When Scott Morrison became prime minister in 2018, the Coalition poured an extra $4.6 billion over a decade into Catholic and independent schools. Productivity Commission figures released this week show government funding for non-government schools continues to grow at a faster rate than for public schools. Judging by statements the new federal Education Minister Alan Tudge made to Parliament, that inequality will deepen.
EnergyAustralia, once Number 2 on the annual Top 40 Tax Dodgers chart, is back to paying no tax again despite pandemic profits last year. Tax once every six years. What’s the scam?
What people in other forums are saying about public policy The Budget How to read a budget On Tuesday Treasurer Frydenberg will present the Morrison Government’s budget for 2021-22. Peter Martin has a general guide to the budget in The Conversation: The budget is a...
Astra Zeneca vaccine not effective against new Covid strains as African variant spreads to Indonesia
New studies show the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the workhorse of Australia’s vaccine program, is just 10% effective against the virulent South African Covid strain, which reached Indonesian shores this week. Callum Foote investigates.
The Red Cross actively encouraged people it knew were infected with Hepatitis C to continue to donate blood in defiance of basic principles of blood safety. As set out by World Health Organisation guidelines, a safe blood donor is healthy and has no risk factors for HIV or other infections. Knowingly including infected blood into a therapeutic setting is a basic breach. Elizabeth Minter reports Part II of the infected blood scandal investigation.
In Australia, since the infamous 2001 Tampa ‘crisis’ the decline of the rule of law, often in the context of playing the race card, has been a disturbing feature of the political landscape. And the decision by the Morrison government to announce that it would use a...