Quality teaching neglected in relentless funding focus

PUBLISHED ON THE DRUM ABC: The Prime Minister’s long-awaited school funding reforms outlined in the Gonski Review have been quietly shelved. The education ministers meeting last Thursday failed to endorse the reforms, with the Victorian Minister stating plainly that no substantial change will be happening anytime soon. After two years of work, it will back to the…

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Build different new bridges – The Australian

PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN April 12, 2012: HAVING just returned from leading a political delegation to Vietnam, I have a confession: I had no idea Australia had recently given $160 million to Vietnam for a new bridge. But then neither did the Vietnamese I met. In almost 20 meetings with senior Vietnamese leaders, Australia’s funding…

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Chelsea accepts School Captain role at Wantirna Heights

Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member for Aston, attended a special presentation ceremony at Wantirna Heights School today, to congratulate Chelsea Haag for being chosen as School Captain. Mr Tudge said that Chelsea had been chosen because of her leadership qualities that are a credit to her. Chelsea is the first female School Captain at Wantirna Heights School. Wantirna Heights…

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Reducing Small Business Compliance Burden

Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member for Aston, has called on the Gillard government to reduce small business red tape whilst speaking in the Parliament this week. Mr Tudge said, “The Coalition understands two things in relation to small business. The first is that small business is indeed the backbone of our economy and the second…

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A new deal for remote Indigenous Australians

PUBLISHED IN THE IPA REVIEW (Vol 63/4)There is a tacit deal for remote Indigenous Australians that is not working. Indigenous Australians have been supported for the last 40 years just to exist in a place of their choice, as a guilt-ridden nation’s act of compensation for past mistreatment. Low requirements of participation in education and…

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The Industrial logjam holding our children back

PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN:  While the change in Parliamentary Speaker was drowning other news, the Gillard government quietly dropped its promised teacher bonus scheme. Axing this clumsy add-on to the existing teacher salary structures was sensible, but the principle of merit pay remains essential to improving our schools. Wholesale reform is required. The existing system…

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We remember them and welcome you

Federal Member for Aston, Mr Alan Tudge MP, attended and spoke at a Citizenship Ceremony held on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2010, to celebrate with 118 Knox residents who pledged their commitment to Australia, to become Australian Citizens. The Mayor, Cr Joe Cossari and Wurundjeri Elder, Doreen Garvey-Wandin, warmly welcomed the candidates and State Member…

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Count down to VCE exams

Year 12 students from Fairhills High School enjoyed a celebratory breakfast BBQ at the Tim Neville Arboretum in Ferntree Gully, before the commencement of their final exams. Principal, Mr Harvey Wood and teachers cooked pancakes and bacon and eggs for the students, who used the social occasion as one of the last times they would…

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