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We’ll create trade cadetships: Gillard

A re-elected Labor government will introduce a new national trade cadetships program, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced. The $3 million program would enable vocational education and training to be recognised at school and count towards future qualifications. Gillard said ...

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Bullying linked to criminal behaviour

Classroom bullies can grow up to be criminals while their victims become depressed for years after their schoolyard fights, new research claims. While the long-term impact of bullying has been largely assumed, Australian researchers have, for the first time, proven ...

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Creating a common language

Five-year-old Hal's ADHD makes it hard for him to make friends but in just seven weeks of play intervention his social skills have noticeably improved. He is one of seven children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to complete a recent play-based ...

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Award upheld, young workers lose

Thousands of young workers will miss out on jobs after the industrial tribunal upheld an award prohibiting short shifts, according to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA). The peak retail industry body said the Fair Work Australia (FWA) decision to keep ...

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Uniforms are class leveller: PM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has revealed she is in favour of mandatory school uniforms, saying they give children a valuable sense of self and discipline. Announcing that parents would receive a tax break on the cost of uniforms if Labor ...

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Give P21 funds to principals: Abbott

Primary school principals have cautiously welcomed a coalition plan to give them a greater say over federally funded projects. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and education spokesman Christopher Pyne yesterday announced how they would improve the $14.1 billion Primary Schools for ...

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Protecting the most vulnerable

The federal government has released a set of new national standards aimed at better protecting the 34,000 Australian children living in foster care. The draft national plan includes regular health checks and an education plan for children living in out-of-home ...

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Power to the people

Young people want and need better access to health services, a group of aspiring parliamentarians has heard. The 90 high school age students gathered at NSW Parliament House on Monday for the 2010 YMCA NSW Youth Parliament to discuss issues ...

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A slippery slope?

Anti-gambling advocates fear gaming venues are grooming children to gamble by providing arcade games mimicking poker machines. The so-called redemption games offer expensive prizes including digital cameras or televisions and are usually located just steps away from the adults-only gaming ...

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