Exacting efficiencies from online learning

The Australian WHEN former Macquarie University vice-chancellor, Steven Schwartz, is asked to characterise the potential from the online education revolution, his answer is simple and exciting: university courses that are better, faster and cheaper. Australian universities have an excellent reputation, but despite a doubling of student numbers over the last 20 years, teaching has been…

$358,000 Carbon Tax hit to Knox Hospitals

The Federal Government’s Carbon Tax has hit local health provider Eastern Health, which runs the Angliss Hospital and Wantirna Health, costing it more than $358,000 in higher energy costs over the past 6 months alone according to an audit by the Victorian Department of Health. The analysis showed that almost 20% of Eastern Health’s energy…

Opening of the Knox Headspace Centre

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I am proud to report to the House that the Knox headspace centre was officially opened this week. The opening of this centre has been the culmination of a two-year campaign which I have spearheaded, along with community members in my electorate. The Headspace Foundation runs these headspace centres. They are terrific…

Lifting Quality in Our Education Research

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  Over the last few weeks we have had a lot of debate about the quality of teacher education courses, with both the NSW government and the federal government announcing policies to address standards. It is fair to say that there is bipartisan concern about how our future teachers are being trained. I…