Christopher Pyne

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

Cash

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...

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,...

Ms Fix-it

Peta Credlin, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Jane Cadzow As chief of staff to Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin is regarded as the organisational brain behind the prime minister - and by some as having way too much power.

National curriculum overcrowded and too advanced, say principals

Matthew Knott The national curriculum is overcrowded, too advanced and risks undermining the teaching of basic literacy and numeracy skills, primary school principals say.

Liberals rely on early votes as South Australian election too close to call

Steven Marshall

Tony Wright The South Australian Liberal Party is pinning last-minute hopes on a record number of pre-poll and postal votes to scrape it into government, but Labor believes it can still win the support of...

Former Labor minister Martin Ferguson backs Tony Abbott's planned changes to Fair Work Act

Shorten

James Massola Labor elder statesman Martin Ferguson says the ALP should support the return of the Coalition's construction watchdog, industrial relations reforms and warned Australia's high labour costs and low...

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Expert wants climate change study introduced in younger school years

Classroom

Tom Arup, Benjamin Priess Climate change should be taught to all students from middle primary school and be embedded in a range of subjects, a senior science curriculum authority says.

Maths tutoring adds up for students: OECD study

Kumon tutoring centre.

Amy McNeilage Many of the world's most mathematically gifted teenagers come from countries with the most lucrative tutoring industries.

Feeling the heat

Illustration: Joe Benke.

Tony Wright Tony Abbott, on the most basic measure, was Australia's most successful opposition leader. He oversaw the destruction of prime minister Kevin Rudd, prime minister Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd again.

Abbott in talks to take over universities, including their debts

Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government is considering taking control of the governance of Australian universities, relieving state governments of the responsibility.

Gay marriage advocates draw up hit list of MPs

Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates have drawn up a hit list of about 70 federal politicians.

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Fears of university fee rise as Andrew Norton, David Kemp to review funding

Uni

Daniel Hurst An Abbott government review of the university funding system will be headed by former Liberal education minister David Kemp and one of his old advisers, fuelling fears student fees could increase.

Jail terms on table in union crackdown

Clay Lucas and Daniel Hurst Reintroduction of a beefed-up national construction watchdog by the Abbott government will see individuals picketing building sites at risk of being fined up to $34,000.

Piccoli calls for cap on teaching degrees

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli

Amy McNeilage Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has called for a cap on the number of students allowed to enrol in teaching degrees to curb the state's oversupply of primary school teachers.

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School funding backflip a betrayal say angry principals

Schools

Rachel Browne Schools across the public, independent and Catholic sector in NSW have reacted angrily to the Coalition's backflip on funding, with many saying the uncertainty over budgets makes forward planning...

More scientists likely to miss out on government funding for research

The next four to six weeks will be

Larissa Nicholson The next four to six weeks will be ''desperate times'' for scientists seeking government funding.

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Former panellists unite in support of Gonski reforms

School

Gareth Hutchens Former members of the Gonski review panel have joined a formal coalition of school principals, charities and church groups calling on the federal government to use the ''Gonski'' model to fund...

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott turns to 'quantum' theory to explain Gonski school funding retreat

Heath Aston The Coalition's pre-election pledge that ''every single school in Australia will receive, dollar for dollar, the same federal funding over the next four years whether there is a Liberal or Labor...

Gonski backflip: $1.2b more for schools

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has taken charge of the government's spiralling schools funding crisis, announcing that a massive $1.