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.
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.
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.
State and local governments should change planning rules to allow more medium-density housing.
Zoning restrictions added A$489,000 to the price of a detached house in Sydney, A$324,000 in Melbourne, A$159,000 in Brisbane, and A$206,000 in Perth.
In the past, house building matched high immigration. Construction has increased, particularly in Sydney, but needs to make up the backlog of a decade of undersupply.
Australian governments are faced with a choice: make the difficult decisions to fix planning systems so more houses can be built, or tap the brakes on Australia's migrant intake.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian touring the WestConnex tunnel in Sydney.
Despite a huge fall in interest rates, the federal government has been using the same rate to value prospective infrastructure projects since 1989.
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.
The average year nine Indigenous student in a very remote area scores about the same in NAPLAN reading as the average year three non-Indigenous city student, and significantly lower in writing.
Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.
The rate of complications varies markedly between hospitals.
One in four patients who stays overnight in hospital endures a complication.
More knowledge about your genetic makeup enables you to make better-informed choices – but at what cost?
It's exciting to think we're on the brink of a genomic revolution in health care. But just because new technology becomes available, it doesn't mean it should automatically be publicly funded.
Around 3,000 more Australian patients have a complication in their hospital care in January than in other months.
New medical staff start in January and may not be as skilled or adept as their predecessors, meaning more things go wrong.
The storm clouds have been gathering over energy policy for a decade or more.
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The Long Read: Most Australians' power bills have been rising for a decade. There are many reasons why, but the common thread is a lack of government willingness to get to grips with crucial policy problems.
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The government's handshake deal with gas suppliers may have stopped the market plunging off a cliff, but it's not doing much more.
Patients fear the penalties will end up reducing patient care.
The reality of how the so-called penalties will work won’t match the rhetoric.
Some sectors, like supermarkets, are not natural monopolies, but have significant economies of scale.
The latest report from the Grattan Institute, finds that claims about Australia being dominated by oligopolies are overblown.
Unless governments tackle the housing affordability crisis, the poorest Australians will fall further behind.
Rising housing costs are hurting low-income Australians the most. The gap in home ownership between rich and poor is widening, house prices are rising fastest at the bottom and rental stress is rising.
Reforming how drivers pay for the costs of their road use can help keep traffic flowing, which is just one of the potential benefits.
Traffic congestion is the main cost that cars create when they use existing roads. Road use charges are a more efficient and fairer way to cover the cost and help ensure traffic flows.