Despite Malcolm Turnbull’s enthusiasm for public transport, the Coalition tends to favour road projects over rail.
The Coalition, Labor, and the Greens are making substantial commitments to projects that not only lack proper business cases, but are not even on the Infrastructure Australia priority list at all.
The Labor Party is heading into the election with its Medicare banner hoisted high.
The greater threats to our national public health system lie in the increasing role of consumer co-payments and the power of vested interests that stifle policy innovation in health.
The Productivity Commission report is not a comprehensive plan of what government should do about digital disruption.
A Productivity Commission report on digital disruption argues that government's should stop creating barriers to innovation but it fails to provide solutions on privacy and ownership of data.
Both major parties support lowering the repayment threshold for student loans.
The threshold for paying back student loans will vary depending on which party wins the election.
New AMA president Michael Gannon is looking to ‘build bridges’ with what he expects will be a returned Turnbull government.
The AMA has campaigned heavily on the Medicare rebate freeze, pointing out its potential impact on patient access if out-of-pocket costs were to increase.
Julie Bishop had a ‘gotcha’ moment over the government’s transition to retirement provisions.
Politicians stumbled over superannuation this week - but there are bigger obstacles they aren't willing to tackle.
Is Labor right to say that public sector infrastructure investment has fallen by 20% under the current government?
Labor says that public sector infrastructure investment has fallen 20% under the Abbott-Turnbull government. Is that right?
Telstra Health has won the contract to manage the National Bowel Cancer and Cervical Screening Program registries.
The cancer screening registry contract won by Telstra Health is only the first of the potential outsourcing of health programs. It creates a precedent that needs to be right.
Research suggesting middle aged women will be worse off under super changes overreaches.
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NATSEM’s analysis of the Government’s super tax could easily mislead.
Fairness is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to bracket creep.
Short-term, the bracket creep measures help high income earners. But longer-term it evens out.
Not quite so optimistic.
Two government claims about the apparent boost to the economy of company tax are put to the test.
‘Labor leader Bill Shorten was wrong to claim an immediate GDP boost from his party’s education policy.’
Both parties are proposing to spend more on education, yet there is no guarantee that either will lift outcomes substantially.
Both the Coalition and the ALP have committed to raising tobacco excise by 12.5% a year for four years, starting on September 1, 2017.
FactCheck unpacks claims that Labor has a $19.5 billion black hole in its economic plan.
Super changes designed to help women catch up are more likely to help high-income earning men.
The government made many sensible changes to superannuation tax breaks in the budget. But the move to more flexible annual caps on pre-tax contributions is not one of them.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten says the government’s proposed changes to super are ‘retrospective’, but actually they’re not.
Lots of changes affect investments made in the past, and no-one suggests they are retrospective.
Economic reality has intruded on rosy budget predictions for years now and the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook may soon challenge Treasurer Scott Morrison’s forecasts.
Budget repair was put off till later, and the net impact of decisions in the budget was small, but it will be easier to defend in the coming election campaign than some other recent efforts.
The Coalition want to standardised literacy and numeracy testing for students in years 1 and 12.
While schools receive an extra $1.2 billion in funding for 2018-20, reforms for higher education are delayed by a further year.
What does the budget hold for health care?
This is a steady-as-she goes budget, mostly just confirming pre-announcements with only the expected unpleasant decisions, such as the continuation of the Medicare rebate freeze.
Will Treasurer Scott Morrison revive the Ghosts of Budgets Past in this year’s budget speech?
Having made a commitment to reduce spending, the federal government will have its work cut out with this year's budget, which may require revisiting policy ideas that have caused it pain in the past.
It’s become conventional wisdom that Australia has an infrastructure deficit – with remarkably little discussion of what that even means.
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How can we tell whether we have an infrastructure deficit? And if we do, how big is it?