Budget status quo will just widen the gaps

May 14, 2009

In its second budget, the Rudd Government’s Closing the Gap became more firmly entrenched as the over-arching policy approach in Indigenous affairs, writes Jon Altman.

Students aren’t talking ’bout a revolution

May 14, 2009 4

The catchcry of an "Education Revolution" may be popular in the Rudd government, but many university students are failing to see any hint of change.

Future of clean energy jobs in Senate’s hands

May 14, 2009 3

It’s time politicians and big polluters stopped arguing or seeking excuses for inaction and got on with the job, writes John Connor.

Rudd persists with first home buyers furphy

May 14, 2009 1

The First Home Owners' Grant is a policy which significantly inflates the cost of property for first home buyers, and mostly benefits wealthy property investors and developers.

Politicians say the darndest things: Budget 09 in sound bites

Politicians say the darndest things: Budget 09 in sound bites

May 14, 2009

Politicians know the power of a snappy sound bite. From "green weeds" to "Groundhog Day", Budget 09 has given politicians the chance to introduce their latest catch phrases.

Education reform taking too long

May 13, 2009

The government's recently announced higher education initiatives are more of a reflection of the GFC than a real promise to provide a sustainable and effective higher education system, writes Andrew Trounson.

The Federal Budget — what does it mean to…

The Federal Budget — what does it mean to…

May 13, 2009 3

...Jesus, Steve Fielding and more.

Health budget: clever, but way off

May 13, 2009

The health budget measures are a clever response to a difficult situation, writes Robert Wells.

Sage boost for home owners

May 13, 2009

While one can debate the intellectual merits of the policies, Rudd has been decisive and masterful at managing the vagaries of human psychology, writes Christopher Joye.

Whatever happened to the Education Revolution?

May 13, 2009 1

The bottom line is that funding per student in higher education remains lower than before the mid-1990s, and considerably lower than in most OECD countries, writes Erica Cervini.