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Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull government has ‘already had great success in terms of reducing the rate of price growth’. AAP/Alex Murray

FactCheck: what are the facts on rising child care prices?

The education minister says that under Labor there were child care price spikes of up to 14% over a 12 month period, but under the Coalition those have fallen to “around 6% on average”. Is that right?
More than 50 arts training programs across the nation, including circus, may no longer be supported by the federal government. Julian Smith/AAP

Arts training is an essential part of an innovative nation

The past two years have not been happy ones for the arts sector in Australia. It all began in early 2014 with federal Ministers Brandis and Turnbull telling artists at the Sydney Biennale that they were…
Simon Birmingham said all private education institutions would have to apply to be eligible for the new program. Lukas Coch/AAP

New VET loan scheme to exclude shonky providers

A crackdown on the widely rorted vocational education and training student loan program aims to reduce outstanding HELP debt.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is calling for a new education funding model to replace Gonski. Lukas Coch/AAP

Gonski model was corrupted, but Labor and Coalition are both to blame

Instead of a needs-based model, we ended up with an inconsistent patchwork of approaches across Australian states and territories that protected the vested interests of non-government schools.
Bill Shorten visits a childcare centre in Glen Waverley to announce Labor’s new childcare policy. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Labor would boost childcare rebate cap to $10,000

Labor has pitched a A$3 billion childcare policy to families, promising to lift the annual cap on the childcare rebate from $7500 to $10,000.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has been consulting extensively on a university policy, but has not yet announced one. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government’s plans for it, Universities Australia is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum.

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