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More teachers now
Tas Govt media release, 31 Oct 2017
Department of EducationAmong other things, the Department of Education's Annual Report for 2016-17 shows that government schools have the equivalent of 107 more teachers since the state government came to office, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says...

Bullet Libs oppose Labor's motion reinforcing Libs' report, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 1 Nov 2017
Bullet Labor opposes Libs' motion supporting extension of all high schools to Year 12, Roger Jaensch, Member for Braddon, 1 Nov 2017

Stephen Parry (Image: ABC News)FEDERAL POLITICS 
Another Senator to bite the dust?
ABC News, 31 Oct 2017
Tasmanian Liberal senator and president of the Senate Stephen Parry has revealed he is looking into his possible dual citizenship...

Queensland election on 25 November
ABC News, 29 Oct 2017
Queensland Labor premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that a state election will be held on Saturday 25 November...

Funding shortfall
Greens media release, 27 Oct 2017
Money$51 million in funds earmarked for education have not been spent on Tasmanian students according to analyst Martyn Goddard, Greens education spokesperson Andrea Dawkins says ...

AEU calls for more teachers
ABC News, 27 Oct 2017
Helen Richardson (Image: The Mercury)Australian Education Union Tasmanian president Helen Richardson has issued a pre-election call for 250 more teachers plus more teacher assistants and more literacy and numeracy specialists...

Bullet Quality Education for All campaign launch, AEU Tas media release, 27 Oct 2017
Bullet Supporting Tasmanian students, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 27 Oct 2017
Bullet AEU campaign launched, The Advocate, 27 Oct 2017

World Teachers' Day thankyou
Tas Govt media release, 27 Oct 2017
Education minister Jeremy Rockliff has marked World Teachers' Day by expressing his appreciation to Tasmania's teachers and other staff in the education sector for the work they do...

High Court decision announced
ABC News, 27 Oct 2017
JusticeThe High Court has delivered its judgment on the status of the seven politicians whose citizenship status is in doubt:
- Only TWO politicians are safe: Matt Canavan and Nick Xenophon
- FIVE politicians were deemed ineligible to have stood for election in the first place: Barnaby Joyce, Scott Ludlam, Larissa Waters, Fiona Nash and Malcolm Roberts.

The decision means the Liberal-National government loses its majority and will depend on Barnaby Joyce being successful in a by-election...
Bullet High Court decision (High Court website)

Ransomware reminder
StaySmartOnline, 26 Oct 2017
HackerA .doc (Word document) attachment that could install old ransomware on computers is currently being emailed to Australians, the Australian Government's StaySmartOnline website warns.
They also warn that new ransomware posing as an Adobe Flash upddate has begun hitting overseas computer users ...

Fats Domino (Image: youtube.com)MUSIC LEGENDS
Fats Domino dies
ABC News, 26 Oct 2017
New Orleans rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino, especially known for his 1950s historic hit Blueberry Hill and more recently in the news when he survived Hurricane Katrina, has died at the age of 89...

Montrose upgrades opened
Tas Govt media release, 25 Oct 2017
Upgrades that form part of a $5.8 million project were opened at Montrose Bay High School by education minister Jeremy Rockliff today...

WW1 essay winners named
Tas Govt media release, 25 Oct 2017
Frank MacDonaldThe five student winners of the 2017-18 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize will receive a tour of the Western Front.
The students attend the following schools:
- Rose Bay High
- Taroona High
- St Patricks College
- Launceston Church Grammar...

Three more Collective ed. schools wanted
Tas Govt media release, 25 Oct 2017
Beacon FoundationExpressions of interest are now open for three schools to join the Collective ed. program which supports students remaining in education and becoming job-ready.
The program is supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation, the Beacon Foundation and the state government...

Barnaby Joyce (Image: ABC)FEDERAL POLITICS
Friday citizenship ruling
ABC News, 24 Oct 2017
The High Court of Australia will give its ruling on Friday at 2.15pm over the future of the seven politicians whose citizenship has been questioned, the most prominent of whom is deputy PM Barnaby Joyce...

Financial literacyFINANCIAL LITERACY
Critical thinking critical
The Conversation (opinion by Carly Sawatzki), 24 Oct 2017
Teaching children about money involves more than budgets, compound interest and debt, requiring a future orientation and critical thinking skills as well, a lecturer writes ...

Easybeats co-founder dies
ABC News, 23 Oct 2017
George Young, founding member of the Easybeats, co-writer of hit song Friday on My Mind and a producer of AC/DC, has died at the age of 70...

Decisive win for Shinzo Abe
ABC News, 23 Oct 2017
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has been re-elected in a landslide victory, achieving a parliamentary majority in excess of two-thirds...

Financial literacyFINANCIAL LITERACY
More financial literacy needed
The Conversation (opinion by Ross Guest), 23 Oct 2017
Too many Australians are taking on home and other debt they do not understand, requiring an expansion of financial literacy education in the wider community and, particularly, also in the already-crowded school curriculum, an economics professor says...

Reverse the TAFE decline
ABC News, 22 Oct 2017
The Australian TAFE system is on the brink of collapse, an overseas expert says...

Excellence awards announced
Tas Govt media release, 20 Oct 2017
Department of EducationThe Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, has announced the sixteen winners of the 2017 Department of Education Awards for Excellence...

