Jewel Topsfield It seems the Prime Minister is on her own when it comes to an education ''crusade''.
Amanda Vanstone My husband is one of those crazy guys who really, really likes cars. On holidays overseas he experiences genuine pleasure seeing hordes of flash cars that we might see only rarely in Australia.
Gay Alcorn It is said that health reform was not something Barack Obama wanted to achieve as President of the United States; it was the reason he was President of the United States.
Geoff Masters In her address to the National Press Club in September, the Prime Minister set an ambitious goal for the nation.
Brian Caldwell The state government has released a position paper that adds substance to its commitment to lift the performance of Victoria's students.
Anthony Welch Are we really focusing on the right goal, Prime Minister? Yes, of course we want our children to perform well in education and fulfil their potential.
Nicholas Gruen There's plenty wrong with gross domestic product as a measure of national wellbeing. As Bobby Kennedy said, it measures everything in life except what's most important.
The Loaded Dog
With education expenditure a hot topic, the Loaded Dog asked whether Australia spends too much on private school funding at the expense of the public system.
Shaun Carney Politicians should resist middle class expectations about their entitlement to a highly subsidised private education.
Kenneth Davidson It has been truly said: every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost. The Gonski report on school funding concluded that restoring equity across the three systems (public, Catholic and...
Lenore Taylor In trying to sidestep the political tripwires in Labor's budget, the Coalition has got itself into a tangle.
Paul Sheehan To not care about lifting up the poor schools is to not care about the Australian ethos of egalitarianism.
Gerard Henderson These days, it's all the fashion to condemn middle class welfare - except when such largesse is enjoyed by relatively well-off parents who educate their children in a government school.
Ross Gittins Much smarter ways of improving teaching could deliver big gains for a small cost.
Stephanie Peatling Kevin Rudd has joined the ranks of politicians who have changed their mind on same sex marriage.
Kenneth Davidson The government's programs merely entrench inequality and disadvantage.
Rodney Croome The importance of Kevin Rudd's change of heart on marriage equality can't be overestimated.
Chris Berg They say every political career ends in failure. But some more than others. All the evidence suggests Wayne Swan's sixth budget, released last Tuesday, will be his last.
Chris Johnson There are plenty of people in the current Parliament who, when they deliver an address, look more prime ministerial than Tony Abbott: the actual Prime Minister, for one.