To enhance the opportunities for children, we need to ensure we have vibrant and valued rural communities with a strong social and economic future.
A government review of regional, rural and remote education tells us we need to recognise the uniqueness of and understand successes in these communities to improve outcomes for these students.
In the debate about Catholic school funding, it needs to be recognised that not all Catholic schools are the same.
Catholic schools say they're losing money under Gonski 2.0, but this is only true for schools serving students in affluent areas – those in poorer areas will either be unaffected, or get more.
For Australian school kids to get the most benefit out of school funding reforms, the Commonwealth government must take a hands-off approach.
The shift in the education debate from "how much" to "how best" is a welcome change, but for students to feel the full benefit the federal government must resist intervening.
Some of Victoria's wealthiest private schools have reported spikes in numbers of students with disability. We should only trust those numbers if they're moderated by qualified staff.
Lee Rhiannon and every other federal Greens MP have the right to dissent on matters of policy.
For all concerned, the imbroglio surrounding Lee Rhiannon and her Greens colleagues turns on a fundamental disagreement over process and principle.
The federal parliamentary Greens are taking on the power of the party’s hard left NSW branch.
The issues with Lee Rhiannon involved trust in her, and the ability of the hardline NSW branch to bind MPs.
The ABS estimates that as of December 2016, the Australian population was around 24.4 million.
The 2016 Census reveals that Australia is becoming much more diverse – in terms of language, country of birth, Indigenous status, and religion.
All nine of Lee Rhiannon’s federal colleagues co-signed a letter of complaint that was sent to the Greens’ national council.
Bob Brown, a long-time critic, repeated his previous description of Lee Rhiannon as 'the Greens' version of Tony Abbott'.
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With her government having just handed down a budget with an enviable surplus, Gladys Berejiklian says the Gonski legislation will leave NSW better off 'in terms of dollars'.
While Malcolm Turnbull celebrates the parliament passing the school funding package, the government is still trying to deal with an energy crisis.
While it may not be perfect, Gonski 2.0 greatly improves equity in the way we fund Australian schools.
The passage of the new schools funding program is a big win for Australian children.
On energy security, there is a distinctly ‘big government’ approach by Malcolm Turnbull.
As it attempts to limit vulnerabilities and confront pressing issues, the government is sending some confusing signals to the electorate.
Labor has been steadfast in its opposition to the government’s school funding plan.
The Catholic sector, having lost the old special deals, would be anxious to extract some new ones from an ALP government that had extra dollars to put around.
The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break.
Simon Birmingham met Catholic education representatives on Monday night, receiving such a haranguing that at times it was difficult for him to get a word in.
The government is counting on a deal with the Greens or the support of most of the other Senate crossbenchers to pass its schools funding package.
Critics are expected to speak out in the partyroom on Tuesday, demanding more information about the effects of the schools package on the Catholic sector.
Sarah Hanson-Young has come up against the pressure of the Australian Education Union.
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Labor must explain how its additional funding will benefit students.
Here's why Labor’s figure for school funding is too high.
Catholic schools haven’t always received government funding.
Federal and state government funding to the Catholic sector does not necessarily then flow straight to the school.
The government’s national school funding plan passed the House of Representatives on Monday.
The Turnbull government's schools funding proposal 'should be embraced by all sides of politics' provided some adjustments are made, a Grattan Institute submission says.
How will policy changes affect schools?
Here's what the latest funding proposals mean for schools.