Ellis’ analysis a shambles

Opposition Early Childhood spokesperson Kate Ellis has taken another hit to her credibility on child care after she hitched her wagon to analysis of the Turnbull Government’s child care reforms, analysis that itself admits is incomplete and flawed. “New independent research has revealed that Malcolm Turnbull is spending an extra $3 billion on a child…

School compliance with the Education Act

“In May 2015 my department initiated a formal review into six school authorities affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) following ongoing concerns about their independence, financial management and governance arrangements. “As a result of this review, on 13 November 2015, my department issued a Notice of proposed decision to each of the…

College coders honoured in Cyber Security Challenge

Twelve top college coders have “raised the bar” for other young Australians according to the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, as demand for cyber security skills booms. Minister Birmingham said that along with the Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Cyber Security Challenge promoted a greater focus on science, technology, engineering…

Universal access to early education for all Australian children

All states and territories have signed up to the Turnbull Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, unlocking $840 million in federal funding for quality preschool programmes across the country. Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the National Partnership guarantees funding for 600 hours of quality preschool and…

Shorten confirms Labor and the AEU ‘one-and-the-same’

Bill Shorten today confirmed the Australian Education Union is simply a mouthpiece for the Australian Labor Party, claiming apparently ‘independent’ AEU research as his own Shadow Education Minister’s. “So what Kate’s research underlines is that there isn’t enough money being invested in our school kids.” – Bill Shorten, Press Conference, 15/02/2016 ‘Kate’s research’ actually refers…