For Australian school kids to get the most benefit out of school funding reforms, the Commonwealth government must take a hands-off approach.
The shift in the education debate from "how much" to "how best" is a welcome change, but for students to feel the full benefit the federal government must resist intervening.
The average year nine Indigenous student in a very remote area scores about the same in NAPLAN reading as the average year three non-Indigenous city student, and significantly lower in writing.
Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.
The rate of complications varies markedly between hospitals.
One in four patients who stays overnight in hospital endures a complication.
More knowledge about your genetic makeup enables you to make better-informed choices – but at what cost?
It's exciting to think we're on the brink of a genomic revolution in health care. But just because new technology becomes available, it doesn't mean it should automatically be publicly funded.
Around 3,000 more Australian patients have a complication in their hospital care in January than in other months.
New medical staff start in January and may not be as skilled or adept as their predecessors, meaning more things go wrong.
The storm clouds have been gathering over energy policy for a decade or more.
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The Long Read: Most Australians' power bills have been rising for a decade. There are many reasons why, but the common thread is a lack of government willingness to get to grips with crucial policy problems.
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The government's handshake deal with gas suppliers may have stopped the market plunging off a cliff, but it's not doing much more.
Patients fear the penalties will end up reducing patient care.
The reality of how the so-called penalties will work won’t match the rhetoric.
Some sectors, like supermarkets, are not natural monopolies, but have significant economies of scale.
The latest report from the Grattan Institute, finds that claims about Australia being dominated by oligopolies are overblown.
Unless governments tackle the housing affordability crisis, the poorest Australians will fall further behind.
Rising housing costs are hurting low-income Australians the most. The gap in home ownership between rich and poor is widening, house prices are rising fastest at the bottom and rental stress is rising.
Reforming how drivers pay for the costs of their road use can help keep traffic flowing, which is just one of the potential benefits.
Traffic congestion is the main cost that cars create when they use existing roads. Road use charges are a more efficient and fairer way to cover the cost and help ensure traffic flows.
Still no clear skies for the federal government’s energy plans.
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As federal and state energy ministers gather to discuss the Turnbull government's proposed National Energy Guarantee, many of the finer details of the modelling are not yet available.
Each year the government runs a A$40 billion deficit, it increases the lifetime tax burden for households headed by a person aged 25 to 34 by A$10,000.
Unless the government is willing to increase taxes elsewhere to pay for tax cuts there will be longer-term costs for the budget and the economy. And younger Australians will wear these costs.
A new report claims that combing renewable energy sources like solar with battery storage could safely take Australia to 50% renewables by 2030.
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A recent report claims that Australia's energy can reliably come from 50% renewable sources by 2030. But arguing over renewable levels distracts from a paucity of policy.
Conservative politicians in Australia push the ‘outsider politics’ theory to bring disenchanted voters back into the tent.
The 'yes' vote disproves that the rise of the minor party vote is the result of a cultural backlash from people who reject the progressive agenda, including the expansion of rights for minorities.
Information on patients’ experiences with their hospital care is often not reported back to public hospitals at unit or ward level.
We have lots of data about hospital safety, but it's not used to make us safer or more comfortable when we're admitted.
One reason universities might not achieve good student outcomes is that they do not spend enough money on teaching.
Universities now have the incentive and flexibility to respond to student interests, and we shouldn't distract them with policy changes that could make things worse.
The Productivity Commission has recommended sweeping changes to how infrastructure is governed.
The Productivity Commission has released a mammoth report summarising several years worth of reccomendations.
While assisted dying is contentious, access to palliative care should not be.
One would think governments would do all they could to ensure palliative care is available to all who need it. This is not the case in Australia today.
Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a press conference.
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The new policy will put the onus on electricity retailers to cut emissions while guaranteeing reliability. And while the scheme isn't perfect, it offers a rare opportunity for bipartisanship.