Topic archives: Education

The female workforce revolution is finally arriving

January 22, 2018 8

Unusually, the Turnbull government has presided over policies that have driven strong growth in female employment. We should get used to it.

Who’s really to thank for our jobs boom?

January 16, 2018 12

The strong jobs growth under Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison is due to the government's health and education spending, and low interest rates, not a buoyant private sector.

Business Council tactics come straight from Republican playbook

January 15, 2018 16

The Business Council is taking its cue from Republicans in wanting unfunded company tax cuts to be paid for by ordinary Australians through health and education cuts.

What the American net neutrality decision means for Australia

and December 15, 2017 8

Ajit Pai's destruction of net neutrality has ramifications beyond the American economy into the realm of human rights.

Will marriage equality lead to defunded private schools?

December 7, 2017 16

With marriage equality set to pass the house of representatives today, what, if anything, will change about religious schooling?

Five key areas show we need to put social cohesion before economic growth

November 13, 2017 3

The breakup of social solidarity is evident in key policy areas.

When banks stopped educating and started manipulating Australian kids

October 13, 2017 11

CBA teaching schoolyards about credit could be leading generations of Australians to financial illiteracy writes Douglas Ross.

Rundle: Hanson’s autistic kids comments reveal a truth no one wants to talk about

June 23, 2017 56

That some teachers have to devote most of their attention to children with serious behaviour management issues is hardly news to anyone with a child in school, but there’s a curious veil of silence drawn across it.

Hanson’s lock ’em up disability strategy two decades old

June 22, 2017 20

Pauline Hanson has long regarded Australians with disabilities as a problem for the rest of us, an old document shows.

The government gives, and gives, and gives, to get a Gonski

June 22, 2017 15

The purists and rent-seekers won't like it but the Turnbull government has produced a decent economic reform with its Gonski victory in the Senate.

LEAKED: memo from the PM on securing One Nation support for Gonski 2.0

June 22, 2017 3

Under a deal made with Hanson's One Nation, the revised Gonski legislation will ban boys from attending school between the ages of four and 18, at Malcolm Roberts' request.

The ex-MPs sent out to spruik for the Catholic schools

June 21, 2017 8

Catholic schools, like all industry stakeholders, know that sometimes the best way to get a message across to politicians is to use former politicians.

Turnbull searches for someone to surrender to on Gonski

June 20, 2017 15

The government needs to wrap up its Gonski package this week or face a difficult winter as internal recriminations build.

Australia is a high-tax country with a spending problem? Not so fast …

Australia is a high-tax country with a spending problem? Not so fast …

June 14, 2017 2

Memo to the Coalition: Australians want the government to spend more, not less, on social services, writes research economist Warwick Smith.

Asian language study should be mandatory if Australia wants to flourish

June 7, 2017 1

If Australia wants to achieve strong second language proficiency, it should consider adopting a mandatory approach, says freelance writer Nick Rodway.

Labor rejects surrender, fights on for Gonski

May 26, 2017 9

Labor is being deeply cynical in its ongoing attacks on the government over school funding. But it's unlikely to lose it any votes.

Catholic educators’ bitterness over Gonski 2.0 is rich indeed

May 5, 2017 13

The complaints from Catholic schools that their big rise in Gonski 2.0 funding isn't as much as government schools is simply rentseeking, and nothing to do with the great debates of the past.

International students need greater protection from being underpaid

April 11, 2017 6

International students appear regularly in stories about underpayment of workers. They're vulnerable and often unaware of their rights, and we don't even know how much they're being exploited.

LEAKED: instructions for teachers to use coal in the classroom

February 10, 2017 6

A new educational program aims to get children looking at coal with as much love as Scott Morrison does. As discovered by satirist Ben Pobjie.

How to improve indigenous kids’ lives

November 21, 2016 1

Data. We've got to pay attention to the data, writes Stephen Bartos, CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth.