Victoria and NSW have demonstrated that a severe and relatively short shutdown is still possible.
Although unpleasant, stopping almost everything for eight to twelve weeks might be the best way to bounce back qucikly.
Closing schools and childcare might take 30% of Australia’s health care workers offline. Here’s a way to keep them working.
The government’s retirement incomes review should concentrate on boosting rent assistance and Newstart and fixing the pension assets test. These would achieve more than boosting super.
In all the strategies and tactics of the climate wars, the most disturbing development is that the carbon pricing became roadkill.
The University of Sydney took in about A$750 million from international students in 2017. Two-thirds of that – about $500 million – came from international students from China.
New private health insurance data show young people are continuing to drop their cover. But the industry’s argument a youth exodus will put pressure on public hospitals isn’t necessarily right.
Our model on an expert career path for top teachers would transform school education, further professionalise learning and lead to students gaining about 18 months of extra learning by age 15.
The release of political donations data reveals the impact of wealthy individuals in the 2019 federal election campaign, as well as the importance of a sizeable war chest to claim power.
An examination of 80,000 enterprise bargaining agreements finds that on average 80% of each increase in compulsory super has been at the expense of wages.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg backed away from the surplus commitment at a press conference on Tuesday.
Changes to the government’s targets in its budget update give it room to spend more.
The bushfire crisis is big enough to change the government’s emissions policy, but it swill need more.
An old political maxim is to ‘never waste a crisis’, but sometimes a crisis isn’t enough.
On one hand, we’re still able to forecast a surplus. On the other, conditions are deteriorating. Treasurer Frydenberg and Finance Minister Cormann deliver the news.
MYEFO contains a long-overdue admission: that low wage growth is the new normal. It’ll take extraordinary spending restraint to make the surplus forecasts stick.
Estonia spends less per student than Australia, but its average wages are lower too.
Australia spends virtually the same on schools as the Estonian government, once wage differences are taken into account.
Hong Kong and Korea performed at the same level as Australia in reading in 2000, but outperformed Australia in 2018.
High performing systems focus on the same things Australian governments do, but they work much more intensively on making these things happen.
As more young people drop their private health cover, premiums go up for everyone.
Young people don’t see the value in private health insurance and are dropping their cover in droves. Allowing under 55s to pay lower premiums, based on their lower risk, could keep them in the system.
After an operation, patients might receive half a dozen bills from different health providers involved in their care.
Specialists can charge patients what they want, and some doctors charge exorbitant amounts. A handful of services account for almost 90% of all medical gaps.
Are we failing to challenge the reading
skills in advantaged students?
Years 5-7 typically include the transition from primary to secondary but the reading slowdown can’t just be blamed on this, because numeracy progress has improved. So what’s going on with reading?
Having treatment at home is more convenient for patients.
Patients often want the option to be treated at home rather than being admitted to hospital. But it’s much less likely to happen if you’re a private patient.
Unless we know who who Newstart recipients are, we are likely to make wrong decisions about how much to pay them and whether to drug test them.
A typical Newstart recipient is middle-aged, female, and more likely than most to live outside of a major city.