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Australia to Review National Curriculum

Posted: January 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia to Review National Curriculum

Australia to Review National CurriculumAustralia’s Education Minister Christopher Pyne has announced a review of the nations school curriculum, he’s indicated he wants the curriculum to have a greater focus on the benefits of Western civilisation.

He has asked two critics of the current curriculum – former teacher and ex-Liberal Party staffer Kevin Donnelly, and University of Queensland Professor Ken Wiltshire – to review what is taught in Australian schools.

The Australian Education Union, which represents teachers, believes many of the minister’s concerns are unfounded, saying the national curriculum is already overseen by an independent body, which includes representatives of every state and territory education minister, as well as the private school sector.

Both of the men tasked with reviewing the curriculum have previously expressed concern at what is being taught in the nation’s schools. In July last year Professor Wiltshire wrote that the content of the curriculum was “poor and patchy”, adding that it “has been condemned by experts in just about every discipline, and there are no apparent values serving as its foundation”.

The other man tasked with reviewing Australia’s education curriculum, former teacher and ex-Liberal Party staffer Kevin Donnelly says Australian education has become too secular, and the nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage should be better reflected in the curriculum. Mr Donnelly says religion does not have enough of a presence in Australia’s “very secular curriculum”, and that it needs to be taught “more effectively” :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Government Considering Upfront Doctor Fee

Posted: December 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Politics, World of the News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Government Considering Upfront Doctor Fee

Australian Government Considering Upfront Doctor FeeWe all new that Australia’s new – Liberal, conservative coalition – government was going to be tight-fisted. We’ve waited with baited breath, a little anticipation and slight trepidation at just what an Abbott government might do.

So far they’ve been busy doing, well, not much. They’ve gone all CIA on boat people, broken a couple of education promises and scoffed a bunch at the previous governments book keeping skills, no huge surprises.

It seems the surprise announcements have been reserved for 2014, and they’ve started trickling out.

Overnight the Commission of Audit setup by Mr Abbott has revealed it’s received a submission that would see Doctors charging patients $5 for visits. The Government has confirmed it is one of several new fees it’s currently considering :: Read the full article »»»»