we have ended up in essentially the same position – the Senate will include a One Nation senator from Western Australia, but not Rod Culleton.
Rod Culleton’s Senate seat has been declared vacant following formal notification of his bankruptcy.
The Rod Culleton saga still has some way to go before its conclusion. But it is almost certain that he will not be able to continue as a senator.
What’s missing for elections using technology are careful transparency and scrutiny measures to help mitigate risks and build trust.
Elections worldwide are becoming increasingly dependent on technology. But, typically, the electronic systems adopted suffer from weak transparency and scrutiny even when the outcome is challenged.
Mitch Fifield and Mathias Cormann congratulate Employment Minister Michaelia Cash after the ABCC bill passed the Senate.
The Turnbull government has finally passed its signature legislation to restore a tough watchdog in the construction industry.
A Senate motion directs George Brandis and Mathias Cormann to appear before the legal and constitutional affairs references committee.
George Brandis faces the second inquiry within months into his conduct.
Attorney-General George Brandis has pre-empted his opponents in the Senate by rescinding his controversial direction that all requests to the Solicitor-General for advice must go through him.
Senator-elect Todd Young, R-Indiana, thanks supporters after winning his race at an election night rally in Indianapolis.
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Hopes among Democrats of gaining a majority in the Senate were dashed. Here's what a narrow Republican majority might mean moving forward.
The Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs references committee split along party lines with two government senators supporting George Brandis.
A Senate inquiry has called for Attorney-General George Brandis to be censured for misleading parliament.