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VET course withdrawal fees banned

A federal government ban on withdrawal fees for students who quit VET courses is proof that a deregulated education market encourages unscrupulous activity by providers, the National Tertiary Education Union has said. The new regulations, announced last week by the Assistant ...

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Schmidt to lead ANU from 2016

Nobel laureate professor Brian Schmidt has been announced as ANU’s next vice-chancellor. Schmidt, who most recently made headlines calling for the establishment of a national agency to address Australia’s poor track record in science, technology and innovation, has worked at the ...

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Please be more specific

What exactly constitutes a scholarly article isn’t nearly as straightforward as it should be – and that’s a costly problem. By Ralf Buckley Every modern civilisation relies on its universities. And governments count visible products – graduates and publications – ...

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One watchdog is not enough

It’s high fantasy to think one quality regulator could oversee VET and higher education. By John Mitchell Before the recent federal Budget, a thought bubble popped up in the media. The thought was that the nation could save money by ...

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ABC program may be driving reduced statin use

The ABC’s controversial program reporting that the benefits of reductase inhibitors – better known as statins – for heart disease were grossly overstated led to more than 60,000 Australians ceasing or reducing their use of the drugs, new research has ...

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OPINION: Cast the sector in a better light

Reports have recently put forth a negative view of the sector; the full story must be told. By Phil Honeywood The past few months has provided some great news for Australia’s international education sector. Whether it be consistent increases in ...

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