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.
Geoff Masters In her address to the National Press Club in September, the Prime Minister set an ambitious goal for the nation.
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.
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...
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.
Paul Sheehan To not care about lifting up the poor schools is to not care about the Australian ethos of egalitarianism.
Lenore Taylor In trying to sidestep the political tripwires in Labor's budget, the Coalition has got itself into a tangle.
Ross Gittins Much smarter ways of improving teaching could deliver big gains for a small cost.
Kenneth Davidson The government's programs merely entrench inequality and disadvantage.
Mark Kenny Hypersensitivity over the GST dates back to Howard and Costello.
Stephanie Peatling Cost of raising children up 50 per cent past five, new modelling shows.
Mark Kenny Politician after politician has squibbed it, making florid gestures but avoiding serious discussion of the goods and services tax.
Tony Wright In the past few decades we have been joined by ever-growing numbers of long-distant wanderers.