A Moment With Gough Whitlam

A Moment With Gough Whitlam By John Keane, University of Sydney Gough Whitlam, addressing supporters on the day of his dismissal, November 11, 1975 ABC Edward Gough Whitlam has passed on, leaving behind millions of citizens saddened by scores of eloquent obituaries reminding us how, once upon a time, Australian politics produced world-class leaders courageously […]

‘Gentle parenting’ explainer: no rewards, no punishments, no misbehaving

‘Gentle parenting’ explainer: no rewards, no punishments, no misbehaving kids By Rebecca English, Queensland University of Technology In a piece in The Conversation, Bernadette Saunders described positive discipline. Parents who practise positive discipline or gentle parenting use neither rewards nor punishments to encourage their children to behave. By “no rewards” I mean they don’t use […]

Copyright in the Trans-Pacific Partnership echoes past mistakes

Copyright in the Trans-Pacific Partnership echoes past mistakes By Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney Ten years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series, we review Australian trade policy over the years and where we stand […]

Pyne curriculum review prefers analysis-free myth to history

Pyne curriculum review prefers analysis-free myth to history By Tony Taylor, University of Technology, Sydney Education Minister Christopher Pyne launched his review of the Australian Curriculum last week and, as expected, the recommendations for the teaching of history left a lot to be desired. Stuck in its “Judeo-Christian” time-warp, the history review is in part […]

EcoChallenge 2015 – Water and Sustainability Game for schools

“Water and sanitation problems have reached boiling point: children are dying unnecessarily at the rate of 20 jumbo jets crashing every single day.” Ravi Narayanan UNEP DHI Eco Challenge 2015 October 2014 – March 2015 Tell your teacher friends and colleagues We hope you will all be spreading the word and will be helping to […]