education

education July 21, 2018

Exclusive: Christian lobby academic heads law school

Patrick Parkinson’s long association with Christian lobby groups and the campaign against marriage equality has been questioned after his appointment as dean of the University of Queensland law school.

education June 30, 2018

Academic independence threatened by US-style philanthropy

The Ramsay Centre fiasco highlights the dangers of universities ceding academic independence in return for private money, in the manner of billionaire philanthropy in the United States.

education May 19, 2018

The final challenge to religious chaplains

After two High Court decisions, the fight against federal funding for religious-only school chaplains is set to end with a test case on state anti-discrimination law.

education June 16, 2018

Howard, Abbott and the Ramsay Centre

The falling out between the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation and the ANU highlights the right’s hypocrisy over the values it purports to defend.

rural March 31, 2018

Gap not closing on Indigenous disadvantage

The government’s assessment of Indigenous disadvantage ignores how far behind remote communities are compared with cities, and how top-down policy-making reinforces economic disparities.

design July 23, 2016

Grim picture for visual artists and Sydney art colleges

Visual arts education is under siege as plans to merge Sydney colleges spark accusations economic rationalism is triumphing over creative endeavour.

religion July 2, 2016

The Australian Christian Lobby’s bid for influence

The Australian Christian Lobby has a high profile as a religious organisation seeking to influence government policy, but are its claims of intolerance and censorship a sign it realises it is out of step with a secular society?

education March 26, 2016

What happened to the Safe Schools program

After a year of agitation, conservatives had a big win on the Safe Schools anti-bullying program – a curtain-raiser to their fight on equal marriage.

education October 24, 2015

Q&A with Brian Schmidt, Nobel laureate and ANU’s new vice-chancellor

As incoming vice-chancellor of the Australian National University, Nobel prize winner Brian Schmidt has a clear vision of how to take Australian achievements into the stratosphere.

religion September 12, 2015

Hiding sexual abuse behind prestige at Geelong Grammar

For students of the elite Geelong Grammar School, sexual abuse survived within a subculture of hazing born in the ‘Great Public Schools’ of England.

education May 16, 2015

Why the Abbott government wants Bjørn Lomborg’s Consenus Centre

Covert negotiations, whispered announcements and an awkward about-face reveal a political agenda behind reaching consensus.