State governments will be eligible for massive incentives to sell-off their assets, under a new scheme announced by Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey this week.

At the end of a tumultuous week for Australia’s education system it is clear that the ‘Gonski’ funding model is gone, but unclear as to what will replace it.

Tasmania has recorded a period of negative growth, with the latest figures showing the ailing state may be in a recession.

One of the least populated parts of the country is set for an explosion in numbers, with statistics predicting the Northern Territory’s population will skyrocket in coming years.

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) has placed itself in voluntary administration, after its funding was removed in a Federal Government attempt to save $1.5 million.

A member of the New South Wales Legislative Council says a loophole exists allowing unlimited amounts of money to be donated to candidates in local government elections, asking the Government to close “the backdoor”.

A Victorian MP says if he is successful in an upcoming election, he will put the performance of the state’s local governments under close scrutiny.

The verdict is down to state governments to decide whether more GST should be collected from online purchases, and minds should be made up by March.

The South Australian Regional Organisation of Councils (SAROC) is putting the final touches on its official election materials, aimed at ensuring regional areas are not neglected by candidates in the upcoming state election.

A new project has been launched to find out exactly how the values of people in rural areas are affected by land use conflicts caused by CSG drilling, wind farms, irrigation and agriculture.

A group which has used a deceitful name to push an anti-scientific public health agenda will change its title.

With partial approval recently given to Queensland’s Abbot Point coal port terminal expansions, GVK Hancock and Aurizon have announced a plan to start building the rail infrastructure that will move millions of tonnes from the Galilee Basin to coastal ports.

The Education Minister has announced a boost aimed to increase the number of postgraduate nurses, part of a $62 million investment pushing more people into degrees.

Legislation has been put before the House of Representatives which is intended to make it easier for business to work within the paid parental leave scheme.

Laws in Tasmania to protect women’s privacy have upset the Australian Christian Lobby.

An enterprise bargaining stand-off at the University of Adelaide may hold up results for students, after little progress has been made from months of talks.

The New South Wales Government now has the ability to revoke certain mining licences, after plumping up its powers to cancel corrupt approvals.

The Western Australian Opposition says recent Government figures are evidence that it plans to cut over $100 million from the state’s education budget this year.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service says it will be difficult to “stop the boats” when it has to cut 600 staff members in coming years.

Councils are considering a native title claim which would see stewardship transferred for a large portion of Australia’s east coast.

A study commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association says local councils around the country are underfunding the maintenance of their roads.

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