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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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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 »

Lessons from 60 years in higher education

Emeritus Professor Roger Scott recently gave a public lecture at the University of Tasmania reflecting on the lessons he had learned since he first... More »

Four things the new minister should do on higher education

Andrew Gunn writes in The Conversation (8.10.15):

'Future ministers can learn from the mistakes made by the Abbott government. Pol... More »

What a difference a portfolio makes: early learning is not babysitting

Susan Krieg notes in The Conversation that early childhood has moved back into the education portfolio. 'Most often engagement with the &l... More »

Could Turnbull give a Gonski?

In Inside Story (24.9.15) Dean Ashenden suggests that under Prime Minister Turnbull there is the opportunity to revisit Gonski.

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Pyne leaves education having failed to sell a vision for the past

In The Conversation (23.9.15) Kelsey Halbert examines why Christopher Pyne's policies in the education portfolio attracted such opposition... More »

What are schools for?

History and geography will be scrapped as separate subjects in the new national primary curriculum and schools will be forced to teach phonics-base... More »

We lose more than we gain by paring back the curriculum

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Universities can't, and shouldn't, educate to suit employers

Stefan Popenici writes in The Conversation:

'Despite higher education seeking industry solutions for graduate employability,... More »

What are universities for?

The Conversation has run a series of articles under the general heading: 'What are universities for?'. One of the most important contribut... More »


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