Why are there so few specialist science teachers?
With the current demands from industry for STEM graduates, how many are going to give up high paying jobs in industry for the short term sugar-hit of $15,000 and the stress of the classroom?
Time to punch in.
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The new regulation will allow millions more U.S. workers to qualify for overtime pay. Our experts assess the impact.
‘Labor leader Bill Shorten was wrong to claim an immediate GDP boost from his party’s education policy.’
Both parties are proposing to spend more on education, yet there is no guarantee that either will lift outcomes substantially.
What should government and students contribute towards university degrees?
Increasing the amount that students pay towards their degree is likely to be on the cards of higher education in this year's election.
‘The Coalition’s position on Gonski could change before the election.’
While Labor's policy proposals for schools are all mapped out, the Coalition has yet to specify its plans for education.
Labor has promised 50% of electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050, but has left the detail for after the election.
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Labor's detailed climate policy is ambitious, but it remains to be seen if it will capture the voters.
Everlastings in the Australian Alps. But will they be?
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We're set to hear very little about nature conservation in Australia's upcoming election campaign. Here's why that's a huge oversight.
Angry rhetoric won’t get us anywhere.
Presidential candidates are using voter anger to fuel more divisions and discord rather than to start a conversation about the collapse of collective bargaining.
Bill Shorten sees a fresh opportunity to re-assert Labor as the Gonski saviour.
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Funding is one of the few areas Labor has left to distinguish itself from the Coalition when it comes to school policy at the national level.
Labor has announced it would fully fund Gonski if it wins government.
Labor has announced it will commit to fully funding Gonski, with a reform package costing $37.3 billion over the next decade.
But is this actually what the Gonski review recommended?
Opposition leader Bill Shorten announces a new schools funding policy, which reaffirms Labor’s commitment to the Gonski reforms.
Bill Shorten is pushing schools funding to the centre of this year’s election battle by committing to fully funding the Gonski blueprint.
There’s no end in sight to the wave of refugees seeking solace in Europe.
Europe's biggest achievements, such as open borders and human rights, are at risk as government responses to the refugee crisis fall short.
FDR’s New Deal helped end Depression-era lines like this one.
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A case before the Supreme Court could deal a major blow to unions, highlighting the need for leaders of business and labor to negotiate a new New Deal.
The future of work is an issue on many people’s minds.
Talk about the future of work is in the air these days, but will all the chatter lead to action and better living standards for tomorrow's workers?
Mountain to climb? The Greens have set their sights on topping 90% renewable energy.
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The Greens have backed a renewable energy goal of 90% by 2030. With wind and solar getting cheaper all the time, it's an achievable challenge.
UAW workers are fighting back.
Labor leaders sometimes seem to concede defeat too easily, yet workers are still fighting for their place in the middle class.
Former ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher will join the shadow cabinet with responsibility for mental health, housing, homelessness and women.
Bill Shorten has elevated two more women to his shadow cabinet, giving Labor a total of seven compared with the Turnbull cabinet's five, in a minor reshuffle of his frontbench.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is looking at his third year being vastly harder than he might have hoped.
Bill Shorten, having seen off a prime minister, next week will mark his second anniversary as opposition leader.
Students likely to drop out need support - one of the best sources of support is current students.
Bill Shorten has said he wants to reduce the number of uni students dropping out. Here's one way to do it.
Hurry up! We’re on the clock.
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Are we overscheduling our children even from the moment of their birth? We live in an on-demand world. Movies are shown on request, food is delivered on call and drivers arrive when beckoned. As an economist…