Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull government has “already had great success in terms of reducing the rate of price growth”.
AAP Image/Alex Murray
The education minister says that under Labor there were child care price spikes of up to 14% over a 12 month period, but under the Coalition those have fallen to "around 6% on average". Is that right?
We should not be afraid of the way technology is changing education.
Do we really need to focus on things like spelling or memorising dates if technology can do that for us? Perhaps education should focus on other things instead.
The superheated plasma inside the fusion reactor is twisted by magnetic fields.
IPP, Matthias Otte
Fusion power, if it works, offers vast amounts of clean energy and almost zero carbon emissions. A new experimental fusion reactor has come online, and it uses a curious twisted stellarator design.
Cancelled flights might be your worst nightmare, but imagine a world with no flights.
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With little hope of finding alternatives to jet fuel, we need to seriously consider a world without flying.
Government ministers have defended Centrelink’s debt recovery processes as ‘working’ following an ongoing controversy.
Centrelink's debt recovery problems reflect an over-simplistic application of policy to the complexity of workers’ lives in a flexible labour market.
The failures of the 2016 Census have caused many Australians to ask whether it’s really worth it anymore.
The Australian Census has been taken since 1911. But is it still necessary in today's world of mass digital data collection?
There’s a reason why some people don’t want to listen. Know that and you might stand a better chance of getting your point across.
What gets in the way of a productive conversation about risk communication? Being a normal human, that's what.
Paul Keating took the prime ministership with a ‘comprehensive plan to get the country cracking’, but the task was daunting.
National Archives of Australia
Labor’s project of economic transformation hit some harder realities as Paul Keating assumed the top job. And a new push on remaking Australia stirred a brooding reaction of its own.
The government was forced to respond to John Hewson’s plan.
The National Archives of Australia, Author provided
Blindsided by John Hewson's policy platform, the Keating government scrambled to come up with solutions to the "recession we had to have".
Paul Keating put the idea of a new flag, shorn of any traces of the Union Jack, on the political agenda.
By the end of 1992, Paul Keating had done more than anyone to place on the political agenda issues of national identity that had been either dead or dormant for years.
Children living in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene account for 60% of people around the world infected with intestinal worms.
There's a growing body of evidence that shows we could be doing more for the close to billion children at risk of intestinal worms. We simply cannot afford to ignore it.
Poker machines are wildly unpopular in the electorate – so why fight an election on them?
The gambling lobby's failure to seriously influence the 2016 ACT election should embolden governments around Australia that have a mind to deal with gambling reform.
Today’s violent extremists can draw inspiration from material online and through media coverage of sensational acts of violence.
We have become used to hearing stories of 'increased chatter' and 'high alerts' when it comes to terrorism. Doesn’t that mean intelligence agencies should know enough to prevent attacks?
MYEFO is more positive about the 2016-17 budget bottom line than previous expectations. However, projections over the forward estimates have worsened.
While MYEFO discussion focuses on the budget deficit, experts say it also serves as a stark reminder of the need for bigger policy ideas in Canberra.
The Andromeda Galaxy, just part of a finely tuned universe.
Flickr/NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and L.C. Johnson (University of Washington), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler
A new book explores some of the big questions of why the universe exists and why it seems fine-tuned for life.
Electricity price increases affect nearly everyone and are a sensitive political issue.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
Electricity bills are set to rise further for households. But it's just because power stations are closing.
For the first time, parliament plans to ban a right-wing extremist group, called National Action.
Consumers need more protection when it comes to making complaints about products.
The latest Productivity Commission report on how consumer law is being used shows that the same issues still haven't been addressed for years.
A flat-rate fee on student loans isn’t a radical idea.
A flat-rate fee on all student loans is a fairer economic proposal.
Time scarcity acts as a barrier to good health, even if you have knowledge.
Healthy Australians slide into extreme inactivity and poor dietary choices over a just a few years of feeling time poor and rushed in their daily lives.