Category Archives : Education

PM’s faith is not the target, but hypocrisy is fair game

The problem with education in Australia is that it is a political football, influenced by people with little background in sound research (“Report savages Masters review of curriculum”, April 19). Who are these members of the NSW education committee? They say that “textbooks should be mandatory”, even though, from my…

NAPLAN’s back, as study finds students’ scores don’t improve much

Australia’s controversial literacy and numeracy test NAPLAN is back this term, with some changes after a pause during the COVID-19 crisis of 2020. Certificates of achievement will be awarded to year 9 students who significantly improve on their year 7 results, or whose numeracy and literacy NAPLAN scores put them…

How Australian women are sparking workplace culture shifts in Parliaments

Hennessy spent 10 years on Labor’s frontbench, including as Victoria’s Attorney-General. She quit the ministry in December to spend more time with her family, but will remain in politics. She says women often hesitate about raising things like inconvenient meeting times because of entrenched assumptions that women with caring responsibilities…

Super still the best tax-effective way to plan for retirement

My husband, aged 68, and I, 67, are retired teachers but still do some casual work. We own our own home, worth $1.5 million, and are in a fortunate financial position: my husband has a defined-benefit pension of $35,000 and an allocated pension holding $345,000. I have $574,000 in an…

After 20 years, the result will be chaos and civil war

We need to assess what that money and effort would have achieved through diplomacy and health and educational aid, and end the practice of blindly following our strategic allies into similar ventures. With another $270billion earmarked for military expansion in the next decade, a review of our global goals, and…

Lex Greensill faces possible public grilling over company collapse

Lex Greensill, the founder of Greensill Capital, could be hauled before public examinations by liquidators as they probe the reasons behind the $9 billion company’s unexpected collapse. Administrators of the fallen financier’s Australian head company have recommended the group be placed in liquidation given they have not received any offer…

Meet Australia’s first Pasifika professor

In the few months since Jioji Ravulo became a professor he has been told, often, that he doesn’t look like one. It evokes a familiar feeling; one he remembers from his teenage years, when he was told after his first shift at a Sydney cinema that he was no longer…

Foreign correspondent with an eloquent writing style

He might have been seen as James Bond, armed not with a Walther PPK but with a pen. John Slee, the one-time Sydney Morning Herald journalist who died on March 30, dealt with major issues in India and Japan in the midst of international tensions and crises, performed superbly, interspersing…

How the University of Sydney’s Honi Soit was engulfed in a China-linked ‘crisis on campus’

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size A recent edition of the University of Sydney’s student newspaper Honi Soit included articles that no one could mistake for conservative. There was a “queer, anti-capitalist love letter” to the video game Stardew Valley and another taking aim at Western museums which,…

New school projects driven by election promises over priorities: Auditor-General

NSW Auditor-General Margaret Crawford. School Infrastructure NSW last year told the government it would not meet forecast classroom needs beyond 2023 – such as accommodating 180,000 new student enrolments and upgrading 34,000 teaching spaces by 2039 – despite the government’s record $7 billion spend on school builds over four years….