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Featured Publication


Why childcare is not affordable
Eugenie Joseph
29 August 2018 | RR37

Childcare fees and out-of-pocket costs in Australia have been growing above inflation in recent years, at the same time that more parents are using formalised childcare to support their participation in the workforce. Childcare has been subject to growing and evolving regulation for many years,…

What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong
Jennifer Buckingham, Blaise Joseph
17 June 2018 | PP6

The Gonski 2 Review into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should be used to improve student…

Why We Need NAPLAN
Blaise Joseph
13 May 2018 | RR36

The National Assessment Plan – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a crucial national assessment, but is coming under increasing criticism. There are three major benefits of NAPLAN: Tool to improve schools and teaching. NAPLAN results enable the identification of problems in the school system over…

What’s happened to the University?
Frank Furedi, Marguerite Johnson, Steven Schwartz
05 February 2018 | OP163

Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? And why should we let this proliferation of politically correct ideals become the norm, prescribing, censoring or outright banning texts, gagging speech and curbing the exchange of ideas? “The…

Media & Commentary

Schools must retain hiring rights
Robert Forsyth
19 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

In the hasty and overheated reaction to the leaked recommendations of the Ruddock review, pressure is building to remove the rights of religious schools to discriminate against teachers, not just students,…

Labor preschool plan fails to add up on many levels
Eugenie Joseph
12 October 2018 | DAILY TELEGRAPH

Australian parents should be sceptical of Labor’s new policy to extend universal access to preschool for 3-year-old children, as the costs and benefits simply fail to add up. And in…

Q&A focuses on difference, not agreement
Jennifer Buckingham
12 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

The ABC’s Q&A program is a curious beast. Even when there is broad agreement among panel members about numerous matters, the focus is on their differences of opinion. And so…

Teachers’ union stance wrong on reading
Julie Mavlian
05 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

I have been a member of teachers’ unions since I began teaching 30 years ago. The role of unions is to protect the pay and conditions of their members. However,…

Five ways unis can advance free expression
Steven Schwartz
29 September 2018 | The Australian

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear, George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm. At a 1943 symposium, Univer­sity…