New Zealand students hope university fees reduce and more zedlines

The New Zealand elections leaves university students hopeful that tertiary fees will be reduced under New Zealand prime-minister-elect Jacinda Ardern.

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party campaigned heavily on education reforms,which includes a three year plan to phase in free tertiary education by the year 2024 and boost student allowance benefits.

Psychology and criminology student Jordan Butler says when he finishes his dual degree, he’ll be left with a $30,000 debt which he says will prohibit him from purchasing a house in the near future.

The New Zealand Government has frozen the current threshold of which tertiary students have to start repaying their university debts, with the current threshold being $19,000, which is an extremely low level of income.

Australians moving interstate most likely to move to Queensland 

Recent Census data reveals that younger Australians are the most likely to be on the move, with Queensland recorded as the top destination for people moving interstate.

One-third of people aged between 20-29 and almost a quarter of those aged between 30-39 lived at a different address in 2016 than in 2015.

Census program manager Bindi Kindermann says it’s not only interesting to see where Australians are moving to and from, but it’s also important when it comes to planning for infrastructure and communities.

Census data further revealed that Queensland saw the highest number of interstate arrivals over the past five years, with the sunshine state welcoming 220,000 new residents.

Second central Queensland mega mine gains momentum

While Queensland has been caught up in the media attention and controversy surrounding the Adani coal mine, another central Queensland mega-mine has been quietly gaining momentum.

The GVK Hancock mine, planned to be situated 160kms west of Emerald, would provide 35’000 jobs and contribute over $30 million in taxes over its lifetime.

Rockhampton Regional Council’s resource industry spokesperson Councillor Neil Fisher, believes the project would be beneficial for the region, despite recent environmental outrage at the damaging affects coal-powered energy plants have on the environment.

Australians striving for higher education in record numbers

Data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing shows that  56 per cent of Australians aged 15 years and over now hold a post-school qualification- a ten per cent increase from 2006.

The number of people with Postgraduate Degree qualifications also increased by 46 per cent between 2011 and 2016, with the gap in educational attainment between men and women narrowing from 9 per cent to 4 per cent from 2006 to 2016.

However, there are still some noticeable gender differences in the professions of our educated workforce, with the most common occupations for men with a Bachelor Degree or above being Accountants and Software Applications Programmers, with the most common occupations for women being Registered Nurses or Primary School Teachers.

 Giant historic Ingenious artwork returned home

After 20 years, a giant Indigenous artwork has been returned to the Australian desert, on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert.

For the Ngurrara people, the 8x10 metre canvas is an extraordinary piece of indigenous art that maps their country and is a product of thousands of years of traditional knowledge.

The artwork was used in their 1996 native title claim as evidence of their connection to their land.

After a lengthy battle for the Ngurrara people to claim back native title, the canvas has returned to its original land for the first time in 20 years.

Indonesian military chief general denied entry

Diplomatic tension is rising between Indonesia and the United States after Indonesia’s controversial military chief was denied entry to the country.

General Gatot Nurmantyo was invited to the US for an anti-terror conference but was stopped before his flight and was informed that he was not permitted to enter the country.

The general had the correct visa and is a regular visitor to America, but received no explanation of why entry was denied to him.

General Gatot is suspicious of The US and may attempt to use this latest incident to advertise his suspicions and maximise offence that Indonesians take from this.