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...

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...

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,...

Language! 500 Years of the Vulgar Tongue, by Jonathon Green

In a word: Language! 500 years of the vulgar tongue.

Stephen Saunders Slang, it's more the just swearing you know. By Stephen Saunders.

Graduates overseas should repay HECS, sector says

Ms Belinda Robinson

Matthew Knott The government should crack down on university graduates who take a ''free ride'' on the taxpayer by moving overseas after they have finished their studies, according to the peak universities body.

Interest in hiked university fees crashes website

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Aleisha Orr A website designed to give prospective students an idea of how much their preferred degree will cost if plans to deregulate university fees and increase the interest rate on student loans go ahead,...

How they coalesce in the Coalition

TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co. TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co.

James Massola, Political Correspondent At 10 minutes past five on Thursday afternoon you could hear a pin drop in Parliament House's marbled Members' Hall.

Australia's scholarships scheme 'will benefit elite unis'

Heath Gilmore, Matthew Knott The federal government's Commonwealth Scholarship scheme will benefit elite universities at the expense of institutions that attract students from poor, disadvantaged and regional backgrounds, a...

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Call for maths, science expert teachers to lift primary grade

Matthew Knott The traditional role of the primary school teacher as a jack-of-all trades should be scrapped because too many teachers have deficient mathematics and science skills, one education body says.

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

Dr Kevin Donnelly

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

Joe Hockey

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?

David Gonski slams Abbott reversal on school funding

David Gonski

Heath Aston and Benjamin Preiss David Gonski has urged the Abbott government to reverse its decision to scrap the school funding reforms associated with his name, claiming "the concept of aspiration ends in 2017".

Fears uni cuts could stifle infrastructure

Heath Gilmore, Matthew Knott Cuts to funding for engineering and science students have fuelled fears about the viability of the federal government's nation-building agenda, including big construction projects such as Badgerys...

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High school students haunted by higher university fees

Caitlin Woodland and Gabriel Dwyer

Benjamin Preiss Anxiety is mounting among high school students about the cost of university education as they prepare to choose their tertiary preferences.

Tony Abbott says he can't guarantee that university costs won't double due to slashed funding

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22:  Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott speaks  during the Australian Socceroos Official Farewell Dinner at Sydney Opera House on May 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Socceroos will head to Brazil next week ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Heath Gilmore, Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to rule out university fees doubling because of his government's deregulation of the sector, as some institutions suggest the rises will be much greater due to...

The rage of a new generation

Chris Gall.

Jacqueline Maley On the evening of May 5, Chris Gall and his fellow activists ran through the streets of the inner-Sydney suburb of Ultimo seeking refuge.