In a few words, the story so far. The first Gonski review proposed “needs-based, sector-blind” schools funding. The schools doing the hardest educational yards would get extra resources so they could lift academic performance and so reduce inequality. National and international test results plus the MySchool website would make them accountable.
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Emmanuel Macron landed in Sydney on Tuesday, fresh from a high-profile visit to the United States and still buoyed by the “Macronmania” that has swept the world since his election. Much hope had been invested in his capacity to persuade Donald Trump to resist the temptations of American isolationism, and many leaders would once again have envied the rapport he seems to have established with Trump when he attended last year’s French national day celebrations on the Champs-Élysées.
In years gone by, the federal budget would have given us a clear idea of the size of Australia’s immigration program for the year ahead. Now the figure is hidden somewhere in Peter Dutton’s head.
A by-election looms in the seat of Perth, which is in, well, Perth, Western Australia.
Life can be exhilarating. And sometimes it can be disappointing. Sometimes it can be both at once. Melbourne is a prime example.
In just a decade, Melbourne has added more than a million people. It began this century with 3.4 million people. By September, on current estimates, it will have five million. In less than twenty years, its population has grown by roughly half.
“Oral biography” is not perhaps a descriptor we would immediately place among film’s genre possibilities, but Garry Sturgess’s Barry Jones: In Search of Lost Time makes an eloquent case for its cinematic potential. “Documentary” doesn’t seem quite adequate to describe the “film story” he has assembled here, for Barry Jones looks more like a life being performed on screen with an audience in attendance.
Preferences, specifically Newspoll ones, have been in the news a bit lately, or at least that small corner of the news where lurk the politically obsessed.
New TV drama genres and subgenres are proliferating, yet the crime thriller retains its predominance in international markets. Perhaps it is the lure of the plot: the dark mystery, the suspense of lurking danger. These effects are hard to pull off, though, and most attempts result in a pastiche of hackneyed scenes and storylines.
When the US Supreme Court recently split five judges to four on a new test for deporting criminals, Trump-appointee Neil Gorsuch joined the court’s four liberals for the first time. That was the court’s fourth five–four split during April, alongside three more that were either six–three or seven–two.
Australia has got superannuation policy wrong. The bipartisan plan to increase compulsory super contributions to 12 per cent will reduce wages today, do little to boost the retirement incomes of many low-income workers, and cost the federal budget billions now and well into the future. If politicians really want to help low-income earners, the planned increases should be scrapped.