A faster, safer commute for Mount Barker motorists

Today marks the official opening of the Mount Barker freeway interchange – improving access, safety, and travel times for tens of thousands of people in the rapidly developing region of South Australia. Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham said the project was the number one infrastructure priority in the Mt Barker region and will significantly…

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Turnbull Government invests $10 million to get science, technology, engineering and maths into classrooms

As part of National Science Week, the Turnbull Government will provide $10 million for CSIRO to extend the Scientist and Mathematicians in Schools programme. The programme links practising scientists, mathematicians, engineers and IT professionals with classroom teachers and their students.    “The Turnbull Government is focused on inspiring the next generation of young Australians to…

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Keeping pressure on child care prices

The latest data from the early education and care sector shows the Turnbull Government has continued the downward trend in child care price increases.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said new departmental data showed average child care hourly fees grew by 5.2 per cent in the year to September 2015, well-below the…

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NAPLAN results: Plateau not good enough

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham has called on schools, families and education experts to focus on evidence-based measures to lift student achievement in the face of flat results from the 2016 NAPLAN tests. “We need to focus on evidence based measures that will get results for our students because today’s results once again…

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Additional funding for vital research

The Turnbull Government has announced an additional $16 million for 10 critical research projects that will generate meaningful social and economic benefits for all Australians in areas including urban infrastructure, bioscience, telecommunications and health. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the investment from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Agility Fund would…

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New Shadow Minister, same old lies

It seems Labor’s new Shadow Minister for Education Tanya Plibersek needs a lesson in education policy and electoral mathematics after her first major interview since assuming the role.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said Ms Plibersek needs to stop talking down schools and teachers and to end the lies about “cuts” to…

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Labor’s shadow ministry

With the Australian people having rebuffed Labor’s higher taxing, higher spending and higher deficit plans, the test for Labor’s new education team is whether they can instead support evidence based reforms to improve student results, instead of resorting to the same old 'more money equals better outcomes' Labor approach of the past.   We must…

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Enhanced opportunities for future generations through expansion of Tuckwell Scholarship Program

The Turnbull Government welcomes Australia’s largest personal philanthropic contribution to a university to expand the Tuckwell Scholarship Program at the Australian National University (ANU).   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the contribution was made by philanthropists Graham and Louise Tuckwell and was worth about $200 million over 30 years.   Minister Birmingham…

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