Will proposed reforms to VET FEE-HELP tackle abuse by private providers?
Under the proposed plan for reform, there is still a risk that private providers will continue to shop between the Commonwealth and the states for the best price and conditions.
Is the benefit of a university education overstated?
Young people today will need to be more flexible and more entrepreneurial than in the past. Universities can help by designing courses that will have value in a rapidly changing economy.
Predictions that top women athletes will soon be competing with the best men, and may even outperform them someday, have not borne out.
A 1992 paper predicted that if women's running performance continued to improve as rapidly as it had since the 1920s, top women athletes would soon be running as quickly as the men.
The living room TV isn’t the only way to watch the Olympics these days.
Seven West Media
The way we consume sport is changing, and that's having massive ramifications on the way sport and broadcast television are funded.
Paula Radcliffe holds the world record in the women’s marathon, at 2:15:25.
Just like an efficient car on a long trip, the best marathon runners also use less energy to run at a given speed.
What are some alternatives to the ATAR?
In determining a replacement for the ATAR, it will be essential to consider the impacts of any such change on the school and vocational education systems.
Athletes must execute their individualised race plan to the best of their ability to win.
Races at the international level are often decided by as little as 0.01 of a second.
Gold medal winner Mack Horton (centre) said he had no time or respect for drug cheats in reference to silver medallist Sun Yang.
Rarely do we see such unscripted individual honesty on difficult topics such as doping, right in the middle of arguably the biggest international sporting stage.
Students pay between $6,256 and $10,440 for a university degree, depending on which course they choose to study.
After almost a decade of failed processes to reform the current funding system, the government must produce a revised system that improves the quality of outcomes for students in all courses.
Given how much money, time and effort has been invested in schooling reforms, why aren’t we seeing substantial improvement across Australia?
Average NAPLAN results don’t tell the full story. Diving into the details is essential if we are to understand what is going on in Australian education.
Footballer Adam Goodes was daring to speak of things that many Australians would prefer to be ignorant of.
Until we see a marked change in the stories that are told, together with a shift from inclusion to social justice, the national story of Australian sport will remain very, very white.
A rare sight these days, with the decline of the VHS.
The era of the VCR is coming to a close, but it's impact on the way we consume and produce content has been profound.
The Australian netball team after their gold medal win at the Netball World Cup in 2015.
AAP Image/Paul Miller
Netball – one of Australia's most popular sports – is on track to turn professional. Is this an exciting new chapter for female athletes? Or does netball's success draw attention from other sports, where women can smack balls, and roam freely?
In a citizens' jury, difficult issues are passionately but respectfully discussed by a cross-section of people from the community.
NHS Citizen Assembly
A citizens' jury has been working to refresh the Future Melbourne strategy. It's part of a broader shift from government decision-making for communities to decision-making with communities.
Capping the number of students at current levels would reduce future participation in tertiary education.
One option could be to cut per-student funding and instead raise the student contribution from an average of about 40% to 50%, by raising HECS caps.
Is there one type of fruit that’s more nutritious?
To try and make eating fruit easier, get the most nutritionally from what we eat and avoid wastage, it is important to consider the best stage to eat fruits from harvesting to over-ripening.
Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic diseases later in life.
Almost three in four Australian children consume too much sugar, 91.5% of young people don't get enough exercise, and we're among the most obese people in the world.
A lack of constructive critique of the EU’s failings is giving rise to widespread European populism and dissent.
Europe at the moment is divided into two stark responses to the EU – exit or remain. A third, better option would be to stay, but challenge and change it from within.
Cycling can help when it comes to challenges to our mental health like grief and depression.
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Paying to watch broadcasts from the Olympics games in Rio this year is a new venture for the Seven Network.
The Seven Network's decision to offer an additional subscription service for its coverage of the Rio Olympics makes it the first free-to-air broadcaster in Australia to charge for broadcasting sport.