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The storm over school funding continues, and at its centre, how best to decide who pays. from www.shutterstock.com

Explaining Australia’s school funding debate: what’s at stake

Estimating parents' capacity to contribute to their children's schooling is both vital and politically sensitive. Schools with well-off parents get much less funding from government.
Federal and state governments have put their hands up to fund airport rail links before we have even seen business cases. David Crosling/AAP

Missing evidence base for big calls on infrastructure costs us all

Billions of taxpayer dollars are committed before all the evidence for, and against, infrastructure projects is in. As well as missing business cases, basic rules of economic modelling are broken.
We may need to rethink how NAPLAN is used, but overall it’s an important tool for researchers and policy makers. Shutterstock

Five things we wouldn’t know without NAPLAN

While we may need to rethink how we use NAPLAN, it is an important and useful tool for researchers and policy makers.
The Financial Services Royal Commission has exposed some irresponsible lending by Australia’s biggest banks. Glenn Hunt/AAP

We asked five experts: will the banking royal commission push down property prices?

The financial institutions fronting the Financial Services Royal Commission are also the ones controlling mortgages, so will an expose of their dealings push property prices down?
In the debate about Catholic school funding, it needs to be recognised that not all Catholic schools are the same. Shutterstock

Catholic schools aren’t all the same, and Gonski 2.0 reflects this

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.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, SA Liberal leader Steven Marshall and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon at a leaders’ debate hosted by the ABC. AAP Image/Morgan Sette

FactCheck: does South Australia have the ‘highest energy prices’ in the nation and ‘the least reliable grid’?

SA Liberal Party leader Steven Marshall said that state Labor policy had left South Australians with 'the highest energy prices in Australia' and 'the least reliable grid'. Is that right?

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