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Poll shows popular constitutional reforms

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Government ministers citing reasons such as national security and operational matters when declining to answer parliamentary questions should be held to greater scrutiny, a national survey released by Charles Sturt University suggests. CSU believes the nationwide survey is the first ...

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La Trobe first to cap fees

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar

La Trobe University has become the first Australian institution to formally offer a cap on student fees in the event that the government achieves its goal of deregulating the prices universities can charge for degrees from 2016. The cap would ...

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In the hands of the crossbenchers

Paul Johnson

A handful of junior senators hold the key to the future for Australian universities. In the coming weeks and months, our federal politicians will decide the future of higher education in this country. Parliament will be asked to vote on ...

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Senate inquiry into higher-ed reform

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A Senate inquiry into the federal government’s controversial higher-education reforms will now help decide the fate of the Coalition’s plans, as a committee has been called to report back to the upper house by the end of October. The inquiry was ...

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Turning drones into lifesavers

Nicholas Roach (L) and Leo Stevens(R)

The fight to keep Australia’s beaches safer for swimmers is being ratcheted up by a pair of Wollongong-based researchers who have harnessed the power of drone technology to speed up the delivery of flotation aids to those in trouble. A ...

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ATEM/Campus Review awards honour excellence

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  Higher-education leadership, management and best practice were celebrated last night at the 2014 Australian Tertiary Education and Management (ATEM) Campus Review Awards ceremony in Cairns. The awards, now in their third year, recognise excellence in areas such as management, ...

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Tertiary think tank goes radical

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A revolutionary tertiary education preparation pathway for school leavers and a reputation overhaul for VET sector training were amongst a range of deliberately radical ideas a think tank has floated regarding the future of higher education in Australia. The proposals – ...

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Public trusts unis far more than pollies

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Australians have almost three times as much confidence in the country’s universities as in Federal Parliament, a recently released ANU poll of public attitudes shows. The phone-based survey of 1388 Australians – conducted in June and July this year – asked respondents ...

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Apprenticeship, traineeship numbers drop

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An economic downturn has been blamed for a recent decline in the number of Australians commencing trade and non-trade apprenticeships and traineeships. Seasonally adjusted data that the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) released last week indicates that commencement numbers ...

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