No matter who wins power, a large part of federal budget repair will fall on the states.
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The path back to surplus inevitably winds through state finances. And it's a potholed road.
Mineral processing tailings are pumped into a storage facility. Are there still valuable commodities in this waste?
Identifying mine waste materials as economic resources will help support global demand for critical metals, boosting the mining industry during the downturn. All with environmental benefits.
Was Bill Shorten right about federal government spending on negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions?
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that Australia spends more at a Commonwealth level on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than it does on child care or higher education. Is he right?
Personalised medicine allows treatment to be tailored to a patient’s unique genetic makeup.
The rise of personalised medicine, which is mainly based on genetic testing, needs adequate regulation so privacy rights aren't breached. That's only one of several issues that must be considered.
Bill Shorten revisited his PR triumph of ten years earlier in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, early in the 2016 campaign.
All three Tasmanian Liberal-held House of Representatives seats – Bass, Lyons and Braddon – will be critical to the election result.
Visitors take in Cameron Robbins' Field Lines at the Museum of Old and New Art.
Hobart's winter festival explores darkness, storms and the very nature of the universe, with artwork performed in an asylum; echoing the elements and conceived while on a residency at Geneva's Centre for Nuclear Research.
Was Anne Ruston right about overfishing?
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Was Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston right to say that no solely-managed Commonwealth fishery is subject to overfishing?
Was Nick Xenophon right about debt?
Independent senator Nick Xenophon told Q&A that foreign debt is approaching $1 trillion, up from $74 billion the previous year. Is that right?
Bill Shorten is not convinced the budget will be helped by giving the large banks what he says is $7.4 billion in tax cuts.
Are proposed tax cuts giving Australia's largest banks $7.4 billion over the next decade?
Who took the points in the first leaders' debate of the 2016 campaign?
The Conversation’s experts respond to the first Turnbull-Shorten debate with an eye across key policy areas and the leaders’ performances.
There are some good reasons why the RBA should retain its flexibility in managing inflation.
The past century hasn’t seen the worst drought that Australia’s climate can throw at us.
A new millennium-long record reveals that Australia has suffered longer droughts and wet periods than those recorded in the past century's weather observations.
The RBA noted in 2003 that housing was a potential source of risk for the economy.
A 2014 memo from the RBA is being used like a political football in the current election campaign, but this was never its intended purpose.
Government policy signals are encouraging more Australians to borrow more money for property.
The budget seems to be saying to people with taxable incomes of less than $80,000 – if you want to pay less tax, get yourself a negatively-geared property investment.
Not just another budget, but not a plan either.
An ideological view and a powerful lobby group stopped the government from delivering a better budget.
The International Monetary Fund estimates that Australia’s houses are overvalued by around 10%.
Ballooning borrowing to invest in the housing market is impeding investment in the real economy, holding back investment in skills and jobs, and driving up inequality.
On April 28 1996, 28-year-old Martin Bryant murdered 35 people and injured 23 others at, and in the vicinity of, Port Arthur.
How Bryant and, more importantly, the dead and survivors of the massacre are remembered is vital if we're to appreciate the impact of it.
Tasmania’s bushfires damaged pristine bushland and stretched emergency services to the limit.
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This summer has seen Tasmania suffer through drought, bushfires, floods and the worst marine heatwave on record. Is this what life under a climate-changed future will be like?
Governments need to put youth at the forefront of policy making.
Poor economic performance and high levels of skilled migration are standing in the way of young Australians entering the labour market for the first time.
Prohibiting tobacco won’t work.
The decision to smoke should be left up to people themselves, not the generations that came before them.