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Political achievements and challenges

Dominic O'Sullivan's picture

Last year, the Abbott Government struggled with the transition from campaigning on shallow slogans to convincing the electorate of the good of its policy agenda. Dominic O’Sullivan sets the political scene for the 20 months that remain until the 2016 election.

Education is our human right!

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On the same day that a university graduation ceremony took place in Australia, far away in Pakistan a school was stormed and 142 people executed. Polly Chester says education is a human right that we shouldn’t take for granted.

Why all education matters to us

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Federal ministers, policy makers, CEOs and academics recently gathered to discuss the current state and future of Australian education. James Guthrie summarises what happened at this year’s GAP summit.

Everyone can benefit from paid parental leave changes

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has decided to redirect funds from his controversial paid parental leave scheme into early childhood education. Samantha Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia, welcomes the policy change.

It’s the people’s turn to judge NDIS trials

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The 3rd December is International Day of People with Disability. Craig Wallace explains how an ambitious grassroots examination puts the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) back in touch with those paying the premium and ordinary people with disabilities.

What the G20 didn’t mention!

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The G20 in Brisbane ended on Sunday with ‘Global Value Chains’ (GVCs) hailed as the silver bullet. Barney Foran has some words of caution for Team Australia.

New ideas to solve homelessness

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The State Government recently faced opposition in New South Wales to its proposed homelessness reform. Teresa Kiernan says we need innovative thinking to tackle this pressing issue.

Creating a good society, a better society or a more civil society?

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Do we have a healthy balance between the state, the market and the community? Sociologist and activist Eva Cox says we need to work on how to restore government and community power to avoid dire consequences for our society.

Government gets B for effort on reforms, but will have to lift its game

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The Abbott government recently held its Spring Repeal Day where legislation and regulation deemed unnecessary and costly is being cut. Cassandra Wilkinson says despite these efforts large deregulation opportunities remain.

Direct Action Policy and the Renewable Energy Target

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The Direct Action climate plan has passed the senate with help from Palmer United Party. Professor Kevin Parton urges the federal government to retain Australia's current Renewable Energy Target (RET) in the light of this latest development.