Community services for children or commercial economic services for GDP?

Eva Cox's picture

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission for a public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning. Social and political researcher Eva Cox explains why she is critical of the recommendations in the draft report.

Australians an endangered species?

Laurence Strano's picture

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has raised the terror alert to “high”, meaning the risk of an attack is likely. Laurence Strano says that important questions need to be answered in order to make Australia once again safe from threat.

Why I’m not on Facebook

Allan Catlin's picture

The interpretation of ‘social’ in today’s social media often leaves out the actual personal interaction. Allan Catlin says it would be a tragedy if real people contact was lost.

NAPLAN: it shouldn’t be a testing time

Robert Randall's picture

If you have school-age children in Year 3, 5, 7 or 9, you'd be aware that they took the NAPLAN tests (the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) in May this year. Robert Randall, CEO of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), has some words of advice for parents.

Understanding how culture shapes identity

Jovana Balanovic's picture

In our modern society we are experiencing contact with different cultures like never before. Jovana Balanovic is conducting a survey that wants to answer the question why people respond to inter-cultural contact in different ways.

NAPLAN: a rigorous process for developing and trialling tasks

Robert Randall's picture

This year’s NAPLAN results showed a slight downward trend in persuasive writing. Robert Randall, CEO of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), puts these results into perspective and looks to the future of NAPLAN.