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Body consciousness kicks in early

Young children are picking up a potentially dangerous message that fat is bad and muscle is good before they have even started school, a study of Australian preschoolers has revealed. Little girls are becoming weight conscious and boys want more ...

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Collaborate, or else: Cutler

Collaboration is a bit like world peace. It’s hard to argue against. Even competition advocates think collaboration is a good idea. Innovation review chair Dr Terry Cutler’s report, ‘Venturous Australia’, is big on collaboration. One of Cutler’s 72 recommendations was ...

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Media savvy and ambassadorial: the fellows of the future

Federal cabinet should consider establishing an innovation sub-committee and the government should appoint successful expatriate researchers to be “innovation ambassadors”, according to the National Academies Forum. Higher degree research training should be extended to cover media and communication skills, and ...

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Canada takes internationalisation lead

When innovation minister Kim Carr announced earlier this year that Australian Research Council grants would be progressively opened to international applicants, starting with the Future Fellowships grants for mid-career researchers, he noted that Australia is only doing “what our competitor ...

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The master apprentice

Mature age apprentices: are they an economic necessity, a societal need or both, asks Stephen Billett. As governments and industry struggle with the implications of skill shortages, an ageing workforce and the looming reduction of new workplace entrants, mature age ...

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Guaranteeing training

Do employers need to be forced to train their staff? Andy Smith says it’s happening, just in different ways. One of the ongoing criticisms of employers is their seeming unwillingness to invest in the skills of their workers by providing ...

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ATCs kick on – and so do the politics

The future of three of the 24 controversial Australian technical colleges (ATCs) was revealed early last week, with colleges in western Sydney, northern Adelaide and the NSW mid-north coast town of Port Macquarie to survive as vocationally focused non-government senior ...

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Gathering Moss: ACPET replaces chair

There is a changing of the guard at the Australian Council for Private Education and Training which has replaced its chair of four years, Julie Moss. Larry Davies, CEO of Directions, a West Australian organisation which specialises in providing career ...

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No legislation, but jobs on offer regardless

The Tasmanian Greens last week described as “surreal” a TAFE Tasmania letter issued to staff that informed them of “possible assignments” to the Tasmanian polytechnic which is due to commence in January. Legislation to establish the Tasmania Tomorrow plan, which ...

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