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No school, no pay, Twiggy says

‘No jab, no pay’ was passed with little mainstream controversy. ‘No school, no pay’ probably will not be afforded the same ease. The measure, proposed by mining billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, is aimed at encouraging welfare-dependent parents to send their kids to school, ...

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‘Black dog’ also stalks new dads

For every nine dads feeling nothing but joy at the birth of their child, one dad is suffering. Although postnatal depression (PND) affects men less than women, its incidence in men – 10 per cent in Australia – remains a ...

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Pollies face off in election forum on early childhood

It has been branded the ‘neverending’ election campaign, yet the end – July 2 – is now in sight. This means inter-party policy forums are in full swing (or squabble, if you will). Early learning finally had its turn to be debated, as Early Childhood Australia (ECA) hosted an event in Adelaide. Liberal Senator Sean Edwards – representing Education Minister ...

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Teachers’ STEM-tech fears may be overblown

Are preschool teachers afraid of apps? The Herald-Sun recently proclaimed “some” preschool educators “are stopping our kids from getting ahead in maths and science” due to their reluctance to teach STEM, particularly via apps. In relying on notes obtained from ...

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Australia the unlucky country for 1 in 6 kids

In 2013, across Australia, 70,000 children faced the prospect of sleeping rough. One in six struggled with daily existence, living below the poverty line. These are just two conclusions from a new report, released to commemorate 25 years since Australia’s ratification ...

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