Who’ll use the equipment if funding for researchers is cut back?
The federal government's 2015 budget has done little to restore confidence in the government's support for science in Australia.
Since the NT Intervention a large body of evidence has built up showing that income management does not achieve its stated goals. So why does it continue?
Various studies, culminating in the final evaluation report of income management in the Northern Territory, have found such programs don't achieve the claimed benefits. Why did the budget extend them?
Older workers and retirees are fast becoming Australia’s most significant age group of voters – but future federal governments will struggle to pay for their retirement without serious reform.
Within three years, Australians will face a $100 billion bill just to cover the age pension and super tax breaks. That bill is set to keep rising; by 2025, one in three of us will be 55-plus.
Promoting and funding teaching projects needs to be national, and not favour the elite universities.
A government office to support teaching has been put out to tender, but will the university that wins the contract be fair in doling out funds and projects?
Newspoll found that Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s second budget was the best received in seven years.
Last week's giveaway budget has received the thumbs up from voters and boosted Tony Abbott's personal rating.
President Joko Widodo is not crying over cuts to Australian aid for Indonesia.
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Australia has cut aid to Indonesia by 40%. That may cause diplomatic displeasure, but the country has restructured its development programs in recent years to be less dependent on foreign money.
George Brandis shocked the arts sector – and particularly the Australia Council – with his overhaul of the allocation of arts funding.
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The more the 2015 arts budget is examined the less sense it makes. The changes contribute little strategically or politically – they just make an entire sector nervous. And culturally, they will improve nothing.
Despite its purported dullness, this year’s budget still has bite.
After the controversy surrounding the GP co-payment last year, delivering a boring or "small-target" budget this time around was clearly deliberate. But we shouldn't gloss over it too quickly.
More mines, more roads, as the government puts its drive towards economic development ahead of all else.
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Amid talk of paths to surplus and investing in infrastructure, both sides of politics seem to have forgotten Australia's longstanding responsibility to govern sustainably, and not just for the economy.
A swing and a miss: instead of taking its own advice to ‘have a go’ in its second budget, the government is like the captain who sends in a nightwatchman instead of himself.
Joe Hockey's second budget has two large deficits: the fiscal one, plus the lack of a coherent and creative plan for Australia. The Abbott government failed to 'have a go' at building the future.
Governments need to focus their counter-terrorism strategies on strengthening community relations and trust.
Despite significant budgetary constraints, the government announced in Tuesday's budget that a further A$450 million in counter-terrorism strategies. But something significant is lacking in its approach.
Cuts to funding in education and research shows a lack of planning for the future.
You could be forgiven for thinking that education was left largely untouched in Tuesday’s federal budget. But the tinkerings to last year's education budget still mean a "fail" for education funding.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s failure to talk about basic measures of the economy in his second budget speech is telling.
A budget speech that fails to discuss basic measures of how the economy going is revealing in itself. Joe Hockey is the first treasurer since at least 1981 not to mention GDP.
Public sector workers using both employer and government-sponsored paid parental leave have been accused of “double dipping”.
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The government's new paid parental leave could also have the effect of limiting conditions for public sector workers.
Given the increasing number of vaccines recommended for adolescents and adults in Australia, the newly announced initiatives are a very good idea.
Tucked away in the budget papers is an intitiative worthy of applause – the establishment of an adult immunisation register and the expansion of the childhood register to include adolescents.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has unveiled $350 million of new planned spending under a Labor government.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called for a bipartisan push to reduce the company tax rate for small business from the budget's promised 28.5% to 25%.
New Greens leader Richard Di Natale has focussed on health, climate change and public transport in his budget reply.
Climate change should have been tackled and investment and jobs in the renewable energy sector protected in the budget, new Greens leader Richard Di Natale said in his budget reply.
The leaked measures would have benefited consumers and taxpayers, with small imposition on the lucrative bottom lines of pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry.
Despite numerous leaks about impending changes to medicines policy, the budget showed savings of just $252.2 million over five years from adjusting the price of a small number of PBS-listed drugs.
The government taxation mantra of lower, simpler, fairer doesn’t seem to extend to indexing bracket creep.
The government is counting on bracket creep to quietly add to its tax collections. But this is simply taxation by stealth.
Cultural leadership may not be the same as leadership in the other arenas.
The 2015 budget poses significant challenges to the arts sector. So why won't cultural leaders stand up and advocate for the sector?