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Australian Aboriginal school kids treated like rubbish


Walgett Community High and Moree East Public are the schools that bureaucracies forgot, in physically deplorable condition and battling the pathogen of low expectations from all quarters. By NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli’s own admission, the schools have been failed from the top by hulking institutions run from Sydney that swept them out of sight, … Continue reading

Australia risks losing specialist teachers in English, maths, history and other subjects


The focus on generic skills in Australia‘s new national curriculum risks breeding a profession of general-capabilities educators rather than teachers of specialist subjects such as history, English or maths. Former president of the national History Teachers Association Paul Kiem – who has written about school history in a collection of essays, Australian History Now, launched … Continue reading

Australia: New rules target bad teachers


Underperforming teachers could be identified and sacked with greater ease under new teacher quality reform measures NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli described as more in line with a ”private sector” approach. The NSW government will also introduce paid teaching cadetships for high-achieving students and will give new teachers additional time out of the classroom to … Continue reading

Australian Aboriginal land rights law is a failure


The NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act was a “substantial failure” with a backlog of claims that would take 57 years to clear, a review of the 30-year-old legislation has found. A review headed by former Federal Court judge Trevor Morling QC found the act needed to be overhauled to help indigenous Australians obtain economic independence. … Continue reading

Australia: Fourth Muslim school has government funding frozen


A fourth Sydney Muslim school has had its funding frozen by the NSW government, amid allegations in a court case of financial mismanagement and a claim by the school’s chairman that he was threatened with a gun and subjected to a death threat by a relative of the principal. Rissalah College in Lakemba, in Sydney’s … Continue reading

Australia: Heavy rain and destructive winds for Brisbane until Monday


The weather bureau has warned of heavy rain and destructive winds of up to 125km/h for Brisbane from tonight as central Queensland is slammed by severe weather. The bureau issued the alert this evening and warned of possible flash and riverine flooding. In the next few days about 300mm of rain is expected in Wivenhoe … Continue reading

Funding crisis for juvenile justice in Australia


The nation’s children’s court system is damaged, starved of resources and handing out sentences that vary widely depending on where children live. The first national study of the country’s children’s courts, based on hundreds of interviews with magistrates, other judicial officers and a range of stakeholders, has called for an overhaul of the system. The … Continue reading

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