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Lukewarm reaction to disability plan

The federal opposition's $314 million policy to support students with disabilities has been met with mixed reaction. It was announced on Friday that a coalition government will give students with severe disabilities an education card worth up to $20,000. About ...

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Computers in schools program wasteful: Hockey

Opposition economic spokesman Joe Hockey has said next year's Year 9 students won't receive free laptops if the coalition wins the election. Hockey this morning told Fairfax Radio Network the coalition won't continue the government's computers for schools program, which ...

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Calls for in-school driver education

Pressure is mounting on the Victorian government to step up driver education rather than rely on punishment to cut the soaring road toll. V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup has joined touring car legend Alan Moffat and the Confederation of Australian ...

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Rocking the vote

They're too young to vote but that's not going to stop Australian teenagers from telling Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Bob Brown exactly what they think of them. Internet giant Google has created a platform for a simulated federal election, ...

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Keeping SES will cost public schools: report

Keeping the current federal funding model for schools will cause the divide between public and private institutions to widen, new research has claimed. A paper by Sydney University honorary associate professor Jim McMorrow found public schools will get far less ...

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Tell us your policies: principals

With just weeks to go until polling day on 21 August, principals are asking each of the main political parties to set out their education policies. The Australian Primary Principals Association, which represents government, Catholic and independent sectors, has written ...

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Full disclosure?

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised to release the report into the Building the Education Revolution (BER) before election day if it is ready in time. The former education minister presided over the government’s $16.2 billion BER scheme before becoming ...

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Teens link alcohol to physical violence

The chair of a parliamentary committee examining youth violence has defended not making a single recommendation on alcohol abuse. The committee's report, ‘Avoid the Harm - Stay Calm’, was launched at Parliament House last Friday. It found while young people ...

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