ABC PM: Autistic children home-schooled because of a lack of school places

Pic source: australiancurriculumlessons.com.au DAVID MARK: Disability advocates say autistic children are being turned away from mainstream schools because they lack specialised support. As a result, families with autistic children say they're being forced to home-school their kids. Many parents have told a Senate inquiry that their autistic children are bullied, misunderstood or placed in cages…

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AUSTRALIAN: Campaign to give rural students greater support

Pic source: The Australian. Samuel Brazel says there’s financial and emotional pressure on students from the bush. Picture: Britta Campion Source: News Corp Australia http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/campaign-to-give-rural-students-greater-support/story-e6frgcjx-1227567913997 BY Kylar Loussikian As a student from rural Australia with indigenous heritage, the odds are well and truly stacked against Samuel Brazel, at least according to reams of statistics produced…

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WEEKLY TIMES: Housing cost is uni hurdle for country kids

Pic: Senator McKenzie listening to student concerns at a recent regional forum in Tasmania, hosted by Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson. http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/housing-cost-is-uni-hurdle-for-country-kids/story-fnkfnspy-1227567711579 BY Natalie Kotsios FROM parents taking out second mortgages, to students working four jobs — these are the real costs of higher education for country people. And innovation, not money, is the key to…

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DUBBO DAILY LIBERAL: Prime Minister committed to ensuring fair university access

Pic source: studyoptions.com http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/3405200/prime-minister-committed-to-ensuring-fair-university-access/?cs=112 PRIME minister Malcolm Turnbull supports efforts to address the financial challenges faced by regional and rural university students. A series of 15 nationwide Regional Higher Education Forums wrapped up last month, hosted by Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie alongside staff from the federal education and social services departments, students and parents. Education…

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AUSTRALIAN: UA calls for help to boost numbers of regional students

Pic source: The Australian newspaper (Picture: Robert Lang Source: Supplied) http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/ua-calls-for-help-to-boost-numbers-of-regional-students/story-e6frgcjx-1227559441369 BY Kylar Loussikian The federal government has signalled it is willing to consider changes to access incentives for rural and regional students, a week after the HES revealed a substantial number of Coalition MPs were pushing for action as an interdepartmental inquiry into regional…

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact to drive jobs, growth and innovation for Australia

Pic source: au.pcmag.com Negotiations on the biggest global trade deal in twenty years, which first commenced more than five years ago, have been successfully concluded in Atlanta. The historic Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) will deliver enormous benefits to Australia, including unprecedented new opportunities in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific region, with its rising middle class,…

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AUSTRALIAN: Calls for overhaul of regional higher education policy

Pic source: Australian http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/calls-for-overhaul-of-regional-higher-education-policy/story-e6frgcjx-1227549541325?login=1 BY Kylar Loussikian Pressure is building on the federal government to radically overhaul regional higher education policy, with an interdepartmental inquiry to recommend a suite of policy measures as early as next month. The HES understands at least 30 Coalition parliamentarians are backing a push for new measures to be implemented,…

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NORTHERN STAR: Hogan upbeat as Nationals Senate team visits the region

Pic source: Northern Star. (From left) Senator John Williams, Senator Bridget McKenzie, MP Kevin Hogan, Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash, Senator Nigel Scullion, and Senator Matt Canavan outside Kevin Hogan's office while visiting the region. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/hogan-upbeat-nationals-senate-team-visit-region/2792033/ PAGE MP Kevin Hogan has said he is upbeat about the…

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CENTRE FOR NANOSCALE BIOPHOTONICS: Then The Cells Light Up

http://www.cnbp.org.au/-/cnbp/lib/percontent/pdfs/Media%20Release_CNBP%20RMIT%20launch_FINAL.pdf Senator Bridget McKenzie, Martin Bean CBE, Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University, and Professor Calum Drummond, RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, will jointly open the RMIT Research Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at a formal event later today. It is here, in a new…

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AUSTRALIAN: Nationals urge action to close access gap for regional students

Pic source: Australian http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/nationals-urge-action-to-close-access-gap-for-regional-students/story-e6frgcjx-1227539188834?sv=a1684b3035b080df66f8fb859162e700 BY Kylar Loussikian The federal government has moved to consider additional measures to close a higher education access gap between metropolitan and regional students. The Nationals have urged new Education Minister Simon Birmingham to work with Social Services Minister Christian Porter to investigate a way to support students presently using other…

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