The scene for change has been set. But will the health minister act?
We start 2016 with big challenges for the health system and uncertainty as to how governments will meet them.
Most of the new schools needed will be primary schools.
Inner-city parents in urban redevelopment zones are the most likely to have problems getting their children into a government school.
Is Education Minister Simon Birmingham right to say Australia runs one of the most generous student loan schemes in the world?
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Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, said this week that Australia runs one of the most generous student loan schemes in the world. Is that right?
What should we do about carbon?
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Things we know: we need a bigger climate target. Thing we don't: how to reach it.
State health departments should continuously monitor the hospital activity data it collects for red flags.
Seven babies died unnecessarily at Bacchus Marsh hospital between 2013 and 2014. The My Hospitals website and other reporting mechanisms gave no sign of any problems.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has promised to return the federal budget to surplus ‘as soon as possible’.
The experts' take on Scott Morrison's first mid-year economic update.
It has been argued that connecting the pipeline to the Moomba gas hub (pictured) would have been more beneficial for the sector.
The Northern Territory is joining eastern Australia's gas market - good news for gas customers.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised any changes to the GST will be “fair”.
There isn't a magical formula which compensates everyone for an increase in the GST - but there is a way to ensure fairness.
A significant proportion of the growth in Medicare costs has been driven by government policies such as items for new services and larger rebates.
The Coalition tried to justify its failed GP co-payment as an attempt to rein in consumers, who were driving the increase in Medicare costs. Turns out government policy was mostly to blame.
Transport innovation needs to move with the times.
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Driverless cars and the use of drones are just two things the Innovation Statement should address.
Catch-up contributions are primarily used by the wealthy, not middle income earners.
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The rhetoric is that "catch-up" superannuation contributions help low income earners. But it's a myth.
Consumers face significant out-of-pocket costs when using their insurance.
The private health insurance is complicated and difficult to navigate. Here's what we need to do to better protect consumers.
Anything wrong with unis spending tuition-fee money on research?
A lack of government guidance on how student tuition fees should be used by universities is resulting in money for teaching being spent on research instead.
Australia’s century-old federation is under strain.
If Australia’s new prime minister wishes to lead a successful 21st-century government, he must tackle the rise in chronic disease and use data to constantly improve the system.
Superannuation savings are the target of an idea that refuses to go away.
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Allowing first home buyers to tap their super would worsen housing affordability, leave many people with less to retire on, and cost taxpayers in the long run.
Holding kids back a grade does more harm than good.
Not only is repeating a year unhelpful, it’s one of the few educational interventions that does a great deal of harm.
More expensive universities aren’t necessarily better, but international students usually think so.
International students are more attracted to universities that charge more, so would price equal quality in the eyes of Aussie students if fees were uncapped?
The graduate employment market is tough. Can your choice of uni affect your outcomes?
Your choice of university may have a significant impact on your life, so it is worth gathering the information needed to make a good decision.
Ineffective care exposes patients to complications and side-effects and waste precious health care resources.
To avoid ineffective treatments, we need a new way to identify and reduce questionable care. A new Grattan Institute report shows how to do it.
Labor wants 50% of Australia’s electricity to come from renewables by 2030 - but what about other climate policies?
Labor's proposal for 50% renewables demonstrates in spades how poisonous climate change politics has trumped good policy.