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…

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Labor’s child care delays hurt families

Labor has confirmed they will continue to block the Jobs for Families child care package by opposing required savings measures, while revealing they will blow out their almost $50 billion budget black hole by promising amendments.   “Any changes, amendments or expansion of the child care reforms need to be paid for,” Minister Birmingham said.…

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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,…

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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,…

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STEM head start for 350,000 pre-schoolers

The Turnbull Government is equipping Australian children with the skills in maths and science for the jobs of tomorrow through a $14 million investment as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.  Today we announced $4 million each for the Little Scientists and Let’s Count training programs to inspire Australia’s next Howard Florey or…

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App preps parents and pupils for back to school

Tips for kids starting primary school, preparing for boarding school, and strategies to thrive in year 12 are just some of the back to school updates for parents on the Coalition’s popular Learning Potential app, as around 3.8 million students start the new school year. Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the…

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One million families to benefit from child care reforms

Almost one million Australian families will benefit as a result of the Turnbull Government’s Jobs for Families package. The Government’s new child care package includes more than $3 billion in additional funding and will support around 1.2 million families in 2017-18 as they balance work and family responsibilities, as well as protect those most vulnerable, and…

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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…

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Record number of students in higher education in 2015

The Coalition Government has overseen the biggest jump in Indigenous higher education enrolments in nearly a decade according to new student data released today that also highlights record overall enrolment numbers and increases in enrolments of regional and low socio-economic students.    Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said despite the Labor Party’s fear…

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