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Law reform body hits pause on anti-discrimination inquiry

The Morrison government has torpedoed an independent inquiry into the impact of anti-discrimination laws on faith-based schools and organisations. The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) was part-way through a review into religious exemptions in anti-discrimination laws. It had conducted several consultations and ...

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Psychology expert dresses down school uniform policies

Make school uniform rules uniform. That’s the call from an associate professor in psychology. Flinders University’s Sarah Cohen-Woods says efforts to provide students of all genders with comfortable and practical uniforms are being hampered by differing legislative requirements around Australia. ...

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Gaming fears ‘a whole lot of nothing, basically’

There is little evidence to suggest that gaming addiction is a clinically unhealthy habit for young people, a study claims, calling existing fears “exaggerated”. Researchers from Oxford and Cardiff Universities believe obsessive gamers are likely to have wider psychosocial functioning ...

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New push to stop children ‘chroming’

Queensland health officials are expected to meet with consumer goods giant Unilever and retailers in an attempt to put an end to children and teens who inhale dangerous household chemicals to get high. Almost a hundred Queensland children, many of ...

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Ban for teacher caught drunk, asleep in class

A female teacher who fell asleep in a drunken stupor in a Year 2 classroom and failed to notice a student being punched has been suspended from teaching in Queensland. In 2016, the teacher took Valium before a Year 2 ...

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