The Morrison government’s infrastructure budget favours Victoria, in a change from recent budgets.
Despite boasts of 'record' infrastructure spending, relative to GDP it's comparable to previous budgets. What's different is that Treasurer Frydenberg has chanced his arm more over the longer term.
Frydenberg may claim education is critical to the prosperity of our country, but his budget does not reflect this.
The government has delivered a pretty disappointing budget for education, with no secure funding for early childhood education and a recycled commitment of $300 for schools.
The budget provides some short-term boosts for aged care and mental health but little opportunity for much-needed structural reform.
The budget includes a step towards modernising Medicare, through a new annual payment for each person with diabetes who signs up with a specific GP.
Budget papers ready for packing at a printing facility in Canberra on Sunday afternoon. The budget will be delivered on Tuesday night.
The promised surpluses won't last unless we stop giving older Australians more and more and asking them to pay less and less.
When did you last visit the dentist?
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Unlike health care for the rest of our body, dental care mostly comes out of our own pocket – and it's not cheap. Many Australians go without and their health suffers.
Commuters at Epping train station board replacement buses during work on the line for the Sydney Metro, the biggest of all the promised projects.
The major parties are promising projects costing tens of billions of dollars, with a surprisingly large overlap between them. Yet only two have been endorsed by infrastructure authorities.
The funding gap between the most and least well-off schools has grown over the last ten years.
Schools funding doesn't pass the playground test of fairness: state schools get less government funding than governments themselves say the schools need.
Premium subsidies encourage Australians to take out and keep private health insurance.
Subsidies for private health insurance premiums cost the government over A$6 billion a year. Is it time to scrap the rebate and redirect these funds elsewhere in the health system?
Labor wants young Australians defaulted into insurance the Productivity Commission says most don’t need.
Labor's proposed amendments to the Coalition's Protecting Your Super Bill would have cost young Australians $400 million a year.
Restricted powers and a small budget are major concerns with the proposed federal integrity commission.
Corrupt politicians and public servants will be under the spotlight of the new federal corruption watchdog. But if its proposed powers are any clue, it will have neither bark nor bite. Here's why.
Released political donations data found nearly 90% of declared donations to the Tassie Liberals were from gambling groups.
Today the Commonwealth has released data on political donations. It shows high levels of donations from the gambling industry to political parties.
There need to be deeper reforms to teaching, such as higher pay at the top end, better opportunities for career advancement, and improvements to the professional working environment.
Evidence shows improving teacher selection will improve student results.
Whether your energy comes from coal or renewable sources isn’t likely to make a difference to your risk of a blackout this summer.
Summer is here and the chance of blackouts is higher than normal. But the cause is unlikely to be the power station. The problem is usually much closer to home – in the local poles and wires.
Full-time employment is up, the gender gap has widened, and employers are generally satisfied with the quality of Australian graduates.
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At least in the short term, employment opportunities for graduates seem to be increasing.
Australia’s super system could give us so much more to retire on, without taking more out of our wages.
Increases in super contributions come out of our own pockets. In the past Shorten and Keating have conceded this.
Neither Treasurer Josh Frydenberg nor Finance Minister Mathias Cormann would commit to banking the proceeds of improved economic circumstances.
When assessed by the government's own rules, MYEFO fails. The government is spending the latest revenue windfall even though it promised not to.
The funding proposal is no fix for Australia’s health system but it could take some political pressure off the Coalition in the lead up to the 2019 federal election.
The A$1.25 billion health funding boost isn't based on any coherent policy direction. It's designed to shore up support in marginal electorates.
About one in five school leavers who start university will not complete a degree within nine years.
Before deciding what to study at which university, high school graduates should consider the drop-out rates, early-career employment prospects and lifetime earnings their program is likely to yield.
Victoria’s Loy Yang brown coal power station at night. Breaking up generation companies might do little to bring prices down.
The government wants the power to break up power companies if they keep prices high. There's little to suggest it would achieve much.
Leader of the Victorian Greens Samantha Ratnam with the member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell.
Were the Victorian Greens correct about pubic school funding? We asked the experts to check the numbers.