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Family transport logistics under the microscope

Researchers are looking into ways of making the daily grind easier for families facing the logistical nightmare of ferrying children to and from childcare, schools and after-hours activities. University of Canberra assistant professor of urban and regional planning Hitomi Nakanishi is investigating ...

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VET collaboration to benefit Australia, China

Australia and China both have “much to gain” from greater collaboration in vocational education and training, says Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham. The assistant minister made the comments following the signing of a memorandum of understanding ...

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ANU: Boost Hindi teaching in schools

A senior Australian academic has led calls for the nation to increase the teaching of Hindi in schools or face risking the strength of its relationship with India. In a statement issued ahead of a workshop for language specialists at ...

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Gainful employment or your money back

A New York law school is offering to refund a percentage of its graduates' tuition fees should they fail to gain quality full-time employment within nine months of completing their studies. The Brooklyn Law School has pledged to grant lump ...

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‘Study drug’ use under the microscope

Queensland researchers are aiming to lift the lid on Australian university students’ use of so called ‘study drugs’ in an effort to provide a clearer local picture of an issue said to already be commonplace in the US. Led by University of ...

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Male koalas get loud in mating season

Male koalas seeking sex get all shouty and spread out, partly to reduce competition from the other males. Bellowing seems to prevent fights between the males, as well as letting females know exactly who they are in the breeding season, ...

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Experts criticise alcohol rehab scheme

Northern Territory's controversial mandatory alcohol rehabilitation scheme is not cost-effective and may be discriminatory, say medical experts. The scheme costs about $27 million annually, but they say alcohol misuse could be reduced more effectively by methods such as interventions involving ...

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From China, with fear

A close look at one critical neighbour’s education system reveals policy shortcomings in Australia that must be addressed before it’s too late. By Martin Riordan Living on a sabbatical in Shanghai has certain benefits. Up close and personal, the Chinese education ...

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