Okay can we discuss the effectiveness of the Australian Higher Education system?

If there’s one thing our government has done right, it’s tertiary education

1. First of all, you’re guaranteed into a very large majority of courses if you meet the minimum academic entry requirements.

2. A typical Bachelor’s Degree is three years, and the semesters are only three months long. That means you have just as much holiday time as you do class time– it works out to be 6 months of studying and 6 months of holidays which is fab.

3. Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents are guaranteed acceptance for a wonderful thing called a HECS loan. This service is free and organised by the government. Loans are interest free so you literally only owe the cost of your tuition.

4. You only start paying back these loans once you’re earning above a certain income threshold. One of my mum’s friends is a part- time teacher and is yet to have fully repaid her student loans. When you do start paying it back, it’ll come out of your regular income taxes, so you don’t even notice you’re paying it back.

5. At the moment, Australian universities are regulated by the Government, which means fees for courses are the SAME throughout the country.

6. Finally, domestic student fees are between $6000-8000 a year. This is relatively inexpensive on a global scale, especially since the Aussie dollar is pretty weak at the moment. Anyway, because the government covers you, it’s not a burden on you while you study and even after you graduate there’s no time limit in which you need to repay your loans.

Australia is putting braille on its $5 notes, thanks to one motivated teen

In an effort to make currency more accessible to blind people and those with visual impairment, Australia will start using braille on its new $5 bank notes starting Thursday. Eventually, all Australian notes will include raised dots. 

The move comes after blind teen Connor McLeod launched a petition four years ago. McLeod received the National Braille Press’ Hands On! award for his efforts. He’s not done yet, he’s trying to revolutionize Australia’s ATMs too (but not with braille).

The video footage on Four Corners of Aboriginal children being tortured in Don Dale correction centre have shocked the country. But this is the tip of the iceberg of the racist ‘child protection’ and prison systems that subject Aboriginal children to institutionalised child abuse across the continent on a daily basis.

Malcolm Turnbull and Adam Giles have announced a Royal Commission into the centre - but their own racist Intervention and “tough on crime” policies systematically breach the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).

Countless inquiries have already been done. We already know the facts of this case. We demand justice immediately. The prison guards responsible must be sacked and charged. So too should the NT Government who have consistently demonised and criminalised Aboriginal children and bear ultimate responsibility for this abuse. Minister Scullion also must be sacked.

Across Australia, Black children make up 50 per cent of the prison system. More children are being forcibly removed today than at any point in Australian history - taken from their families and put into foster care or prison cells.

We need to build on the outrage and take forward the ongoing struggles against the racist police, prison and ‘child protection’ systems.
A third of U.S. 8th graders think Canada, Australia and France are some sort of dictatorship
Ask eighth-graders in the United States whether their neighbors to the north are autocrats. According to a recent educational report card, one in three of them will tell you that The True North’s government may be strong, but it is not free. Canada’s not the only country whose government is wrongly viewed in those negative terms.
By Nick Gass