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New research suggests that there are a variety of ways to help our children get ready for school and beyond.

A bunch of business bigwigs were in town this week for a host of regular talkfests. That’s not unusual for Canberra, of course, but the headline events were not the main subject of discussion.

It will be some years before the ABC attempts a Killing Season-style job on the current administration but even at this proximity there is an unmistakable sense that we are witnessing an inflection point in the life of Tony Abbott's Government.

National security is an issue that needs bipartisanship and, so far, as the new threat of Islamic extremism spreads its tentacles from the Middle East to Western countries, including Australia, the coalition and Labor have found common ground in the national interest.

When he stood at the Burswood golf course in June 2011 to announce his Government would commit to a new 60,000-seat stadium on the back nine, Colin Barnett said the stadium would cost $700 million and the public transport would cost $300 million.

Tony Abbott doesn’t support gay marriage but he wants indigenous recognition in the Constitution. As it stands now, the Prime Minister will not get his preference on either issue.

Colin Barnett told Nova FM on Tuesday that Budget estimates, which have occupied the Legislative Assembly this week, is his “most boring day of the year”.

In death, there is a tendency to either deify or demonise a person. But Alan Bond, an archetypal larger than life figure, was far too complex to be categorised like that. He was a man who brought great pride to WA with the America’s Cup victory.

Liberal backbencher Craig Laundy, who won the marginal Sydney seat of Reid from Labor in 2013, this week started making videos he’s promoting as “spin-free”.

Bondy. There aren’t many people who are instantly recognisable by one name but it is testament to the extraordinary life that Alan Bond lived that all these years later there is no consensus about whether he was more hero than villain.

Treason is not a word often bandied about in modern Australian politics. Neither is the wisdom of 16th century humanist Thomas More.

Twenty three hours before his resignation from Labor’s frontbench was announced by press release yesterday, Ken Travers was on the phone doing what he typically does — brimming with enthusiasm and pitching a story idea that was heavy on policy detail.

When the Barnett Government released its new metropolitan planning framework for Perth and Peel a month ago, it detailed a range of lofty goals for the future of our city as its population approaches 3.5 million people.

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