Seen here with the Prime Minister, Karen Andrews is one of few recent ministers for science who has a university education in STEM. Mick Tsikas / AAP

STEM is worth investing in, but Australia’s major parties offer scant details on policy and funding

We've had ten federal ministers with titular responsibility for science since 2007 – five under the coalition and five under Labor. That variation and a lack of consistent vision has an impact.
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Federal election 2019: state of the states

Keep up-to-date with how the federal election is playing out locally. Our State of the States series takes stock of the key issues, seats and policies affecting the vote in each of Australia's states.
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Election stays on tax and health battlegrounds

The government has set out the tax benefit people in particular occupations would get in the long term under its plan, while Labor has announced funding for pathology from its cancer package.
The marriage equality debate raised questions of religious freedom that have yet to be resolved. Danny Casey (AAP)/Shutterstock

The Coalition’s record on social policy: big on promises, short on follow-through

The government is spruiking its commitment to religious freedom and freedom of speech, as well as its successes on tackling inequality. Its record, however, leaves much to be desired.
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Both major parties are finally talking about the importance of preschool – here’s why it matters

Investing in early childhood education and care can save more money in the long run – in areas including health care – than dealing with these issues later in life.
Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield during a press conference in Canberra in June 2018. Over the last six years of Coalition government, there has been a lack of strong policy initiatives and a neglect of smaller arts organisations. Lukas Coch/AAP

Arts and culture under the Coalition: a lurch between aggression and apathy

The Coalition government's approach to arts and culture policy has been one of ad hocism and neglect. Perhaps most serious has been the damage done to the Australia Council and the ABC.
The Coalition government has rejected the Uluru Statement’s call for an Indigenous voice to Parliament, just one of many disappointments for Indigenous peoples. Jeremy Ng/AAP

No matter who is elected, more work remains on women’s rights and Indigenous issues

Some of the Coalition government's initiatives on women and Indigenous issues have been more successful than others. Labor is promising much more.

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