Education research is inherently political, and can never be objective and value-free.
Labor’s pledge injects much-needed funds into education research, but it problematically evokes a biomedical model of research and teaching practice.
Sam Dastyari is facing increased pressure to consider his position as a Labor senator.
Sam Dastyari is again in hot water after allegations he pressed Tanya Plibersek not to meet an advocate for Chinese democracy in 2015.
Labor has been steadfast in its opposition to the government’s school funding plan.
The Catholic sector, having lost the old special deals, would be anxious to extract some new ones from an ALP government that had extra dollars to put around.
Malcolm Turnbull is trying to take some of the shine off Labor’s political advantage on education.
The Turnbull government is seeking to seize the political initiative on schools, with a big funding injection and the appointment of David Gonski to chair a 'Gonski 2.0' review.
Shadow minister for education Tanya Plibersek said Australia is slightly below the international average on funding for schools.
Tanya Plibersek, shadow minister for education, told reporters recently that Australia is slightly below average when it comes to international funding for our schools. Is that right?
Speculation has fallen on whether Labor will maintain its planned policy of enforcing a binding vote on marriage equality.
With 700,000 vulnerable Australians depending on public housing, any proposal to change its status is likely to set off alarm bells.
The report's stated goal is to make the social housing system work better. It does not present as a manifesto for an entirely marketised and deregulated framework driven by the profit motive.
George Brandis called on Bill Shorten ‘to get out of the way’ to allow the plebiscite bill passage through the Senate.
The government's proposed marriage plebiscite has been delivered a fresh blow with openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith declaring he will not vote for it.
Tanya Plibersek’s shadow ministry is being described as a new ‘super portfolio’.
Deputy Labor leader picks up schools from Kate Ellis and higher education from Kim Carr.
Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann launched an assault on Labor’s spending promises.
Consider this statement from Treasurer Scott Morrison about the alleged financial “black hole” in Labor’s program. “The worst case scenario is $67 billion. Best case scenario is a $32 billion black hole…
A makeshift cemetery in Turkey’s Suruc Province, set up for Kurdish soldiers killed in Syria fighting against Islamic State.
Death toll data from the war in Syria should be treated with great caution. It's nearly impossible to provide precise numbers and assigning blame for the casualties is harder again.
The campaigning is building up for the byelection in Canning on September 19.
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Michelle Grattan speaks with Labor candidate Matt Keogh, deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Greens leader Richard Di Natale and Greens candidate Vanessa Rauland.
Not all the measures listed fit the definition of a tax.
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The Opposition is fond of saying that the government has imposed 17 new or increased taxes. Is that right?
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“The bulk-billing rates are at historic highs now. Visits to GPs are 82% bulk-billed. When Tony Abbott was minister it was 67%.” Health minister Tanya Plibersek, National Press Club Health Debate, 27 August…
A screen grab of the minister and shadow minister for health on ABC TV’s Q&A.
While the federal election is still months away, issues of health funding are already dominating the news. A Grattan Institute…