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Academics want to conduct blue sky research, but that’s not why people pay to go to university. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Keeping public priorities in public universities

Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is important, but universities, as public institutions, have a responsibility to fulfil their public role too.
Australia has committed to a long-term global average temperature increase to no more than two degrees Celsius – yet often envisions a future in which its is a major coal exporter. EPA/FEDERICO GAMBARINI

A tale of two futures: Australia’s economy under climate change

When it comes to climate change and Australia's economic future, different crystal balls can produce vastly different results.
Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt at last year’s Green Army launch. Funding for the initiative has been slimmed down but is still more than A$700 million. AAP Image/Britta Campion

Federal Budget 2015 – environment experts react

The Federal Budget 2015 makes little mention of emissions reductions or renewable energy, but does feature funding boosts for drought assistance and the Great Barrier Reef. What else is in?
Billions were expected to be saved from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – but surprisingly the budget only outlines $252 million in savings. Lukas Coch/AAP

Federal Budget 2015: health experts react

The big surprise about this year’s health budget was what wasn’t there – billions of dollars in expected savings from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
While more information on schools isn’t a bad thing, it won’t lift outcomes. AAP

My School website won’t lift outcomes for all schools

Expecting the My School website to improve learning outcomes assumes that parents will see a drop in results and move their child to the other school down the road - but markets in education just don't work like this.
The competition policy review is just another difficult conversation for the Abbott government. Gary Schafer/AAP

Government writing reform cheques it’s unlikely to cash

Big reforms in taxation and competition policy are on the table for the Abbott government, but has it spent too much political capital to get any of them across the line?
Very high GP attenders cost Medicare an average of A$3,202 in 2012-13, compared to an Australian average of A$690. Tyler Olson/Shutterstock

Time for policy rethink as frequent GP attenders account for 41% of costs

As well as being responsible for a large share of total costs, people who visit the GP more often are more likely to live in the most disadvantaged areas, and to report being in poor health.
Expansion of the demand driven funding system would be a positive outcome for students, but an expensive one too. AAP

Defeat of higher ed bill should ease budget pressures

In recent years higher education enrolments have surged. This is triggering many policy issues including ballooning student debt.
Can NSW voters be persuaded to vote for power privatisation so soon after Queenslanders rejected it? Stop the Sell Off

NSW power privatisation: Stop the Sell Off claims put to the test

Consumers are fed up with power price increases and distrust power companies. Add in a strong anti-privatisation campaign, and it's easy to see how the facts have got so lost in the NSW election.
Women and older people form two ‘armies’ Treasurer Joe Hockey is hoping will help protect Australia’s future prosperity. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Hockey looks to ‘armies’ in Intergenerational Report: experts react

Experts question where the jobs for older Australians will come from.
Joe Hockey’s Intergenerational Report, though scary in parts, is basically a lesson in compound interest. Lukas Coch/AAP

Intergenerational Report: Joe Hockey and the deathly budget hallows

By bringing previous government policy into the Intergenerational Report, Treasurer Joe Hockey has overlooked many questions Australians want answers to now.
Christopher Pyne could separate some higher education reforms into a bill on their own, along with enough savings measures to make them budget-neutral. AAP/Lukas Coch

Demand-driven higher ed reform possible without fee deregulation

It would be a great shame if trying to achieve too much in higher education reform meant that the federal government achieved nothing at all.
The slow pre-dawn commute on the M5 from western Sydney is more than a pain for these drivers: it comes at a high social and economic cost. Dean Lewins/AAP

Sydney’s stuck in traffic, putting the brakes on women and the west

Our new analysis reveals nearly a third of full-time workers in Sydney commutes for more than 10 hours a week. Those workers are spending almost three full weeks a year just to get to and from work.
Non-concession patients may end up paying a A$30 to A$40 co-payment, not a A$5 one. Pete/Shutterstock

$5 Medicare rebate cut could cost patients up to $40 more

The Christmas-New Year silly season gave Australia three health policies. At the start of December, the policy from the 2014 budget was still on life support. But in mid-December, then-health minister…

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