Australia punches well above its weight in terms of research outcomes, a habit highlighted by the release of the Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013 report.

The Federal Government has unveiled a $28 million scheme to provide 400 truancy officers to schools across remote parts of Australia.

The Federal Government has released a report on the financial situation of the country’s universities.

Over a million Australian students, young jobseekers, carers and young people with a disability will see a small increase to their Centrelink payments from next year.

Discussions are planned which may yield a deal for the future of the town of Nhulunbuy, which will have its economy decimated when a nearby Rio Tinto refinery is closed.

Schemes encouraging regional social cohesion and providing indigenous legal aid have been cut to save funds, as the Federal Government grapples with a worsening budgetary situation.

East Timor will take allegations of Australian spying to the International Court of Justice, accusing espionage around the negotiations for a lucrative oil and gas treaty in 2004.

About forty young graduates had their public service careers ended before they could begin, but now may get another start.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has accused NBN Co. of little more than “brazen guesswork” in its estimates of key financial data for the re-booted network.

There has been some executive musical chairs among prominent government-linked advisors this week.

The Federal Government has bumped forward a program in response to the high unemployment rate in Tasmania.

The redundancy payments for planned public sector job cuts will hit $1 billion before 2017, and could be higher if the federal axe swings deeper, reports say.

New Zealand’s kiwi bird may join a list which includes pavlova, Weetbix, Crowded House and Russell Crowe – all things Australia liked so much it pinched them from its neighbour.

The Federal Government has announced just under $1 billion in funds for road projects it says were left in planning purgatory by Labor.

All but one of the medical professionals advising on the health and well-being of asylum seekers have been sacked, following a purge that could leave thousands at risk.

Global shifts are underway which could lead foreign investors to pull up stumps from Australia, stranding a number of projects and leading to the possibility of “mothballed or abandoned” local coal mines.

Figures out this week show that the average Australian woman would have to work 25 years longer to retire on the same amount as a man.

Australia may get to vote on which measures, if any, should be applied to stem the flow of money pouring into poker-machines around the country.

Millions of dollars have been provided to allow more Indigenous and disadvantaged Australians to attend university.

Regional Development Australia says the Federal Government is neglecting one of its most vulnerable communities by ignoring the closure of a Northern Territory refinery, and the likely ruination of nearby residents.

There has long been a perception that the public sector enjoys a bit of regulation, but a recent speech from Dr Ian Watt says the opposite is now the way.

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