Education

Government advisor pushes for 15% fee on student loans, and more Zedlines

Grattan Institute's Andrew Norton urges 15% on student loans. (Image source: Common Dreams)

A Federal Government advisor is urging the government to consider adding a 15% loan fee on government-funded student loans, saying it is a fair way to reach the budget goal of spending less on university education.

Federal education advisor, Andrew Norton said the government could save $700 million a year by imposing a 15% fee on its student loans, including HECS-HELP loans, which won’t be paid upfront but would be added to the principal of the loan amount.

Sexual health education to change in Queensland schools and more Zedlines

Queensland politicians have introduced changes to the Australian curriculum as part of a statewide initiative which will see widespread implementation of sexual- and reproductive health-related topics - a first in the country.

Students from Prep to Year 10 will be affected by the changes, which focus on healthy sexual relationships and reducing stigma, discrimination and violence surrounding sexuality.

The Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 is designed to promote access to information pertaining to topics like sexual health, gender identity and to eventually eradicate STI’s such as HIV.

 

Industrial Relations Bill to impact Queensland Workplaces

Australian education results slide further down international ranks and more Zedlines...

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

Australian education results slides further down international ranks

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows Australian students dropping from 12th to 17th in both Year 8 maths and science and plummeting ten spots from 18th in Year 4 maths.

Coral bleaching in 2016 worst on record and more Zedlines

Researchers estimate up to two thirds of a 700 kilometre stretch of reef extending north to Port Douglas has died. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Computer glitch affects student loans

A computer glitch at the ATO has put university students’ loans in credit instead of debt.

The glitch affects around 1500 students and was first discovered in 2014, after system maintenance.

Affected students are being advised to contact the ATO and seek advice from a registered tax agent.

2016 coral bleaching worst on record

Queensland prepares for a scorcher as temperatures rise and more Zedlines

Southeast Queensland is bracing for another heatwave coupled with fire danger. (Image Source: Staticflickr.com)

Temperatures in excess of 35 degrees Celsius are to be expected, and officials have highlighted the possibility of fires breaking out as a result of the dry conditions all throughout the state.

Residents are warned to have a Bushfire Survival Plan memorised in case of emergency.

You can follow the developments of the weather over at bom.gov.au/qld.

 

Australia's first modern-bone Museum
Queensland couple Jaimie and Debra Cook are planning the first modern bone museum in Australia.

Record low sea ice in Arctic and more zedlines

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected. The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

Record low sea ice in Arctic

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected.

The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

New Melanoma test fast-tracks results, and more Zedlines

Patients being tested for Melanoma will now only have to wait six hours, rather than three weeks, to receive their results. (Image source: Flickr)

A new Australian blood test or ‘liquid biopsy’ is set to be launched today at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute in Melbourne.  

The usual surgical biopsy takes two to three weeks, but with this quicker option, a patient's treatment is fast-tracked.

 

Refugee graduates grade 12 at Brisbane school

Iranian Refugee Mojgan Shamsalipoor received her graduation certificate this morning, after completing her final year of high school from a detention centre in Darwin.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor graduates High School and more Zedlines

Mojgan Shamsalipoor, the Iranian woman made famous for her battle to be released from immigration detention earlier this year, has been awarded her graduation certificate from Yeronga State High School. source: twitter @MarkBaileyMP

Mojgan was freed from two year-long immigration detention in September after her refugee application was denied.

She was granted a three-month bridging visa upon her release and will be able to live with her husband.

 

Queensland introduces digital learning classes

Queensland State Education Minister Kate Jones, has now introduced compulsory digital learning classes for children in Prep through to year 10.

Rats protest resource council leader and more Zedlines..

Protesters dressed as rats have targeted the Queensland Resources Council’s annual lunch over the organization’s appointment of former Federal Resource minister Ian MacFarlane to the position of chief executive. (Image source: s.newsweek.com)

They claim the appointment breaks the ministerial code of ethics which forbids a minister from lobbying in a position related to their former portfolio for 18 months, but Mr MacFarlane rejects the idea, saying advice from the Prime minister’s office suggested there was no conflict of interest.

The protesters dressed as rats in order to point out how the situation stinks, with a spokesperson for the group saying it was an example of the close relationship between the mining lobby and politicians and that they “smell a rat”.

 

Hundreds expected at Queensland's largest Remembrance Day service and more Zedlines

Queensland’s largest Remembrance Day service was held at the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane CBD at 11am Friday morning. (Image source: Flickr)

The Last Post: Remembrance Day ceremonies expected to draw crowds

Hundreds are expected to turnout and honour the memory of our fallen and injured diggers.

A formal wreath laying ceremony will take place, followed by the playing of the Last Post and a minutes silence on the hour.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, encourages all Australians to ‘reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have died in defence of our nation’.

 

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