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Australia’s Space Agency and its journey to the stars. The Conversation/Cindy Zhi

Space Agency for Australia: here’s why it’s important

Funding for Australia's Space Agency is expected to be announced at Tuesday's federal budget. It's been a long campaign to get an agency up and running and The Conversation has followed the journey.
Treasurer Scott Morrison will say in a speech on Thursday that with a stronger economy, the fiscal position has improved compared with a year ago. AAP/Luis Ascui

Turnbull government abandons $8.2 billion Medicare levy increase

Treasurer Scott Morrison will argue that a stronger budget outlook means the increase in the Medicare levy is no longer required.
The key reason for the squeeze on household spending and saving is of course the ongoing weakness in the growth rate of household disposable income. Lukas Coch/AAP

Budget policy check: does Australia need personal income tax cuts?

The government says personal income tax cuts are needed to provide relief from low wages and high cost of living, but will tax cuts make up for that?
In contrast to most big airports where public transport provides a large proportion of passenger access, 86% of access to Melbourne Airport is by car. David Crosling/AAP

Melbourne Airport is going to be as busy as Heathrow, so why the argument about one train line?

Good public access for Melbourne Airport and others like it depends on not fixating on one solution, like a single rail line, but instead developing multiple options integrated with the city's needs.
Checking the power output of a photovoltaic concentrator array built by Martin Marietta, Inc., at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. USDOE/Flickr

With a tight federal budget, here’s where to focus clean energy research funding

President Trump's budget reportedly will slash funding for clean energy research and development. An energy expert explains the importance of government support and spotlights some key opportunities.
A man has his fingerprints scanned by a U.S. Border Patrol agent while others wait their turn. Reuters/Jeff Topping

Is the US immigration court system broken?

The system is backlogged and inefficient. Trump's commitment to strict immigration enforcement will likely make the problem worse.

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