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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 »»»»

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Ratchets-up Pressure on Axing Carbon Price

Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Politics | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Ratchets-up Pressure on Axing Carbon Price

Australian PM Tony Abbot

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has ratcheted up the pressure on the Labor Party over axing the carbon pricing scheme, saying it would be the “best possible Christmas present” for Australians.

Legislation to repeal the scheme is set for debate in the Senate this week but the bills are headed for defeat at the hands of the Opposition and the Greens.

Parliament has resumed today for the final sitting of the year. In a youtube video statement posted today, Mr Abbott repeated his Government’s assertion that abolishing the price on carbon would save householders hundreds of dollars :: Read the full article »»»»

Fairfax Shockjock ‘Howard Sattler’ Sacked

Posted: June 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Media | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Fairfax Shockjock ‘Howard Sattler’ Sacked

Fairfax Sacks SattlerBREAKING!  Fairfax Radio host Howard Sattler has been sacked by Perth station 6PR. After a year of abysmal behaviour toward Australia’s first female Prime Minister, it seems Fairfax has manned up and done the right thing.

Yesterday, Mr Sattler was suspended by the radio station, pending an internal inquiry. Fairfax said via statement that “6PR Presenter Howard Sattler, put a number of questions to Prime Minister Julia Gillard regarding the sexuality of her partner, Tim Mathieson. These questions sought to establish if there was a basis in fact to rumours circulating about the couple’s relationship. The PM answered Mr Sattler’s questions with dignity and some patience.Fairfax Radio management has reviewed this interview and considers that the questions posed by Mr Sattler were disrespectful and irrelevant to the political debate.”

Ms Gillard refused to take questions on the controversy, but echoed comments from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick that the treatment of high-profile women could send a damaging message to the next generation ::

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