A scene from Doug Engelbart’s groundbreaking 1968 computer demo.
Doug Engelbart Institute
A 90-minute presentation in 1968 showed off the earliest desktop computer system. In the process it introduced the idea that technology could make individuals better – if government funded research.
Kindling interest might be better than filling people with facts.
The scientific community always wants more cash to fund research. A new study examines whether more concrete knowledge of science or more general interest in it is likelier to loosen the pursestrings.
The storm over school funding continues, and at its centre, how best to decide who pays.
Estimating parents' capacity to contribute to their children's schooling is both vital and politically sensitive. Schools with well-off parents get much less funding from government.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Congress may have averted a shutdown, but don't get too excited, warns a Harvard budget expert. The deal isn't sustainable long term.
The government’s Defence Export Strategy aims to make Australia a world leader in arms exports.
The government wants Australia to grow defence exports 800% by 2028. Investing in the cyber industry may be the only way to get there.
Australia is doing well on enrolling four-year-olds in pre-school, but the picture on three-year-olds is less clear.
The latest OECD report on early learning education and care gives Australia a mixed report card.
Publicly funded grants could help journalists break and cover important stories.
A government fund to support quality journalism – while remaining strictly independent – could help produce stories in the public interest.
The government should restore funding to public broadcasters SBS and ABC enabling them to produce more public interest journalism.
There are plenty of models around the globe where governments are supporting public interest journalism at arm's length.
What happens when funding isn’t just eroded, but is wiped away?
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The National Endowment for the Arts is on the chopping block...again. But this time, the ideological justifications don't pass muster.
Spending on vocational education has declined.
While spending has grown for preschools, schools and universities, vocational education misses out.
Writer and actor Nakkiah Lui, speaking on Q&A.
Has the Coalition government cut $35 million from frontline legal services for victims of domestic and family violence?
Who are the winners and losers from recent medical research funding announcements?
The recent NHMRC funding announcement has renewed criticism about how medical research is funded in Australia. Is the system fair? Or is it stacked against some researchers?
The fight for lower or no university fees should be taken beyond campuses to places where South Africa’s financial elite rule.
The next step in South African students' fight against high university fees could be taken beyond campuses. The final battle will be fought at the country's National Treasury and Reserve Bank.
Children walk home from school in a Nairobi slum.
Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters
Kenya's free primary and secondary education policies don't benefit the country's poorest children.
Tony Abbott is preparing the electorate for his government’s first budget.
The prospect of a “debt” tax or some sort of “deficit levy” to assist with the budget bottom line should prompt a clearer debate about the virtues of raising taxes versus cutting expenditure as a means…
There’s no evidence to back up the claim the Australian Government has become too large.
A supposition behind the Commonwealth’s Commission of Audit is that government has become “too large”. The first paragraph of the Commission’s terms of reference sets the context, stating: During this…
Scientists take to the streets, optimistically.
The UK government’s spending review is coming up and scientists are worried. They fear that there may be cuts to science funding, which they were able to just about avoid in 2010 after a strong campaign…