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Australia has a new Commonwealth
Minister for Schools, Early Childhood
and Youth, Peter Garrett. The newly
titled portfolio splits school education
and higher education. Prime Minister
Julia Gillard announced on 11 Septem-
ber that Chris Evans would be her Min-
ister for Jobs, Skills and Workplace Rela-
tions. By 14 September, he'd become
Minister for Jobs, Skills, Workplace
Relations and Tertiary Education.
Garrett and Evans will be assisted by
Jacinta Collins as Parliamentary Secre-
tary for Education, Employment and
Workplace Relations. Garrett inherits
responsibility for the as-yet unfinished
$16.2 billion Building the Education
Revolution program. If education policy
has in the past been formed in cabinet,
we can now expect the independent
members of parliament (MPs) -- Rob
Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Andrew
Wilkie -- to have some influence.
Oakeshott, in his maiden speech in 2008,
spoke of 'the critical need for improve-
ments to general standards of education
throughout (his) region' and 'lifting
retention rates within the region.'
Windsor told ABC Radio AM's Tony
Eastley his support for the Gillard minor-
ity government 'puts country Australia
in a very, very important position.'
Wilkie -- a former Green -- has vowed to
'approach every policy on its merits.'
Speaking of the Greens, Green MP Adam
Bandt's support for the Gillard minority
government is critical, and of course the
Greens will hold the balance of power in
the Senate from July 2011. The Greens
want equitable Commonwealth funding
for public and private schools, smaller
class sizes, more funding for professional
development, no performance-based pay
and free university education. Peter
Garrett and Chris Evans, not to mention
the PM, will have their work cut out. T
4 TEACHER OCTOBER 2010
Top ranking Australian university in
2010, measured in terms of research
quality and citation counts, graduate
employability and teaching quality:
Australian National University at 20th,
down three places from 17th last year.
Second ranked: University of Sydney at
37th, down from equal 36th last year.
Third ranked: University of Melbourne at
38th, dow n from equal 36th last year.
Fourth: University of Queensland at 43rd,
down from 41st last year.
Fifth: University of New South Wales at
46, up from equal 47th last year.
Sixth: Monash University at 61st, down
from 45th last year.
Seventh: University of Western Australia
at 89th, dow n from 84th last year.
Eighth: University of Adelaide at 103rd,
down from 81st last year.
Top 10: Cambridge; Harvard; Yale;
University College London;
Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Oxford; Imperial College London;
Chicago; California Institute of
Source: Quacquarelli Symonds 2010 World
1. Did Brontosaurus hang out in
swamps because it was too weak to
carry its own weight since it couldn't
chew enough food to fuel itself?
2. Who won this year's Aurecon Bridge
3. What weight did the winning bridge
4. Can you use a school building fund to
pay for running expenses?
5. Can you offer a scholarship or bur-
sary to people other than Australian
citizens or permanent residents?
6. Can you offer a scholarship or bur-
sary only to students at a particular
7. Can you offer a scholarship or bur-
sary to a group of students?
8. Who is the chair of the Common-
wealth review of funding for
9. What did Jessica Nairn, principal of
Dickson College, discover in a store-
10. Are there any bids yet for Bonga
Binga Small Good School's unfired
dinosaur figures made by the Year 3s
Answers: 1. no, it ate heaps of food, but didn't have to chew it because it had a gizzard, like a bird; 2. St Pius X High School in
Adamstown, Newcastle, NSW; 3. 100.6 kilograms; 4. no, a school building fund may be used solely for acquiring, constructing or
maintaining school or college buildings; 5. no; 6. no; 7. yes; 8. David Gonski; 9. a 'treasure trove' of 'extremely valuable' Aboriginal
bark paintings; 10. no.
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