Opinion

Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government’s plans for it, Universities Australia (UA) is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum. The peak body’s chair, Barney Glover, will warn in a speech on Wednesday: “Almost two years of policy insecurity and uncertainty is taking its toll on the ability of ...

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Honfleurian Holiday

Much like Paris, the people of Honfleur dine facing the streets enjoying the view, as opposed to each other. The curious traveller is lured to the spectacle-like aura, to absorb the local vivacity of the French culture. I, the seated tourist, watch with a sense of open-minded voyeurism. In contrast to the Parisian ‘hustle and bustle’, I bear witness to ...

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Joyce to the world: Nats cap off a week of change

Warren Truss is out, Barnaby Joyce is in, and yet another minister might be headed for the departure lounge. A Government that was determined to talk “jobs, jobs, jobs” is ending this week doing exactly that; as in, who’s getting what, and when, writes Annabel Crabb. To a turbulent global geopolitical scene currently adjusting to a US presidential race being ...

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Pharmacists warn against cheaper meds

The powerful pharmacists lobby warns pensioners they won’t see any benefit if they buy discounted medicines. The Pharmacy Guild fired the warning shot on Monday, after Chemist Warehouse announced it would discount prescription medicines by $1 from January 1. Pharmacists have been required to charge set fees for prescription drugs – $6.10 for concession patients and $37.70 for general patients, ...

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Lindt Cafe donates money to charity

Every dollar spent in the Lindt Cafe on the first anniversary of the Sydney siege will be donated to charity. It’s been a year since the dramatic siege which claimed the lives of cafe manager Tori Johnson and barrister Katrina Dawson. Funds raised at the Martin Place cafe on Tuesday will be donated to the Katrina Dawson Foundation and Beyond ...

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Paris terror attacks: France now faces fight against fear and exclusion

Aurelien Mondon, University of Bath The attacks that took place at a series of venues in Paris on November 13 were the deadliest on French soil since 1945. At least 129 people have been killed in six different places. Reports say that nearly 100 are in a critical condition. Police have reported that eight people believed to have carried out ...

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6 Reasons Mansplaining Should Stop

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘mansplain’: (Of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.   Notice the key word there, woman, that is right. Interestingly enough it happens more often than most think. Perhaps you haven’t actually REALISED that you have been ‘mansplained’ to yourself. I have been one of the lucky few that ...

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DISLIKING OR DISSING? LIKE or DISLIKE this new Facebook feature we are still waiting to see

A new ‘dislike’ button is coming along the way to another social network, aside from a very popular YouTube, but the question is, which social network… You guessed it right; Facebook – it is none other than genius Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who is responding to many users requests of a ‘dislike’ button since Facebook’s 2009’s creation of the ‘like button’ became so popular. It felt ...

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Opinion: Why Amy Schumer is the person we need right now on gun control

Funny gal Amy Schumer joined her cousin New York Senator Charles Schumer on Monday to introduce a new gun control proposal following last month’s theatre shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana. The gunman opened fire during a screening of Schumer’s new movie Trainwreck on July 23, killing two women and injuring nine, before turning the gun on himself. He had purchased the gun legally, despite a ...

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Conversation: The Gen Y Quest to find that ‘dream job’… and its advantages

Since joining the workforce, I’ve received a lot of career advice. But I can break it down to two distinct messages from two set groups. The first lot of advice comes from a retiring generation who stress that company loyalty will breed success. The other advice comes from a highly mobile generation, giving me license to quit my job and ...

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