Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne suggests collecting HECS debts from dead students as way to help budget

Matthew Knott Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has floated the idea of collecting student debts from the dead as a way of boosting the budget bottom line.

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Christopher Pyne's pledge sparks fears public schools will be ignored

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Alexandra Smith Education Minister Christopher Pyne has told Christian school leaders that his government has an ''emotional commitment'' to private schools, prompting fears the Abbott government will abandon public...

Education Minister Christopher Pyne gets in a muddle over student loans

Christopher Pyne

Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confused the debate about proposed increases to university fees by appearing to contradict the government's own website over who will be affected by the budget...

Education: Christopher Pyne's move to review curriculum dubbed a political stunt

Education minister Christopher Pyne

Josephine Tovey, Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne's decision to review the national education curriculum is an attempt to score ''cheap political points'' and ignores years of work to draft the existing document,...

Christopher Pyne pledges $230m as Abbott government goes into damage control over Gonski decision

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Judith Ireland, Anna Patty, Jonathan Swan The federal government has gone into damage control over school funding reforms, promising extra cash and blaming the media for not understanding the issue, as the row over its backflip on education...

ABC cuts tipped to hit news services including 7:30 and Lateline

<i>Lateline</i>, hosted by Emma Alberici, will be pared back to focus less on news reporting, sources say.

David Wroe and Sarah Whyte The ABC's newsrooms are bracing for job losses as the national broadcaster's board prepares to spend the weekend finding savings that are tipped to include 400 redundancies across the organisation.

ABC managing director Mark Scott admits many jobs will go in cuts

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Stephanie Peatling The $254 million to be slashed from the ABC's budget dwarfs the $59 million in savings identified in a recent efficiency review, Mark Scott has revealed during an impassioned defence of the public...

University fee deregulation opposed by most Australians, says Fairfax Ipsos poll

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James Massola and Heath Aston Almost two-thirds of Australians oppose the Abbott Government's move to allow universities to set their own fees amid concern over "$100,000 courses" that would put tertiary education back out of the...

NAPLAN numeracy and literacy tests to be online in 2017

Pens down: students sit the NAPLAN test.

Alexandra Smith Schools will be able to choose to sit NAPLAN tests online in 2017 and the use of pen and paper for the national numeracy and literacy tests will be completely phased out by 2019, after education...

Julie Bishop sparks own Coalition leadership rumours

Stirring the pot: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is being talked up as a future leader of the Liberal Party.

Jacqueline Maley Just because Julie Bishop, our briskly efficacious Foreign Minister, has been busy leading the Australian response to the MH17 disaster, eyeballing President Vladimir Putin and basking in the praise...

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Gough Whitlam receives accolades from all sides of politics

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Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent The political guns fell silent on Tuesday as senior political figures from all sides united as one to mark the passing of former Labor prime minister Edward Gough Whitlam, who died in Sydney at the...

Daniel Morcombe's father Bruce is confident the Australian legal system will prevail over murderer's appeal

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Clare Colley Bruce Morcombe is confident the Australian legal system will prevail when the man convicted of murdering his son Daniel fronts the Court of Appeal next month.

Budget deadlock: Former RBA official says fresh polls could be the answer

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James Massola Former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin has suggested a new election may be needed to resolve the Senate impasse holding up vital budget savings, and has hit out at the political populism...

Aspiring veterinarians face higher university fees

Matthew Knott Timna Jacks Aspiring vets would be among the hardest hit by the Abbott government's planned university reforms, with modelling showing debts could soar to $250,000 (a 150 per cent increase) taking some graduates...

Vet students at risk of being priced out

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Matthew Knott Aspiring vets are set to be among the hardest hit by the Abbott government's planned university changes, with new modelling showing student debts could soar to $250,000 - a 150 per cent increase -...

NSW educators slam Kevin Donnelly's remarks on corporal punishment

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Amy McNeilage, Matthew Knott, Harriet Alexander Educators and health experts have blasted one of the Abbott government's top education advisers for publicly supporting corporal punishment in schools.

The spill

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Madonna King In 2009, everyone - including the man himself - assumed that Joe Hockey was a shoo-in as the next Liberal Party leader. So what went wrong?

Interest on uni students' debts to hit women harder

Peter Martin, Matthew Knott Women will suffer disproportionately from the government's decision to apply real interest to student debts for the first time, new modelling shows.

Federal police in about-face

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Heath Aston The Australian Federal Police has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn on whether it advised Prime Minister Tony Abbott to cancel a visit to Deakin University amid widespread protest against the...

'Grow a set': PUP opposes uni reforms

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie address the media during a joint press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 17 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Matthew Knott Senate kingmaker Clive Palmer has stated categorically that his party will not vote for the deregulation of university fees when the Abbott government presents legislation to the Senate.