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Labor leader Bill Shorten has shown, with the announcement of the party’s super plan, that he’s willing to cooperate with the government on some measures. Mick Tsikas/AAP

A super test for Australia’s political system

Labor's superannuation plan shows some promise for budget repair, if the two parties can compromise where it counts.
Is it fair that students pay different amounts for university courses? .SilentMode/flickr

Should students pay different fees for university courses?

Students currently pay higher fees for courses that lead to jobs with typically higher wages. But not all students find, or want, a job in their area of study. Should all students then pay the same amount for their university degree?
Education policy should focus on making sure that every student makes great progress, rather than accountability for test scores or teacher performance pay. from www.shutterstock.com

Three schools reforms that will lift student outcomes

Focusing on progress – not just achievement – and investing in improving teaching practice will help to lift slipping standards in Australian schools.
By persuading some drivers to travel a different route or at a different time, congestion charges can dramatically improve the flow of traffic. AAP/Andrew Brownbill

How to make cities work better – here’s what the government needs to do

Bigger cities increase wages, output and innovation, but also problems of congestion and pollution. Congestion charges can minimise these problems by dramatically improving traffic flows.
Australia’s power policies still aren’t heading in quite the right direction. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Australia’s energy sector is in critical need of reform

Australia's energy policy has lost its way over the past couple of decades, which is unfortunate because the challenges – to move to a low-carbon economy without high prices – have never been tougher.
Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy. Lukas Coch/AAP

A snapshot of the challenges facing the new Turnbull government

What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
Malcolm Turnbull sets about the business of his returned government with the Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson. AAP/Lukas Coch

The policy agenda: what the government should do now

With nearly 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth at risk of coming to an end, the new government must make budget repair a priority.
Despite Malcolm Turnbull’s enthusiasm for public transport, the Coalition tends to favour road projects over rail. AAP/Lukas Coch

Election 2016: will the infrastructure promises meet Australia’s needs?

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 Productivity Commission report is not a comprehensive plan of what government should do about digital disruption. www.shutterstock.com

Digital disruption: STEM graduates and more regulation not the answer

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.

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