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Some research shows outcomes may not be as closely related to socioeconomic status as often thought. Some research shows outcomes may not be as closely related to socioeconomic status as often thought. www.shutterstock.com.au

Social class affects school achievement less than you think

In a recent article in The Conversation, Stewart Riddle cited UK, US and Australian research to argue that: … social class is the strongest predictor of educational achievement. But recent research shows…
The Christian Democratic Party has claimed that Mum & Dad taxpayers are getting a bad deal. The Christian Democratic Party has claimed that Mum & Dad taxpayers are getting a bad deal.

FactCheck: do same-sex couples earn 29% more?

“Same sex couples earn 29% more money than male-female couples. Mum and Dad taxpayers are the most oppressed Australians in our economy. Christian Democrats will change that.” – Fred Nile - Official Christian…
Australia’s economy was relatively unscathed by the global financial crisis, according to data from the latest Melbourne Institute HILDA survey. Australia’s economy was relatively unscathed by the global financial crisis, according to data from the latest Melbourne Institute HILDA survey. AAP

The benign effects of the “Great Recession”

In September 2008 the sudden collapse of the investment banking sector in the US would propel much of the world - especially Western economies - into the worst economic recession since the Great Depression…
Australia’s demographic make-up is changing rapidly. Australia’s demographic make-up is changing rapidly. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Like it or not, we’re more diverse than ever this Australia Day

One of the sharpest divides in attitudes to Australia Day celebrations is between those who think of Australia as a nation of migrants and those who regard Australians as a unique people and culture. For…
Australian cities are bearing the brunt of population growth. Australian cities are bearing the brunt of population growth. AAP/Greg Wood

The Dolly Parton effect: a bigger Australia may not be better

Carbon tax or not, Australia’s emissions will keep rising, driven by rapid rates of population growth and increasing affluence. Most of the carbon is domestic but we also own the carbon that China and…