LABOR’S CHILD CARE PLAN FAILS THE FAIRNESS TEST

Labor’s failure to adopt the Coalition’s means test would deliver an annual windfall of up to $176 million to families earning over $250,000 at the expense of low to middle income working families. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said that splashing up to $176 million a year on higher income earners doesn’t pass…

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More pathways for Indigenous students

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the country will have more access to the support and information they need to make decisions about life after school through two new initiatives worth $1.7 million launched today and supported by the Turnbull Government.  Minister Birmingham said the…

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HEATHERBRAE SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH AEROSPACE INDUSTRY FOR JOBS OF THE FUTURE

A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will launch a pilot programme that will see Hunter River High in Heatherbrae partner with local aerospace businesses to improve employment outcomes and deliver stronger results in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) performance. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said that Hunter River High would be one of…

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DOBELL SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES COLLABORATE FOR JOBS OF THE FUTURE

A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will launch a pilot programme that will see Wyong High School partner with local businesses, including Mars Food Australia and Sanitarium, to improve employment outcomes for local students and deliver stronger results in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) performance. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham joined Member for…

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Same old Labor on child care: History to repeat itself

Labor’s stop-gap approach to child care is history repeating itself – faster fee increases for families, stop gap policy and $3 billion more on Bill Shorten’s unfunded spend-o-meter.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said just like the last time Labor tinkered with child care policy, today’s announcement puts no downward pressure on…

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AUSTRALIA SITS DOWN TO ENCOURAGE A LOVE OF READING

Child care centres and schools across Australia will take time out from their busy schedules this morning with around half a million two to six-year olds set to enjoy the largest National Simultaneous Storytime ever. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the national event run by the Australian Library and Information Association would…

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6000 MORE INDIGENOUS STUDENTS SUPPORTED TO STAY IN SCHOOL

More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will receive support to complete school and transition to further education and training as a result of the Coalition’s $5.75 million investment in the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion and Minister for Education and…

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Aidan Byrne’s Resignation

I congratulate Professor Aidan Byrne on his new role as Provost at The University of Queensland.  While it is disappointing that the Australian Research Council (ARC) is losing a thoughtful and insightful leader, I appreciate that Professor Byrne’s new position is a fantastic opportunity for him and wish him every success.  Professor Byrne has led…

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