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Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration

Member Briefings, National
The Commonweath and State/Territory Education Ministers have agreed a new national declaration on education goals for all Australians. Known as the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration (the Declaration), it sets out the national vision for education and the commitment of Australian Governments to improving educational outcomes. Mparntwe (pronounced M-ban tua)…

Education in Remote and Complex Environments Inquiry

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Recently the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training adopted an inquiry referred by the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, to inquire into and report on the education of students in remote and complex environments. Committee Chair, Mr Andrew Laming MP, says the inquiry will examine the performance of the Australian education…
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Changes to the Commonwealth Department of Education

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The Prime Minister announced a number of changes to the Australian Public Service today with the number of government departments reduced from 18 to 14.  From 1 February 2020 the Department of Education will be merged with Department of Employment and Skills. The  new department will be called the Department of Education Skills and Employment.…
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How Australians View Religion

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The Centre of Independent Studies has released a new policy paper, Respect and Division: How Australians View Religion, which found “religious tolerance is vital for a well-­functioning pluralistic, secular democracy”. The paper is based on a YouGov/Galaxy survey of more than 1000 Australians, with a significant majority (78%) of Australians agreed with the statement, ‘respecting…
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Religious Freedom Legislation – Further Exposure Draft to be Released

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The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced earlier this afternoon, see coverage here and here,  that a further Exposure Draft of the proposed Religious Freedom legislation.In announcing the decision to release a “second and final exposure draft” the Prime Minister indicated that the Government decided earlier this week to issue a revised and further exposure…
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Queensland Government introduces conversion therapy ban

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The Queensland Government has followed the lead of Victoria and the ACT in proposing a ban on conversion therapy. The Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 introduced by Minister Stephen Miles into the Queensland Parliament on 28 November prohibits health service providers from performing “conversion therapy” which is defined as  “a treatment or other practice that…
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