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Keep up-to-date election campaign in each state. Shutterstock

Federal election 2019: state of the states

Keep up-to-date with how the federal election is playing out locally. Our State of the States series takes stock of the key issues, seats and policies affecting the vote in each of Australia's states.
Australia is making significant strides in early childhood education, but we need more commitment if we’re to meet the evidence. from shutterstock.com

Both major parties are finally talking about the importance of preschool – here’s why it matters

Investing in early childhood education and care can save more money in the long run – in areas including health care – than dealing with these issues later in life.
Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield during a press conference in Canberra in June 2018. Over the last six years of Coalition government, there has been a lack of strong policy initiatives and a neglect of smaller arts organisations. Lukas Coch/AAP

Arts and culture under the Coalition: a lurch between aggression and apathy

The Coalition government's approach to arts and culture policy has been one of ad hocism and neglect. Perhaps most serious has been the damage done to the Australia Council and the ABC.
The marriage equality debate raised questions of religious freedom that have yet to be resolved. Danny Casey (AAP)/Shutterstock

The Coalition’s record on social policy: big on promises, short on follow-through

The government is spruiking its commitment to religious freedom and freedom of speech, as well as its successes on tackling inequality. Its record, however, leaves much to be desired.
Forget the low hanging fruit, for the Coalition tax reform might have well been forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. Lukas Coch/AAP/Shutterstock

What will the Coalition be remembered for on tax? Tinkering, blunders and lost opportunities

Six years of Coalition government has had little impact on the tax system. It's not clear whether a Labor government would be any different.
Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending an ovarian cancer event at Parliament House in February. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politicians need to listen up before they speak up – and listen in the right places

Knowledge is important to produce informed policy, but an understanding of people is also vital in a democracy. And that requires listening – to all sectors of society, not only elites and lobbyists.
Three words, so much mileage: Tony Abbott’s anti-carbon tax refrain has been a fixture on the policy landscape for years. AAP Image/Julian Smith

In Australia, climate policy battles are endlessly reheated

We've been here before. In fact we've been going round in circles on climate policy for decades, while the temperature (of the debate, as well as the planet) climbs ever higher.
Shorten said the government was buying time “to pump up their own tyres” with advertising. Ellen Smith/Joel Carrett/AAP

Coalition narrows gap to trail 48-52% in post-budget Newspoll

As Morrison readies to call the election, with speculation he will announce next weekend for May 18, he has also increased his lead over Shorten as better prime minister in Newspoll.

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