Both major parties have promised more money to help boost apprenticeship numbers, including by providing incentives to employers. But history shows this isn't the best way to spend public dollars.
Simply giving the Commonwealth more power won't fix the Murray-Darling Basin crisis.
Australia’s international reputation depends on rejecting the use of Kyoto carry-over. More importantly, so does our climate.
Australia relies on Indigenous people to meet our conservation goals, but they're short-changed by federal funding.
It's easy to legislate for new offences and more incarceration. It's harder – and more expensive – to ensure the community is safer in the long term. This involves addressing causes, not effects.
Labor and the Coalition's health policies and campaign strategy couldn't be more different this election.
All Australians should have access to subsidised dental care, not just pensioners and children.
Health has taken centre stage of the election campaign. Here's what you need to know to make sense of the claims (and counter claims) of the major parties so far.
Both the Liberals and Labor complain about government advertising when they're in the opposition. So why hasn't anyone tried to better regulate the system?
Here's how the Turnbull/Morrison government performed on hospitals, primary care, pharmaceuticals and private health insurance.
It's important that the proposed reforms do not just fund more care, but support more of the best care.
Shorten will say that under his government some 10 million people would receive the same or bigger tax cut, with nearly three million low paid workers getting a bigger tax cut.
For more than 30 years, Environmental Defenders Offices around the country have worked to help people take legal action on environmental issues. They've notched some big wins along the way.
It’s your money they’re spending in this election-eve budget. Here’s how we’re covering the story.
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The Conversation's editors and experts are off to Canberra for budget lockup at parliament house next Tuesday. They'll have early access to what the government plans to do with our money this year.
While the freeze has been blamed for rising out-of-pocket costs for consumers, bulk billing rates haven't fallen.
A full throated inquiry into superannuation and whether we need more could be the last best thing the Coalition does.
Ian McAllister on voters and issues in the upcoming election.
The Australian Election Study Director Ian McAllister says one thing voters will want at this poll is stability.
Bishop's claim she'd reconsidered her plans on the basis she believed the government will be re-elected doesn't wash. She was always expected to bail out – it was a matter of when she'd say so.
The exit of Bishop underlines the Liberals' “woman problem”.
It comes after the decision by cabinet minister Kelly O'Dwyer to leave at the election.
If another country wants to weaponise data hacked through Australia's parliament, we'll likely see them try to inflame religious and ethnic differences, and drive votes to minor parties.