Even with higher fees, higher education will still be worthwhile for most young people.
Earnings data suggest higher education remains financially attractive for most students, and the small proposed fee increases should not materially affect that.
It won’t surprise Eastern Freeway users that the commute from the northeast of Melbourne to the CBD is the worst.
For Melbourne drivers who comfort themselves with the thought that traffic congestion is worse in Sydney, sorry but new analysis shows overall delays are similar, but some commutes are especially bad.
While it may not be perfect, Gonski 2.0 greatly improves equity in the way we fund Australian schools.
The passage of the new schools funding program is a big win for Australian children.
The bid to keep the lights on is prompting ever more government meddling in electricity markets.
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Proposals for the government to commission more "baseload" electricity generation will raise private sector concerns over Canberra's growing willingness to intervene in a previously free market.
The Finkel review’s recommendations would put pressure on coal while encouraging gas and renewable energy
A Clean Energy Target and a swathe of measures to improve the security and reliability of the electricity grid are among the recommendations of the keenly awaited Finkel Review.
Labor must explain how its additional funding will benefit students.
Here's why Labor’s figure for school funding is too high.
The government is creating a new agency to finance infrastructure, like a bond aggregator to fund public housing.
The federal government keeps coming up with new ways to finance infrastructure, but it isn't clear they will shift the cost or risk away from government.
A byproduct of Australia’s fractured federalism is that both the Commonwealth and state governments fund public hospitals.
Leaked documents of a secret 'taskforce' to reform public hospital funding reveal some controversial proposals. So how are hospitals funded and why might this need changing?
Current political intervention in the energy market is haphazard and disconnected.
The energy security crisis has politicians leaping to unveil various schemes. But we don't need piecemeal action – the Finkel review, due in June, aims to create a coherent new energy blueprint.
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison says the big banks should be able to absorb the cost of a new bank levy.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said Australia's banks have a return on equity about twice that of banks in other advanced economies. Is that right?
The Medicare Guarantee Fund appears to be no more than an accounting trick.
The fund is nothing more than a rebadging exercise in the hope people might think it is a new policy. And it's being used to airbrush public hospitals out of the Medicare picture.
Gas infrastructure and exploration attracted the lion’s share of new energy announcements in the 2017 federal budget.
The federal budget will pump A$90 million into boosting domestic gas production, as well as investing in pumped hydro and measures to monitor energy prices.
Infrastructure has been flagged as a major recipient of federal funds in the 2017 budget.
The Conversation’s economic experts react to the 2017-18 budget measures in the areas of living costs, economic management and infrastructure planning and investment.
The future of the NDIS is seemingly secured in this federal budget.
Health announcements in the federal budget include a slow lifting of the Medicare rebate freeze, money for new medicines, and an increase in the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS.
What was between the lines of Scott Morrison’s budget speech?
The Conversation's experts annotate Treasurer Scott Morrison's 2017-18 budget speech.
Older Australians are not deterred by financial barriers as much as emotional ones, when it comes to downsizing.
When people do downsize, financial incentives are generally not the big things on their minds. And so most of the budget’s financial incentives will go to those who were going to downsize anyway.
If wages just grow at the rate of the last 12 months, rather than at the higher growth in the budget forecasts, income tax collections will be A$7 billion less for 2019-20.
Wonky forecasts show it's time for a new approach that adopts more conservative forecasts, and makes a genuine commitment to budget repair.
Students will have to stay repaying their loan when they earn $42,000.
Students will now have to pay back more of their loan, and repay quicker.
Catholic schools and over-funded schools will lose out the most.
For the first time, Education Minister Simon Birmingham has proposed a credible plan to deliver needs-based funding.
General practice in Australia needs reform.
Extra funding to GPs from lifting the Medicare Rebate freeze should be used to buy better data, so that future reform can be based on sound evidence.