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What will it take to give Australia’s space agency wings? Image from the opening ceremony at IAC2017. usembassycanberra/flickr

Five steps Australia can take to build an effective space agency

The excitement over the announcement of a space agency for Australia has now quietened. So it's time to work out what we want, and how to get there.
The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break. Rob Blakers/AAP

Government reaches out to Catholics on Gonski 2.0

Simon Birmingham met Catholic education representatives on Monday night, receiving such a haranguing that at times it was difficult for him to get a word in.
The government is counting on a deal with the Greens or the support of most of the other Senate crossbenchers to pass its schools funding package. Brendan Esposito/AAP

Liberal backbenchers arc up on behalf of Catholic schools

Critics are expected to speak out in the partyroom on Tuesday, demanding more information about the effects of the schools package on the Catholic sector.
Malcolm Turnbull is trying to take some of the shine off Labor’s political advantage on education. Joel Carrett/AAP

Turnbull announces schools funding and a new Gonski review

The Turnbull government is seeking to seize the political initiative on schools, with a big funding injection and the appointment of David Gonski to chair a 'Gonski 2.0' review.
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham with preschool children at a childcare centre. AAP/Mick Tsikas

PolicyCheck: the government’s new child care plan

Here's how the government's new childcare plan will change the way families are given assistance with paying for child care.
Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull government has ‘already had great success in terms of reducing the rate of price growth’. AAP/Alex Murray

FactCheck: what are the facts on rising child care prices?

The education minister says that under Labor there were child care price spikes of up to 14% over a 12 month period, but under the Coalition those have fallen to "around 6% on average". Is that right?
More than 50 arts training programs across the nation, including circus, may no longer be supported by the federal government. Julian Smith/AAP

Arts training is an essential part of an innovative nation

The past two years have not been happy ones for the arts sector in Australia. It all began in early 2014 with federal Ministers Brandis and Turnbull telling artists at the Sydney Biennale that they were…

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