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?
Everyone wants to believe in unicorns…
They're the lines you sometimes hear before or after budgets from governments and commentators of all persuasions. The problem is they go against reality.
Investment in renewables has slowed to trickle.
Renewable energy has had a rough time in Australia. Good climate policy could fix that.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen rejected BIS Shrapnel modelling the first time.
Modelling on negative gearing has been reheated but its visible flaws should be noted.
State Premiers like Daniel Andrews are always keen to point out any inequality in federal funding decisions.
If the system was fixed project funding would be more likely to be based on merit.
$4 billion of student loan debt is likely to never be repaid by 2025.
Academic experts respond to the latest report by the Parliamentary Budget Office on the impact of student loans on the budget.
The government’s proposal looks like nothing more than a cost shifting exercise.
The prime minister's proposal to cease federal funding for public schools is a response to a budgetary problem, not a way to improve educational outcomes.
Hospital funding has long been the subject of acrimonious and unedifying funding disputes between the federal and state governments.
The Commonwealth wants to partially reverse the cuts it made to public hospital funding in the 2014 budget. But the deal has some unwelcome strings attached.