Hospitals might be penalised for every admission that could have been avoided, under a proposal floated by Greg Hunt.
A plan to fine hospitals for avoidable hospitalisations and pay GPs to prevent them has many issues. The main problem is that it's impossible to measure the outcomes of health care in Australia.
A single, national market that supplies all of Australia’s electricty is looking dangerously outdated – and politically impossible.
The idea that Australia's national electricity market is either useful or feasible has simply passed.
The controversial Narrabri coal seam gas project. Australia has plenty of gas reserves that are cheaper to develop and a safer bet.
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Australia has enough gas reserves to supply the next 25 years' demand. Federal pressure to lift state bans on onshore gas development is pointless, risky – and won't bring prices down.
The new anti-terror laws COAG has proposed for Australia go far beyond those in the UK.
Proposed new laws will restrict parole and bail to those merely associated in some way with terrorism, even when they have not be arrested for – or convicted of – a specific terrorism offence.
Federal and state leaders will convene as soon as practicable for a special COAG meeting on counter-terrorism.
States and territories have agreed to strengthen their laws to ensure a presumption against granting bail or parole when people had 'demonstrated support for, or have links to, terrorist activity'.
South Australia has the most wind energy in the country.
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The South Australian and federal governments' energy feud reached a peak this week, but just who is responsible?
Friday’s post-COAG press conference saw a blunter approach from the assembled first ministers.
A ragged COAG meeting has ended with a split over a new competition agreement and public swipes at Malcolm Turnbull and his government.
Offenders who breach personal protections injunctions would face up to two years jail or a fine of more than $20,000 or both.
The Turnbull government has announced it will strengthen the law relating to family violence.
Better, cleaner buildings could deliver a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas reductions.
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Energy upgrades to Australia's buildings could meet a quarter of our climate goals.
While Malcolm Turnbull still has a substantial lead over Bill Shorten as better prime minister, the gap has narrowed markedly.
The federal government has fallen behind Labor in Newspoll for the first time under Malcolm Turnbull, with Labor now leading 51-49% on a two-party basis.
In a stage-managed moment organised by the Prime Minister’s Office, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison walk together to a car taking them to the airport.
Premiers and chief ministers on Friday delivered a humiliating public blow to Malcolm Turnbull, bluntly telling him they didn’t want even to think about his “big idea” to allow them to raise income tax…
The new funding meets some of the shortfall left by the 2014 budget cuts.
States will receive an additional A$2.9 billion from July 2017 to June 2020, with growth in Commonwealth funding capped at 6.5%. The Conversation's experts respond.
The government’s proposal looks like nothing more than a cost shifting exercise.
The prime minister's proposal to cease federal funding for public schools is a response to a budgetary problem, not a way to improve educational outcomes.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the COAG meeting with state and territory premiers and treasurers.
Giving states the power to levy income tax won't make up for the shortfall in health and education funding and it could mean poorer states are worse off.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, meeting with state leaders today, says if we were starting from scratch we’d tax differently.
There's no need to abandon the current tax collection system. Instead we should ensure the voting public understand where their taxes are going.
Malcolm Turnbull invited premiers and chief ministers to The Lodge on Thursday evening ahead of COAG.
Malcolm Turnbull is the venture capitalist of politics who, with his bid to force the states to raise a slice of income tax, has invested heavily in a risky enterprise.
Whether he succeeds or not, Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to reform the federation will be a long and tricky process.
Malcolm Turnbull's bold plan to give states the power to levy income tax is a risky move, and the latest in a string of attempts to 'fix' federal-state relations that have not succeeded.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will face off with state premiers today.
There's more than one way to restore Australia to genuine federation.
West Australian Premier Colin Barnett is the only state premier putting his support behind Malcolm Turnbull’s federation proposal.
Free market economists love the idea, but not everyone would welcome the competition.
Hospital funding has long been the subject of acrimonious and unedifying funding disputes between the federal and state governments.
The Commonwealth wants to partially reverse the cuts it made to public hospital funding in the 2014 budget. But the deal has some unwelcome strings attached.