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Holidays are good for the soul. If you can disconnect from work, peak hour traffic, feeding the cat and the gas bottle running out halfway through the first BBQ of spring, holidays are an opportunity for reflection, reading the paper ...

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Obama’s higher education policies

Higher education struggled to make it to the fore as a core topic in the US election campaign. With the war in Iraq and the collapse of the economy, that may not be surprising. But over the course of two ...

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Finance storm brings grief to EIF

The Education Investment Fund (EIF) and other major federal infrastructure funding schemes face a dark future, after Treasurer Wayne Swan last week cast strong doubts on whether they’d receive the extra allocations foreshadowed in this year’s budget. Releasing the Mid-Year ...

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Aspirations replace frustrations

There is widespread belief that the Bradley review of higher education will encourage universities to compete in the market for vocational certificates and diplomas. However, the movement of schools towards the trade-level certificate III is potentially a bigger threat to ...

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ACE inclusiveness

The adult and community education sector plays a significant role in the social inclusion agenda, says Kaye Bowman.   Governments tell us social inclusion is important. The best future for Australia will rest on its ability to develop the capacities ...

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Don’t devolve TAFE: Lee

Training in NSW would suffer if the state’s TAFE structure was broken up into autonomous institutions, according to the former federal shadow education minister and current chair of the TAFE Commission Board, Michael Lee. Lee, a rising Labor star before ...

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TV habits lead to risky behaviour

Groundbreaking research suggests that pregnancy rates are much higher among teens who watch a lot of TV with sexual dialogue and behaviour, such as Sex in the City, compared with those who have tamer viewing tastes. Teens who watched the ...

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Flinders makes two senior appointments

Flinders University has appointed Diane Ranck as director, marketing and communications, and John White as director, human resources. Ranck will join the university on 1 December from the University of Sydney where she has spent nine years in senior managerial ...

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UWA academic wins non-fiction prize

Dr Antonio Buti, a senior law lecturer at the University of Western Australia, has won the non-fiction category of the West Australian Premier's Book Awards for his biography of Sir Ronald Wilson. The book Sir Ronald Wilson: a Matter of ...

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