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Lower HELP repayment threshold to $42,000: Norton

Grattan Institute modelling advocates lowering the HELP loan repayment threshold to $42,000 – calling it an “efficient and fair” solution to curb ballooning debt from unpaid loans. The current threshold stands at $54,126, though the federal Education Department estimates one-fifth ...

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#LetThemStay petition invokes cornerstone of ethics

Leading medical academics and community figures have invoked the ethical principles of health research to condemn asylum seeker treatment on Manus Island and Nauru, in an open letter to the prime minister. The World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki, a ...

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Parker says unis help entrench inequality, offers solutions

Australian higher education perpetuates inequality, and ATAR should be scrapped and university places recapped to help fix the situation. That's the argument University of Canberra vice-chancellor professor Stephen Parker made in remarks to the TJ Ryan Foundation this week. Parker's comments came after a ...

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‘People without jobs, jobs without people’

Rhetoric around youth unemployment must change, an expert has argued. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures rest youth unemployment at 12.44 per cent, although it declined in the last quarter. Debate on the issue has centred on the notion of a skills gap – education ...

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Panel to look into uni entrance standards

The federal government is directing the Higher Education Standards Panel to examine university entrance requirements to improve transparency. This follows long-running commentary about ATAR and recent comments from professor Ian Jacobs, University of New South Wales vice-chancellor, calling for the system ...

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USYD’s Nadim tears into federal deradicalisation plan

A University of Sydney expert has launched a scathing attack on a federal government schools deradicalisation program that seeks to follow New South Wales' example. In a joint announcement, federal education minister Simon Birmingham and federal justice minister Michael Keenan, explained this ...

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ATAR’s value low in uncapped system: Vann

ATAR cut-offs are not useful measurements of student potential in the demand-driven system, the vice-chancellor of Charles Sturt University has argued. ATAR has been the subject of media scrutiny since it was revealed some universities were admitting students 40 points ...

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Teaching degrees are uni cash cows: Dinham

Teaching degrees are used by universities as a cash cow and this can partially explain startling teacher attrition rates, an expert has said. Recent research from the Australian National University shows 30 to 50 per cent of teachers quit the ...

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