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Revealed: the extent of job-swapping between public servants and fossil fuel lobbyists

More than 180 individuals have moved between senior public service roles and the fossil fuel industry in Australia over the past decade - providing a golden escalator for former senior politicians.
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Dear Ms Plibersek

Labor’s shadow education minister faces the problem of working out why school reform has failed, and what a federal education minister could do about it.
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Close up: the government’s facial recognition plan could reveal more than just your identity

The federal government's plans to store our biometric data are currently going through parliament. The data could reveal more than we'd like to those who seek to access the information.
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Vocational education policy is failing, and it's not hard to see why

A failed experiment in market-led education needs to be buried once and for all, writes John Quiggin.
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The Piccoli prescription

The former NSW education minister says Australia has a cultural problem when it comes to schooling.
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Why New Zealand should not explore for more natural gas reserves

Developing new gas resources in New Zealand is a shortsighted strategy that could lead to stranded assets, argues Ralph Sims.
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Child protection report lacks crucial national detail on abuse in out-of-home care

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals grim details about the prevalence of child abuse in Australia. But crucial national data on abuse in out-of-home care remains elusive.
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Caroline Noller on the case for a NABERS-style embodied carbon scheme

Addressing energy use in the built environment is just one aspect of the carbon reduction challenge, according to The Footprint Company chief executive Dr Caroline Noller. Addressing the embodied carbon in building materials is also vital. Dr Noller told The Fifth Estate international data showed...
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The end of the era of mass politics

Can the big political parties regain a sense of legitimacy, or have the conditions that sustained them come to an end?
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Australia today: slow growth, high debt

Australia has become an economy burdened down with debt. The burden may feel light now, with interest rates so low, but as they rise it will become heavier, and slow our capacity to grow.