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Schooling Christopher Pyne

Crikey readers talk Christopher Pyne, and one remembers a limerick that’s good on paper.

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Media briefs: LA paper … killer correction … Pyne’s rate of nots …

Amid all the doom and gloom of the newspaper industry (and there is plenty about), there is something of a Christmas miracle in Los Angeles: a new newspaper has been launched. Plus other media snippets.

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Pollies’ school daze: a beat-up?

Crikey readers have a lot to say about our list of where ministers went to school. Was it a beat-up or a useful exercise?

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A dysfunctional start, with no way for Abbott to define himself

The Coalition had a clear idea of what it wanted to be — in power — but absolutely no idea what it wanted to do when it got there. The dysfunctional, muddled, sophomoric mess that is this government is the result.

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Essential: Gonski bungle costs Abbott big in voter approval

Tony Abbott has a negative approval rating for the first time since becoming Prime Minister, and it has a lot to do with his education misstep.

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Caro’s Flotsam & Jetsam: Gonski … income equality … spy tales …

The LOLs and reality of education … Remember income concentration? … Feminism, flappers and Clive Palmer … Spy tales: the best reading …

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High-speed rail v high-speed river

Crikey readers talk high-speed rail and the importance of volunteering — plus a reader has a poem for Chrstopher Pyne

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Pyne blows himself, and the Gonski reforms, to pieces

Christopher Pyne has destroyed the Gonski school funding reforms and badly damaged the government with his bungling. So what drove this balls-up?

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Con-ski: Coalition lied on education reform

The awful policy and politics of Christopher Pyne’s Gonski reversal demonstrate the Coalition’s inept approach to education.

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Confused by Coalition on Gonski? Let Tony and Chris explain …

Don’t blame yourself for being confused by the Coalition’s education policy — it’s been a strange journey. Crikey lets Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne explain it for themselves …

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Abbott’s unconditional surrender on Gonski education reforms

With a lineball election, Tony Abbott has moved to neutralise a key issue that was hurting the Coalition. All that rhetoric attacking the Gonski education reforms was for nothing.

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Labor may be Gonski, but marks for trying on education

Labor has tried to do the right thing by schools. But the Gonski reforms are far from a done deal — and this presents both problems and opportunities for educators.

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PromiseWatch 2013: what have the parties pledged on education?

As part of our Promise Watch series, Crikey and the Centre for Policy Development examine pledges from the two major parties on education. Andrew Crook and the CPD’s Julia Hosking report.

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Higher education cuts: robbing Peter to pay Paul

Pay closer attention to the cuts to higher education, say student writers Osman Faruqi and Gareth Bryant. It’s the poorest students who will feel this hit the most.

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Tony Abbott’s ‘reverse Midas touch’ on Coalition policy

The less Tony Abbott has to do with Coalition policy, the better. It doesn’t augur well for a Coalition government after September 14.

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Crikey Calling: the earning and learning podcast

Has the Business Council of Australia got a vision for Australia? Has anyone? Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane takes Crikey editor Jason Whittaker through the business agenda. Plus should we really give a Gonski?

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Gonski? What Gonski? Slaying a mythical giant

The Gonski education reforms are not what you might think they are — certainly not what Julia Gillard has adopted. Now the government has raised unrealistic hopes of real reform.

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‘Class warfare’ as govt tries to pay for Gonski

The government has mixed its messages on education funding, but ultimately the real benefits of Gonski may not lie in the extra money, which is just a means to an end.

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With tighter budgets, universities must change course

The federal government’s university cuts will hit staff and students hard. And the lobbying effort will need to change course, writes Grattan Institute higher education program director Andrew Norton.

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The real education revolution Labor needs

Money alone won’t solve the crisis in Australian education, the former Labor leader argues in the current Quarterly Essay. Only system-wide institutional change will arrest declining standards.

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Why Christopher Pyne should go back to school

Australia’s secondary educational funding model is broken. To claim otherwise, as Christopher Pyne did today, will perpetuate both inequality and poor educational outcomes.

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Gonski’s education revolution demolished in a weekend

Within a single weekend a long debate over education reform took a dramatic and probably doomed turn. States have revolted on David Gonski’s plan, bouyed a likely Coalition government in Canberra.

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Most important legislation this year has nothing in it

The Australian Education Act — enshrining reforms from David Gonski’s review — goes before Parliament today. But it won’t address the really big questions around education.

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The start (and finish) of an education revolution

Julia Gillard’s stirring speech both ramped up Gonski and trimmed it down. Labor has at last arrived at the point where an “education revolution” might start.

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Political games hide hard facts of Gonski education reform

David Gonski must feel like the only grown-up in the room. His report goes closest to painting a picture of what the education system should look like, but politicians just want to squabble.

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