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…

New member, directions for Higher Education Standards Panel

A leading science and technology advocate will join the Higher Education Standards Panel, strengthening its capacity to advise on issues relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.  Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham has reappointed the Chair and members of the Higher Education Standards Panel for a further two year period,…

New initiatives in schools to safeguard our youth

Teachers, students and parents will receive more support to recognise the warning signs of radicalisation and provide appropriate support to at-risk youth in their school communities.  The new measures follow the Review of Initiatives Supporting Youth at Risk of Radicalisation commissioned in May 2015 and the Government’s commitment to provide additional support to schools, families,…

Protecting Indigenous culture and heritage for future generations

The Turnbull Government yesterday passed legislation to set up the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) for the future so it can continue to collect, preserve and promote Australia’s Indigenous culture and heritage. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Bill will help AIATSIS better focus on the management,…

Labor short on detail with a three page ‘schools policy’

Labor has today announced a three-page press release “schools policy” that is short on detail and repeats their previous mistakes in education policy yet spends $37 billion that will drive the budget deficit higher. Many of Labor’s so called ‘reforms’ in relation to teacher quality, increased focus on STEM, engaging with parents and providing record supports for students with disabilities are…