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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.

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.

The Piccoli prescription

The former NSW education minister says Australia has a cultural problem when it comes to schooling.
Book review

The scurvy route to better government

Mike Steketee reviews Andrew Leigh's new book, 'Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World.'

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?

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.

The conventional wisdom is wrong: building more housing does help low-income earners

Flawed research has fuelled a mistaken view of the best way to assist less well-off households, write Brendan Coates and Trent Wiltshire.

Government by algorithm

Automated welfare didn’t end with the robo-debt controversy. Here and overseas, governments are turning vital decisions over to computers.

Dirty deeds, done for considerable amounts of money

The week’s two big political campaigning scandals — Cambridge Analytica’s data-harvesting and Labor’s funding scam in Victoria — highlight the temptations facing parties desperate to win government. For Labor, an Ombudsman’s report on the affair places valuable information in the hands of the Victorian Opposition.

Small world

Peter Brent asks would a stronger prime minister pull Peter Dutton into line?