A chance to shine: festivals bring fringe benefits.
Forget the main stage headliners, the real festival heroes might be selling you crocodile burgers and mango smoothies.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (2L) defended the government’s decision to withdraw teachers from Aurukun’s school following the latest incidence of youth violence.
Media reporting and policies almost always tend to focus on what is wrong with Indigenous Australians. This is having unintended consequences.
Labor aims to make quality early education and care more affordable for families.
Labor’s policy does, however, fail to commit to long-term funding for universal access to preschool education.
Piles of evidence don’t make any difference if they’re not being used to develop policy.
Researchers and policymakers need to talk to each other. If they don't, important research will merely gather dust and policies might do more harm than good.
There have been number of short-lived Commonwealth funding programs for dental care in the past.
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PolicyCheck unpacks the detail and history of the Coalition's proposed dental health care policy.
Staring into the abyss.
The US has already tried to save a steel industry, and its undercooked response holds some valuable lessons.
Jumping to conclusions. Does GDP mislead us?
Our feelings of self-worth and contentment are no longer the preserve of writers and artists. Science has made measurement of our well-being a viable alternative to the banalities of economic output.
England and Wales have been bound together under one legal system for more than 500 years.
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What Wales needs if it's to have a separate system and why it needs to do so.
The economic uncertainty index shows there is still a need for strong policy responses to events that shock the economy.
The Reserve Bank of Australia has created a new index for uncertainty in the Australian economy based on news, financial indicators and economic variables.
Managing the risks of industry-researcher collaboration: Coca-Cola got caught for funding scientists who shifted blame for obesity away from bad diets.
The innovation report fails to mention the risk of bias for researchers collaborating with industry. We must ensure that researchers maintain their independence.
Greater choice and control leads to better outcomes and more efficient use of funding.
Would politicians have the courage to stand up to backlash if people with disability use their care money to pay for overseas holidays, sex workers, internet dating, or tickets to sporting events?
Jacob Zuma speaking at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Adversarial policymaking is taking root in South Africa, where new proposals are increasingly being fought in the media and the courts.
Too many new laws in South Africa are poorly thought through at the policy formulation stage. The new Socio-economic Impact Assessment will need rigorously support throughout government to succeed.
Like other middle-income economies, South Africa suffers from a high rate of unemployment and an under-skilled workforce.
South Africa's lack of a clear policy direction, poor leadership, corruption and electricity supply problems will be the major constraints to its economic growth over the next 20 years.
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If there's to be one committee to rule them all, it needs to be handled right.
Possession of a nuclear deterrent has helped prevent recurrent conflict between South Asia's two warring powers.
‘Fairness’ tops Bill Shorten’s policy agenda for the Labor Party, so it’s time we defined what’s fair and what isn’t.
If every policy decision must pass the 'fairness test', will Australia end up making unfair decisions?
By backing a new Charter for Budget Responsibility, the main political parties in Britain want to persuade you that they’re legally obliged to balance the books within three years. Fortunately, it’s not…
Christopher Pyne argues that the government is on the side of history in reforming higher education, but it is a bad history that he evokes.
After the defeat of the Abbott government’s higher education bills in the Senate, Education Minister Christopher Pyne invoked the legacy of past “reforms” that had been violently contested at the time…
Counting on GDP misses the mood.
Since 1990, GDP per person in China has doubled and then redoubled. With average incomes multiplying fourfold in little more than two decades, one might expect many of the Chinese people to be dancing…
Pollution on an industrial scale.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report tells us that CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to rise and that, unchecked, climate change will likely…