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Is there any hope for gambling reform in a new parliament?

Charles Livingstone, Monash University Since then-prime minister Julia Gillard appointed Peter Slipper to the speaker’s chair in 2011, the gambling lobby has appeared triumphant in...

Election 2016: Who’s Medicare’s friend? Examine bulk-billing

The key to examining whether one side or the other wants to destroy Medicare is the baked-in feature that makes it work: bulk-billing. The Coalition...

Is Medicare under threat? Making sense of the privatisation debate

Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute Many Australians will go to the polls on July 2 believing the future of Medicare is at stake. In a sense...

Former NBN boss slams Coalition’s ‘colossal mistake’

FTTP 'was and still is the right answer'. Switching from a full-fibre NBN to the Coalition's multi-technology network has been "a colossal mistake", according to NBN...

Electricity prices, the election agenda and the case for bipartisanship

Mike Sandiford, University of Melbourne In case you had forgotten, electricity prices were a really big deal in the last federal election campaign in 2013,...

Selling the family jewels. Privatisation a clear picture

The following is an excerpt from a report on privatisation commissioned by The Unitarian Church of East Melbourne prepared and written by Henrike Brussaard...

Election FactCheck: have 50,000 full-time jobs been lost this year and...

Alan Duncan, Curtin University and Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University On their watch… 50,000 full-time jobs have been lost this year alone. Over one million Australians...

Election FactCheck Q&A: does the government spend more on negative gearing...

Saul Eslake, University of Tasmania The Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9:35pm. Thank you to everyone who...

Gas projects tipped to come up empty on tax payments

Revenue Academic raises alarm Heath Aston: Political correspondent, SMH The contribution to federal tax revenues from multinational oil and gas companies has slumped and a senior...

Major parties are behind the times – and strangely silent –...

Eva Cox, University of Technology Sydney As we enter the business end of the election campaign, with pre-polling underway, there is a profound lack of...