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#LetThemStay unites academics

Australia’s immigration detention centres are many things, divisive being one. This week, the nation watched as guerrilla protestors crashed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s first major economic speech since the federal election. One stormed the stage, holding a sign directed at news ...

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ANU helps teens plan for the planet

Who is more qualified to tackle climate change, politicians or high school students? The answer may depend on which elected official you’re referring to. But the Australian National University’s Ian Chambers, a senior researcher at the Crawford School of Public ...

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Academics for Refugees group doubles in size

Last Christmas, 900 academics signed a letter, addressed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, calling for the immediate release of asylum seeker children in detention. Eight months later, this movement’s ranks have doubled. Now they’re calling for all immigration detention centres ...

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Don’t worry about drop-out rates: Craven

Despite data showing first-year undergraduate student drop-out rates have hit their highest point in eight years, the Australian Catholic University vice-chancellor has sidestepped concerns about these figures, saying data-driven learning analytics can handle it. Professor Greg Craven told a policy forum yesterday that ...

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‘War’ looms between STEM subjects: expert

An expert has warned a discipline war is brewing among the STEM subjects, and she expects engineering to come out on the bottom. STEM is the oft-used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the focus of politicians and educators who are trying to ...

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