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Not all kids do well at school, and it’s not their fault. Shutterstock

Why don’t all kids do well at school?

The new school year has just begun. Parents may be feeling nervous about sending their children off to school. What if they don’t like school? What if school doesn’t like them? What if they don’t do well…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has become a national laughing stock after knighting Prince Philip. AAP/Wayne King

Grattan on Friday: Tony Abbott faces battle to avoid self-destruction

If Tony Abbott were risk-averse, he wouldn’t have scheduled a National Press Club appearance for Monday. Or perhaps it was just another Abbott blind spot. Of course when Abbott signed up to turning up…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott still strongly supports his chief of staff Peta Credlin. AAP/Karlis Salna

What’s wrong with Team Abbott is a lot bigger than the Credlin problem

Tony Abbott’s right-hand woman Peta Credlin is in an invidious position. Not only are many Coalition figures wanting her removed, but now Rupert Murdoch says it’s her “patriotic duty” to fall on her sword…
Sometimes Fun with Dick and Jane isn’t so fun after all, meaning kids will disengage from reading. Liz West/Flickr

Ditch the home readers – real books are better for your child

As school resumes for the new year, the “home reader” routine for primary school children also recommences. For many parents and children, reading these short texts can be the most agonising part of the…
What happens when a Surrealist parlour game turns into a writing exercise that’s pubilshed? Can we truly call it a collaborative process? Wikimedia Commons

Exquisite Cadaver: useful writing experiment or just a good game?

Recently, The Conversation published what was described as “an experiment in collaborative writing” (featuring, among others, Dallas J Baker and Nike Sulway of this present article). The question behind…
The Abbott government is preparing to give Australians a tax cut, but Treasurer Joe Hockey seems confused as to just how much tax we pay. Dean Lewins/AAP

The truth about bracket creep and Hockey’s tax tales

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey claims taxpayers are already paying 50 cents in the dollar of their income to the government and that bracket creep will push the average income earner into the second top…
Double J staff in the early days. The station’s been going strong for 40 years. ABC Radio

Happy birthday Triple J: Australian radio’s enfant terrible turns 40

Australia’s public youth radio station, Triple J, turns 40 today. On January 19 1975, Triple J’s AM predecessor, Double J, infamously burst onto Sydney’s airwaves with the track, You Just Like Me Cause…
Lake Pedder is within Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. Could it benefit from greater tourism development? Romain

Paradise gained – how tourism could help Tasmania’s wilderness

The recent leaking of a new draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) has prompted vigorous debate over the merits of tourism development in protected areas. Specifically…
Kids usually find more interesting things to do on summer break than read books…but this can interrupt their progress in reading. Shutterstock

Preventing your kids' summer reading slide

As the warmer weather settles in we know that it isn’t long before children are free of the restraints of school for another year. The regular reading that is a part of many children’s school day suddenly…
Scott Morrison has lobbied and manoeuvred for months for an expansion or change of role. AAP/Lukas Coch

The big winner in Abbott’s reshuffle is the ambitious Scott Morrison

Tony Abbott has seized the opportunity for a significant reshuffle that he says puts “jobs and families” at the heart of his 2015 agenda, as he seeks to “reset and refocus” his battered government. The…
Tony Abbott leads a cabinet meeting earlier this year, flanked by the only woman currently in his senior ministry, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. AAPImage/Alan Porritt

Abbott should be bold with his reshuffle

Tony Abbott’s imminent ministerial reshuffle has become a serious test of the Prime Minister’s leadership. Will he wimp it, or make the most of the opportunity? Now that the Independent Commission Against…
Senator Arthur Sinodinos has resigned, as prime minister Tony Abbott prepares to reshuffle his team. AAP/Paul Miller

Sinodinos quits ministry as reshuffle looms

Senator Arthur Sinodinos has announced his resignation from the ministry, clearing the way for Prime Minister Tony Abbott…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott needs to contain the backbiting and discontent in the higher reaches of his government. AAP/Lukas Coch

Grattan on Friday: Being a ‘better government’ will be a big job

After getting a serious bollocking from Ray Hadley on Thursday, Tony Abbott told the Sydney shock jock that he’s determined to be “a better prime minister with a better government and a more effective…
If Pyne’s deregulation plan for unis fails to pass the Senate again, there are some alternatives that will preserve our higher education system. AAP

What if Pyne’s uni plan fails again? Some sensible alternatives

The government will introduce amended legislation for higher education reform into the Senate next year for further debate. But how do we keep higher education sustainable if the package is torpedoed again…

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