Red sky at night, federal workers take fright?
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Congress is working on a spending bill to avert another government shutdown. Scholars explain what’s in store if they fail.
Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from the coal state of West Virginia, is in a powerful position for directing the nation’s climate future.
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Natural gas was once widely seen as a bridge fuel to renewable energy. But the industry’s methane leaks make it a larger global warming threat than people realized.
Electric vehicles and renewable energy will only get the country so far.
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To cut enough greenhouse gas emissions, the world will need technologies that are still being developed, particularly for industries that are tough to clean up, like cement, steel and shipping.
In the latest release of polls, the Morrison government also leads Albanese’s Labor when it comes to economic management.
The Morrison government could have backed Australia’s clean energy sector to create jobs and stimulate the post-pandemic economy. Instead, it’s sending the nation on a fool’s errand.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland the thumbs up after she delivered the federal budget in the House of Commons.
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Budget 2021 includes significant investment in Indigenous communities. Moving forward, post-pandemic recovery and future budgets need to address systemic inequalities.
In a new report, we outline four important steps the government must take to achieve real change in Australia’s aged-care system.
Australia is being paid to borrow. For those funds at least, borrowing is the opposite to a burden on the budget.
Not all chaplains are religious and Australia’s chaplaincy program actually prohibits preaching or religious practice.
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from an infected cell (yellow-green).
The Trump administration has cut funding for infectious disease research and reduced high-level staffing for global health security, leaving the nation less prepared for major outbreaks.
Both opposition leader Bill Shorten and prime minister Scott Morrison dodged the question about maintaining a surplus no matter what.
The state of budget-balance fetishism in Australia means political leaders promise to balance the budget, no matter what.
In Tuesday night’s budget we can expect a last ditch attempt to woo voters ahead of the election in May.
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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.
Canadian finance minister Bill Morneau announced funding for a new Canadian Drug Agency in the 2019 Federal Budget. Here he speaks at a press conference in Toronto, March 20, 2019.
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A new agency and money for drugs for rare diseases are only very partial steps on the road towards what Canada really needs: a national pharmacare plan.
President Donald Trump on the South Lawn of the White House.
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The popular opinion is that presidents win government shutdowns, but a review of polling evidence paints a different picture.
Members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from right, walk toward the Capitol building, Jan. 4, 2019.
Banned since 2011, pork-barrel spending may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Now, a powerful Democratic lawmaker said she’d like to resurrect the practice to make passing budgets easier.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a separate day to celebrate Indigenous Australians.
It was a week that saw the ABC’s managing director and the chair of its board go, with many questions still to be answered; meanwhile Scott Morrison gave the ongoing controversy over Australia Day a new lease of life.
The Carr Fire tears through Shasta, California, July 26, 2018.
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Climate change, development, past forest management policies and current firefighting practices are creating conditions for large, costly wildfires.
Fighting wildfires with air tankers, like this one dropping fire retardant on the Willow Fire in California on September 2, 2015, is expensive and not always effective.
A perfect storm of climate, forestry, development and fire management trends are driving up the costs of fighting wildfires.
Let’s see how well you remember about the previous federal budgets.
The 2018-19 federal budget will be handed down to parliament on May 8. But before that, take our quiz to test out your memories of the previous budgets.
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson is Trump’s nominee to lead the VA.
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While the White House scrambles to fill the VA’s top post, the agency’s deep issues of inadequate funding and low access for veterans continue to fester.