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Coalition shows yield on interest rates

The Coalition Government has given its clearest indication yet that it will drop plans to introduce real interest rates to HECS-HELP loans as it works to pass its higher-education reform bill through the Senate. In its eagerly anticipated report stemming ...

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Opinion: Take the time, get it right

Even if you don’t believe the proposed reforms will lead to disaster, there is no solid evidence to say one way or the other – and nothing should happen until there is. My starting point in this complex debate is ...

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Australian universities pay tribute to Whitlam

Australian universities have honoured former prime minister Gough Whitlam, who died yesterday at age 98. University of Western Sydney vice-chancellor professor Barney Glover, whose university has been the home of the Whitlam Institute since 2000, issued a statement yesterday praising the Labor ...

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VET funding loses ground

Australian government funding for VET education is in decline whilst schools and universities become a higher investment priority, an analysis has shown. The examination of education funding based on ABS data was carried out by independent research and policy think-tank ...

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Advance care directives still rare

New data indicating that almost 9 in 10 Australians have no determined advance care directives (AD) has led to calls for regulatory changes aimed at increasing uptake. A national phone-based survey, conducted by researchers at the Queensland University of Technology, found ...

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Teachers say training leaves them unprepared

Research has sparked fresh calls for a review of teacher training courses, as less than half of teaching graduates indicate they feel adequately trained in a number of key professional areas. The results, released yesterday within the Staff in Australia’s Schools 2013 report ...

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Opinon: VCs selling out students

Vice-chancellors appear to have put the financial interests of their institutions ahead of the interests of their future students, the very students who want to attend their universities and who work hard for successful admission. It is understandable but disappointing ...

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Research reforms target industry links

The promise of a greater focus on links between research and industry and a new science council to advise government are at the centre of long-awaited reforms to the research sector unveiled yesterday. The new measures, announced by the industry ...

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Reform hearings centre on loan repayments

A fresh call for recovery of HECS-HELP debt from expatriate graduates and a hybrid repayment scheme were amongst several key amendments stakeholders urged during last week’s Senate inquiry into university deregulation. Addressing the Senate committee last week, HECS architect professor Bruce Chapman again ...

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