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The great sugar debate

Remember economist Rory Robertson who bet Doomsday forecaster Steve Keen a walk to Mt Kosciuszko over house prices not crashing during the GFC? Well he’s at it again and this time he’s taking on University of Sydney nutritionists Jennie Brand-Miller ...

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Unsocial side of networking

A new study has found that nearly 90 per cent of jilted lovers are guilty of post-break up cyber spying. According to a masters thesis written by a student at  University of Western Ontario, Canada, as many as 88 per ...

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Multiple pathways may be the future

The notion that all students can thrive in a similar comprehensive school system is failing and different methods have to be embraced. Make no mistake about it, there is a mood for change. Patience with the performance of school systems ...

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Industry seeks to restore confidence

The ACCI wants vocational education and training reform to be guided more by industry demand, rather than providers and students. Public confidence in the VET system has again been shaken, as a result of more reports of alleged shonky providers ...

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Some miss out in Skills for All

The devil is in the detail for South Australia’s new training initiative The South Australian government’s $194 million roll out of the Skills for All program has stalled as the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) has ...

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The Screen: a scary picture

The great, open online university with students sitting in front of computers all day does not seem to be as successful as some people predicted. Almost overnight there appears to be the whiff of cultural revolt in the air. It’s ...

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TAFEs & unis reel from funding cuts

The farming sector is wondering how it will find trained workers as Victorian private and public providers adapt to recent reforms. TAFEs, universities, private training providers and industry associations are preparing themselves for further funding cuts from the Victorian government. ...

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Challenges in educating future accountants

Which body is responsible for setting learning standards? The Australian education sector is rapidly changing across many disciplines. Accounting, like sciences and IT, is fast becoming a globalised profession, and gaining an accounting qualification is becoming more complex, with more ...

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Women pay higher price for reforms

A training director fears that the student voucher system may result in more funding going to traditional male dominated areas.  Career options for young people are being reduced by Victoria’s vocational education and training policies, and the full, negative impacts ...

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Teaching the appy generation

Information and communication technology in schools must move beyond covering literacy and skills.  Over the past few months attention has increased on mathematics and science in Australian schools. Unfortunately information and communication technology (ICT) has been overlooked, not only in ...

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