Bullet North and North East award winners, The Examiner, 20 Oct 2017
Bullet Coastal winners, The Advocate, 20 Oct 2017

Jacinda Ardern (Image: Wikipedia)NEW ZEALAND POLITICS
NZ First leader forms coalition with Labour
ABC News, 19 Oct 2017
New Zealand First leader and "kingmaker" Winston Peters has announced he will form a coalition government with the Labour Party, making 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern the next prime minister...

No reduction in public service numbers
Tas Govt media release, 19 Oct 2017
Premier Will Hodgman says he expects there to be no reduction in the size of the Tasmanian public service in the foreseeable furure...

ECIS lives
Tas Govt media release, 18 Oct 2017
DisabilitiesTasmania's Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECIS), which supports the involvement in education of children with a disability, will continue alongside the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) until 2020, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today...

Bullet Decision took too long, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 18 Oct 2017

Poet attacked
ABC News, 17 Oct 2017
A number of NSW students who were unhappy about having to analyse a poem by Indigenous author Ellen van Neerven in an HSC exam have abused the poet on social media...

Extending high schoolEXTENDING HIGH SCHOOLS
Fresh round of high school extensions opens
Tas Govt media release, 17 Oct 2017
High and district high schools interested in extending their classes to Years 11 and 12 from 2019 are invited to lodge an Expression of Interest between Wednesday 18 October and Friday 17 November 2017, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today...

Alert for wi-fi users
ABC News, 17 Oct 2017
HackerPatches to fix a wi-fi weakness whose exploitation is termed a "KRACK attack" will shortly be made available by Windows and Apple but security experts are concerned not all small businesses such as coffee shops will install the update straight away to protect their customers...

Southern TasmaniaSCHOOL SAFETY
Wounding charge
ABC News, 17 Oct 2017  UPDATED
An 18-year-old has appeared in court after being charged over the stabbing of a 15-year-old student at New Town High School on Monday...

Pembroke promise
TasLabor website, 16 Oct 2017
Early learningA majority Labor government would build a Child and Family Centre in the Mornington/Warrane area, Labor leader Rebecca White said in supporting Pembroke Legislative Council candidate Jo Siejka...

Bullet Only the Liberal candidate can deliver, Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services, 15 Oct 2017

Choice attacks CBA school banking domination
ABC News, 15 Oct 2017
Consumer magazine Choice has criticised the Commonwealth Bank's school banking marketing techniques...

Image-based abuse lessons needed
The Examiner, 13 Oct 2017
Relationships and sexuality lessons need to be expanded to address the rise of revenge porn and other types of image-based abuse, experienced sex education providers say...

NAPLAN robo-marking attacked
ABC News, 12 Oct 2017
NAPLANA retired US professor has criticised NAPLAN's plan to use computers to mark essays...

Bullet Algorithms reward nonsense in essays, The Conversation (opinion by Kai Riemer), 20 Oct 2017

Professor Eleanor Ramsay dies
Tas Govt media release, 11 Oct 2017
UTASEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff has acknowledged the passing of Professor Eleanor Ramsay who was a co-founder of Education Ambassadors Tasmania...

Parents' views differ
ABC News, 10 Oct 2017
ASGThe latest annual ASG (Australian Scholarships Group) Parents Report Card on education in Australia shows a strong difference between the views of Asian and Australian-born parents on the importance of academic success and where sex education and social skills should be taught...

Focus on inclusion efforts
ABC News, 9 Oct 2017
DisabilitiesA NSW student with autism who had been strapped to chairs and moved by means of other people holding boxing pads against him no longer wishes to be at school..

Autism research partnerhsip
Tas Govt media release, 6 Oct 2017
DisabilitiesThe state government is contributing more than $800,000 over four and a half years towards a Tasmanian autism research base in conjunction with the Autism Cooperative Research Centre, Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma has announced..

Solar underway at Huonville High
ABC News, 6 Oct 2017
Huonville High School has begun installing solar panels purchased with the $133,000 it won competing for the world-wide Global High Schools Zayed Future Energy Prize..

Nick Xenophon (Image: ABC)FEDERAL POLITICS
Nick Xenophon to quit
ABC News, 6 Oct 2017
Senator Nick Xenophon says he will leave federal politics and stand for the South Australian parliament..

Could artificial intelligence replace teachers?
Education World (opinion by Keith Lambert), 5 Oct 2017
The rapid improvements in artificial intelligence will enable AI in computer programs and robots to enable teachers to work more efficiently rather than be replaced, a teacher writes..

58 killed in Las Vegas shooting
ABC News, 3 Oct 2017
US flagA gunman has fired on an outdoor concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and injuring at least 515...

TasTAFE audit info row
ABC News, 2 Oct 2017
TasTAFEThe non-release of an interim audit report on the spending and actions of TasTAFE executive level officers has been criticised by Opposition skills and training spokesperson Josh Willie and AEU (Tas) TAFE Division president Damian Von Samorzewski..

Bullet First quarter TasTAFE audit update received, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 28 Sep 2017
Bullet TasTAFE audit details need to be made public, Josh Willie, Opposition skills and training spokesperson, 2 Oct 2017
Bullet TasTAFE CEO acknowledges staff anger, ABC News, 6 Oct 2017




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