Harness goodwill to close the gap on employment

The Australian: THE latest figures reveal that the indigenous employment gap is getting worse, not better. When prime minister Kevin Rudd made the apology to indigenous Australians in 2008, he invited indigenous and non-indigenous Australians to work in partnership to close the indigenous emp... ... (23-Jan)

False barriers to useful work

Alan Tudge The Australian   "YES we can". Barack Obama's slogan in the 2008 election campaign was a masterstroke in changing the mindset from one of problems to shared optimism. The clear intent was to focus on what could be done, not what could not.   This same mindset shift is desp... ... (05-Nov)

Academia can’t be limited to 26 weeks

Australian Financial Review Despite students living in a 24/7 world, the academic calendar remains firmly rooted in the past, dictating that students can learn for only half the year. It is an anomaly which makes little sense in today’s world and should change. Faster learning would reduce student’... ... (27-May)

Exacting efficiencies from online learning

The Australian WHEN former Macquarie University vice-chancellor, Steven Schwartz, is asked to characterise the potential from the online education revolution, his answer is simple and exciting: university courses that are better, faster and cheaper. Australian universities have an excellent reput... ... (09-Apr)

Exacting efficiencies from online learning

Internet opens door to tertiary sector

Australian Financial Review“A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change”.  This is how global business consultants Ernst & Young describe the changes hitting our tertiary sector as a result of the digital revolution. It is a dramatic statement, but is probably right. For a... ... (11-Mar)

Help those who help themselves

The AustralianAS Kevin Rudd and other Labor MPs seek a boost to the Newstart Allowance, the government appears caught between its desire to lift unemployment benefits and the fiscal realities. It's thought poverty in this country is a need that is well understood but cannot be met in the budget. But... ... (18-Jan)

Help those who help themselves

Learning goals must equal Asia's best

Australian Financial ReviewThe Prime Minister’s Asian Century White Paper aims for our school system to be in the world’s top five by 2025, but expectations in our curriculum do not support this goal.  To reach the top, we should follow the example set by the United Kingdom and deliberately ben... ... (10-Dec)

Learning goals must equal Asia's best

Massive Change Looms for Universities

Australian Financial Review,  Our higher education sector is set for a massive transformation whether we like it or not. Just as the newspaper and retailing industries are facing disruptions due to the internet, so will the education sector. It will be challenging to existing institutions but ... ... (12-Nov)

Massive Change Looms for Universities

School funding reform: three certainties make change to the existing system fraught for Catholic and independent schools

PUBLISHED ON THE ABC, September 6, 2012. Julia Gillard has promised that no school will be worse off under proposed education reforms. But Liberal MP Alan Tudge says that any change to the school funding model will result in winners and losers.   The Prime Minister's response to the Gons... ... (06-Sep)

Desert khaki reminds us political expediency ought never be sought from those who serve

From the Victorian Liberal Magazine The biggest threat to our country today comes from what the Gillard Government isn’t doing, writes Alan Tudge – presiding over the ‘terminal decline’ of our defence forces. Perhaps the finest hour of Australia’s defence forces was their defence of this contine... ... (01-Sep)

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