When it comes to public education parents don’t want schools that are more ‘independent’, but schools that are close to home, high quality, and open to even the poorest families, writes Lea Campbell.

Rural healthcare services are critically underfunded and the current focus on road infrastructure is putting thousands of lives in danger, Will Twycross writes.

Singer Tex Perkins is the latest celebrity seeking to enter politics. Dr Lauren Rosewarne asks whether a candidate's celebrity status is the best guage of their potential political effectiveness.