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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Focus on What Works, Not Just the Funding in Schools

Fresh analysis from a leading education research centre backs the evidence-based approach of the Coalition’s once-in-a-generation plan to lift school student achievement. “…increased expenditure has not produced significantly improved student outcomes (at least not in the areas for which we have good measures). In fact, as this paper has observed, performances often have declined despite…

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Labor Lies on Schools #8

Bill Shorten has started his campaign pitch by once again lying to Australians about education funding in a playground in Leichhardt in Queensland where Labor agreed to rip out $40 million from local schools. “There is no plan for schools except cuts.” – Bill Shorten, Doorstop interview, 9/5/16 “[Malcolm Turnbull] has no plan or the plan…

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Ellis and Bowen at odds over schools funding

After Labor’s funding plan for schools ‘went up in smoke’, their opposition spokespeople have been caught out telling different stories. Kate Ellis, who clearly said yesterday in Question Time that Labor’s School policy would be funded by a rise in Tobacco excise, has been sidelined by the Opposition Treasurer. “Prime Minister: …Let me remind him of the…

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I don’t deserve to govern’: Bill Shorten

With no child care policy anywhere in sight in tonight’s Budget in reply speech, Bill Shorten has failed the test that he set for himself just this morning. “Let’s tell it as it is. No government deserves to govern if they don’t have a plan for childcare…” – Bill Shorten, Speech, 5/5/16 Labor not only stands…

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Research that drives innovation for Australia’s future

Real-world problems in infrastructure, health and cybersecurity will be tackled by Australia’s brightest minds after the Turnbull Government today announced funding for 258 new research projects. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government had committed $163 million to researchers across the country from 31 universities to collaborate with industry and business…

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