The storm over school funding continues, and at its centre, how best to decide who pays.
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.
Australia's transition to low-emissions energy will rely on what we have now (lots of coal) and what we'll build in the future (lots of renewables), according to a new report.
States compare wait times differently so it’s hard to judge the scale of the problem.
Reports often talk about surgery wait times, but the time to actually see the specialist for the first time is the hidden waitlist.
The takeup of rooftop solar was much more rapid and widespread than many policymakers predicted.
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Australia's consumer watchdog has concluded that rooftop solar incentives have distorted the market unfairly for those who cannot afford solar panels, and has recommended the scheme ends ten years early.
Federal and state governments have put their hands up to fund airport rail links before we have even seen business cases.
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.
Australia’s energy prices have doubled since 2015.
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A Grattan Institute report has found renewable energy investment could offer a path to lower rates, but they won't drop below 2015 prices.
We may need to rethink how NAPLAN is used, but overall it’s an important tool for researchers and policy makers.
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.
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?
No money for new coal - and no change to the current situation for renewables, despite the treasurer’s claims.
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Scott Morrison's budget speech held no surprises on energy, after months of debate over the National Energy Guarantee. The real news comes in July with the release of a crucial ACCC report on power prices.
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Education policy experts run through the major changes for education in Budget 2018 for schools, VET and higher education.
The government should remove age based tax breaks to boost budget revenue.
Here are five ways the Treasurer could boost revenue to make the numbers work.
In a pre-election budget, we can expect infrastructure politics to triumph over policy, yet again.
Australia does need infrastructure to spur growth and support jobs - that idea comes with a big "but".
Is the long journey towards a bipartisan emissions policy nearing its end?
State energy ministers meet this week to discuss the National Energy Guarantee. While the policy has been criticised as too modest, it would put us light years ahead of the previous climate policy paralysis.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said South Australia's high electricity prices were "the consequence" of Jay Weatherill's renewable energy policies. Is that right?
Politician’s energy priorities do not necessarily align with those of ordinary Australians.
A new report has found that Tasmanians, Queenslanders and New South Welshmen are paying $100-$400 a year for unnecessary infrastructure.
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.
New SA Premier Steven Marshall looks set to scrap the state’s renewable energy target.
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The end of Jay Weatherill's government has removed a significant obstacle to progress on the federal National Energy Guarantee – even though we don't yet know what the full policy will look like.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, SA Liberal leader Steven Marshall and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon at a leaders’ debate hosted by the ABC.
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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?
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen says the cost of cash refunds has exploded.
Scrapping cash refunds on dividends could make the tax system fairer. But super funds could invest less in Australian companies.
Minor parties led by high-profile candidates such as Nick Xenophon are particularly appealing away from the big cities.
The minor party vote in Australia is historically high and growing, as trust in the bigger parties slides away.