State government remains an important part of the Australian political landscape.
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Despite intermittent calls to remove them, state governments provide important checks on federal power, and a number of difficult, vital services for the communities they serve.
A pot of flowers adorned with a cross hangs from the picket fence where University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was tied, beaten and left for dead in October 1998.
Twenty years ago, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered for being gay. A lawyer who helped implement hate crime legislation in Shepard's name reflects on its strengths and limitations.
Nigeria needs to review existing structures to drive growth.
State governments in Nigeria are increasingly playing the role reserved for the federal government.
U.S. approval of making blueprints for 3D-printed guns available online has sparked an uproar.
AP Photo/Matthew Daly
A battle over the Second Amendment is exactly the wrong way to think about the government's role in the firearms industry.
Gradually reducing stamp duty and negative gearing would minimise the impact on investors.
Housing affordability has declined significantly over the past few decades. Slowly reducing negative gearing and capital gains, and switching to property taxes, could reverse this trend.
A meeting of the Council of Australian Governments.
The Productivity Commission has recommended reform to the relationship between the federal and state governments. Here are three areas that demand it.
FEMA’s handling of Hurricane Katrina inspired resentment in the affected communities – but did it bring about real change in the organization?
Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters?
The federal government has long shown a hiring preference for veterans to help them find jobs following their service.
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The US government has long shown a hiring preference for veterans. But because of the demographics of the US military, this has limited the federal workforce's diversity.
James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
An FBI historian tells stories from the agency's ups and downs over 109 years and four dismissed directors.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has questioned whether Meals on Wheels gets ‘results.’
Trump's budget director singled out Meals on Wheels as a waste of federal dollars. But identifying bad ways to spend taxpayer money is harder than it sounds.
Residential electricity prices in Canada and the United States are typically less a half those in Australia.
The charge for retailing electricity in Australia compares poorly other deregulated markets in Europe
The Fair Work Commission decided to cut penalty rates for hospitality and other workers.
The insistence by the Fair Work Commission that the government make a submission on penalty rates was not about their position, but a call on the government to take some of the responsibility itself.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order implementing a federal government hiring freeze.
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The president manages more than 200 organizations that make up the federal government. A survey of 3,500 federal managers shows they struggle with recruiting and retaining skilled workers.
Many seniors pay less than younger workers on the same income as a result of special tax breaks for seniors.
The federal government could save about A$1 billion a year by changing three unfair tax breaks for older Australians, a new report says.
A March 21, 2014 photograph of asylum seekers behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre.
The government's message to asylum seekers is already clear: you are not welcome, and you will not be resettled in Australia. Surely that message does not need to be any harsher.
A relative of asylum seekers being held on Nauru cries at a press conference to launch an Amnesty International report.
It has been the absolutism embedded in Australian immigration culture of control that helps explain our hardline policy history on asylum seekers.
Research shows that poor and wealthy retirees spend about the same during their retirement.
Giving rich households superannuation concessions is not justified according to new research which says these retirees spend as much as their poorer counterparts.
The Federal Budget is put together by the Department of Finance and Treasury, unlike PEFO.
The Pre-election Fiscal Outlook shows two things, the ridiculousness of 10 year forecasts and that we need a tougher Parliamentary Budget Office.
The federal government has announced it will give an extra $1.2 billion to schools.
So far the budget has given us more education gift cards to use in the stores of the federal government’s choosing - two more tests for children; one when they come into school and one when they leave.
The budget papers aren’t so scary, if you know how to read them.
Never been in a budget lockup? Here's a cheat guide to finding what you need to know about the federal budget.