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OPINION: SA VET training hits rock bottom

Just when you thought the South Australian government had buried the VET sector through blithering incompetence, there’s a knock from below, writes Malcolm King The SA government poured $568 million in to Skills for All course subsidies over the past ...

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Lomborg searches for think tank host

Bjorn Lomborg has led the search for a home for his taxpayer-funded Australian think tank. The federal government decided more than a year ago it would help Lomborg set up a think tank based on the model used at his ...

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Breaking education’s taboos

If the incitement of debate on controversial topics was the goal of the Edu Tech conference taking place in Brisbane this week, then its organisers must have been thrilled with the presentation of MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte. Addressing ...

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ANU to become tobacco-free zone

ANU staff and students are set to begin breathing a little easier from next month with the university announcing a blanket smoking ban set to come into force across all its campuses and facilities. The move, announced yesterday as part ...

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Jail time leads to homelessness: research

Jail time and homelessness go hand-in-hand, new research shows. A survey of 1400 Australians who were homeless, or at risk of it, found 42 per cent had been released from prison, juvenile detention or remand within the preceding six months. ...

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Public scrutiny improves policy

The difference in how two Labor governments handled criticism of programs shows how bringing problems to light leads to better reform. By John Mitchell Just one glance at the policy failures in the VET sector suggests there is eminent sense ...

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Australia loses ground in world rankings

Higher education sector leaders have blamed inadequate funding for the “concerning downward trend” of Australia’s international ranking in the annual Universitas 21 list. In the rankings, released last week, Australia is now 10th in the world. Singapore overtook Australia, which is down one spot from ninth in 2014 ...

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