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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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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 »

Queensland TAFE to be the premier Vocational Education and Training provider

The Queensland Training Assets Management Authority is to be abolished gaving Queensland TAFE the 'certainty needed' to play its role in the G... More »

Legal Aid vs private practice: do university fees dictate job choices?

In The Conversation (7.7.15) Richard Holden and Rosalind Dixon discuss the effect of university fees on student choices.

'There ha... More »

Imperatives in Schools Funding: Equity, sustainability and achievement

ACER Report by Lyndsay Connors and Jim McMorrow:

'The authors argue that cumulative political compromises have left Australia with a hybrid... More »

Give a Gonski? Funding myths and politicking derail schools debate

Glenn Savage (The Conversation, 9.7.15) considers a leaked discussion paper from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet that adv... More »

The dangers of dogmatism in our schools

'We should be concerned about ... ongoing blurring of the boundaries of secular education and the increasing access to schools being given to ... More »

Education Academics: Rules of Engagement

Professor Carol Nicolls suggests that academics and postgraduate students in education should be consciously positioned to influence current and fu... More »


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