Politics podcast: Gladys Berejiklian on the need to reform federal-state partnerships.
With her government having just handed down a budget with an enviable surplus, Gladys Berejiklian says the Gonski legislation will leave NSW better off 'in terms of dollars'.
Politics podcast: Alan Finkel on the future of Australia’s energy market.
Alan Finkel acknowledges there's a hard road ahead for policymaking on energy.
While Malcolm Turnbull celebrates the parliament passing the school funding package, the government is still trying to deal with an energy crisis.
On energy security, there is a distinctly ‘big government’ approach by Malcolm Turnbull.
As it attempts to limit vulnerabilities and confront pressing issues, the government is sending some confusing signals to the electorate.
Labor has been steadfast in its opposition to the government’s school funding plan.
Malcolm Turnbull is on the brink of a major policy victory after the government mustered ten of the 12 non-Green crossbenchers behind its Gonski 2.0 policy. The outcome of a week of intense negotiation…
The World Bank meets 2017 with a new face and that face is – for better or worse – worn by Jim Yong Kim.
Donald Trump’s poor popularity has affected the level of trust Australians have in the US, but not their level of faith in the alliance.
Only 20% trust the US 'a great deal' to act responsibly. This is a big fall from the 40% level in 2011, when the question was last asked.
The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break.
Simon Birmingham met Catholic education representatives on Monday night, receiving such a haranguing that at times it was difficult for him to get a word in.
Peter Dutton says changes to citizenship legislation are a modernisation that would bring Australia in line with other countries.
The government has finally found an issue it can cast in terms of “national security” on which it can get a fight with Labor. Bill Shorten usually sticks leech-like to bipartisanship on anything with even…
The government is counting on a deal with the Greens or the support of most of the other Senate crossbenchers to pass its schools funding package.
Critics are expected to speak out in the partyroom on Tuesday, demanding more information about the effects of the schools package on the Catholic sector.
Bob Dylan in 1991.
Bob Dylan said songs are meant to be sung not read, and he has a point. Songs and poems obey different rules.
Sarah Hanson-Young has come up against the pressure of the Australian Education Union.
Some Liberals love to deride Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young. In the past, the government’s immigration minister and attack dog, Peter Dutton, was particularly insulting when she was spokeswoman in his…
Malcolm Turnbull’s Midwinter Ball speech parodying Donald Trump has received international attention.
But the debate about ethics is less important at the moment than the consideration of possible consequences of Turnbull's speech.
Coalition backbenchers have expressed several doubts over the Finkel scheme, most notably on affordability and whether it will include coal.
Turnbull takes heart from the widespread acceptance that things can’t stay as they are.
To implement an alternative that still effectively puts a price on emissions might – apart from its policy advantages – be seen by Malcolm Turnbull as righting the old wrong done to him by his party.
Politics podcast: Josh Frydenberg, George Christensen and Mark Butler on the Finkel review.
It's clear that reaching an outcome on energy policy which brings the certainty business needs to invest will be a hard slog for Malcolm Turnbull.
The Murri School is one of the few Indigenous owned and controlled schools in Australia.
Screenshot from YouTube video.
For the past 30 years, this Indigenous owned and controlled school has been quietly achieving results. Here's what the school board president says is behind their success.
Josh Frydenberg’s task of garnering broad support for the Finkel scheme is proving to be more difficult than expected.
The degree of pushback against a clean energy target was stronger than had been anticipated, given the intense lobbying of the backbench Josh Frydenberg had done ahead of the meeting.
English language tests will be used to decide Australian citizenship.
The English language test is an unfair barrier to anyone for whom English is not their mother tongue.
Seeking out a good education can sometimes take you away from what’s familiar.
If the government is to continue to spend millions toward sending Indigenous children away to boarding school, we need research into how effective this model is, and its impact on communities.