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This section contains articles on early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. As with a number of other sections, it contains some articles on Federal Government priorities that have an impact on the State's education system.

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Moving beyond 'acts of faith': effective scholarships for equity students

Policy Online carries a link (29.2.16) to a National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education report which examines links between uni... More »

Should we scrap the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)?

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia. Ho... More »

Bullying linked to gender and sexuality often goes unchecked in schools

Victoria Rawlings writes in The Conversation (3.3.16) about some of the realities of sexuality-based bullying in schools, amid continuing ... More »

Should we scrap the ATAR? What are the alternative options? Experts comment

Higher Education experts comment in The Conversation (3.3.16) about proposals to modify or abandon the Australian Tertiary Admissions... More »

Safe Schools: Education Minister Simon Birmingham says students struggling with sexual identity need support

The ABC's Brigid Andersen reports (1.3.16) on federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, declaring he agreed with the objectives of the Safe Sch... More »

Stresses facing school leaders should be principal concern

Philip Riley provides an overview of the 2013 report Australia's School Principals.

'The report recommends several solutions ... More »

'No jab, no play' laws short on impact

Jorge Branco writes in the Brisbane Times (21.2.16) that none of Queensland's major childcare providers have announced plans to use the st... More »

The end of corporal punishment in Queensland schools

In the week in which the last Queensland schools abolished the cane, Roger Scott looks back at the Goss Government's decision to phase out corporal... More »

UQ at World Science Festival Brisbane

In partnership with the Queensland Government and the state's principal cultural institutions, the University of Queensland, along with QUT and Gri... More »

Should religion be part of the Queensland state school curriculum?

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (28.2.16) on a proposal to remove religious instruction sessions from Queensland state schools'... More »

Malcolm Turnbull urges calm heads over Safe Schools LGBTI program

Shalailah Medhora reports in The Guardian Australia (26.2.16) on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull facing questions over inflammatory claims... More »

Inequality and Higher Education

'Inequality and Higher Education: A Class Act' - paper presented by Professor Stephen Parker AO, Vice-Chancellor, University of Canberra to the TJR... More »

Gonski and funding inequalities

David Zyngler writes in The Conversation (1.2.16) that 'Canberra now gives more money to private schools than it does to universities &nda... More »

With Gonski gone we can expect more demand for private schools

Richard Teese writes in The Conversation (7.1.16):

'States alone cannot fund the effort required to address achievement difference... More »

Terror and tertiary education

On November 19 the President of the Australian Council of Civil Liberties, Terry O’Gorman delivered the National Tertiary Education Union&rsq... More »

Innovation: the test is yet to come

John Quiggin writes in Inside Story (11.12.15) that:

'Innovation starts with education and knowledge, and education starts in scho... More »

National Tertiary Education Union: conference 2015

Each year, prominent local figures are invited to give a public lecture on a topic of their choice. This year the lecture was given by Terry O&rsqu... More »

Education in Australia: Who succeeds and who misses out, and options for reform

The Mitchell Institute released a report 'Educational Opportunities in Australia in 2015. This made headlines in the media because it repo... More »

A shift towards industry-relevant degrees isn't helping students get jobs

Richard Hill and Kristen Lyons write in The Conversation (9.11.15):

'Competition between universities is more intense than ev... More »

Changing Attitudes in Tasmanian Education

'Tasmanian education has been the subject of intense debate in recent months involving academics, teachers, politicians and members of the wider co... More »

Turnbull may answer the prayers of school chaplaincy critics

Madonna King (Brisbane Times, 22.10.15) suggests that Turnbull might consider axing the school chaplaincy program in the next budget:

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What is to be done about Australian schooling?

In an article in Inside Story (16.10.15), Dean Ashenden argues that dealing with high and rising social and cultural segregation... More »

Why more scientists are needed in the public sphere

Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California, writes in The Conversation (13.10.15):

'The public dialogue about sci... More »

'Keep it Clever' Universities Australia policy statement 2016


'Australia is at an economic and productivity crossroads. In an era of sweeping change, other nations are seizing the future with... More »

National opinion poll on government's higher education policy

In July 2015 The Australia Institute conducted a national opinion poll of 1408 people through Research Now. Respondents were selected to produce a ... More »


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