Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said Labor MPs disproportionately come from unions.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said "you can’t reflect society if 90% of your members of parliament were chosen from trade unions and worked in trade unions". Let's take a look at the numbers.
A Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Our research project sought to investigate the capacity of professional sport to communicate environmental issues and awareness.
Did the minister or any of his staff read our application or any of the other ten he chose to reject?
In 2017 and 2018, as education minister, Simon Birmingham vetoed 11 ARC grants in the humanities.
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Projects submitted to the Australian Research Council are vetted heavily by panels of experts. Minister Birmingham's decision undermines this process.
Attrition rates are high for part-time and online students, but it’s important we keep providing these modes of study.
We should accept a modest level of attrition so we can keep providing opportunities for part-time and online students, who might not otherwise be able to study.
Many English providers already meet the “new” standards.
Contrary to some reports, there is no new English language test for international students - the government is simply expanding standards already being met by most providers.
What will it take to give Australia’s space agency wings? Image from the opening ceremony at IAC2017.
The excitement over the announcement of a space agency for Australia has now quietened. So it's time to work out what we want, and how to get there.
Space inspires, and the establishment of a Space Agency in Australia is well positioned to drive engagement in STEM.
Where to next on higher education reform?
Though more moderate than the 2014 version, the new higher education reform package represents groundhog day for the major political parties.
While it may not be perfect, Gonski 2.0 greatly improves equity in the way we fund Australian schools.
The passage of the new schools funding program is a big win for Australian children.
The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break.
Simon Birmingham met Catholic education representatives on Monday night, receiving such a haranguing that at times it was difficult for him to get a word in.
The government is counting on a deal with the Greens or the support of most of the other Senate crossbenchers to pass its schools funding package.
Critics are expected to speak out in the partyroom on Tuesday, demanding more information about the effects of the schools package on the Catholic sector.
Sarah Hanson-Young has come up against the pressure of the Australian Education Union.
Some Liberals love to deride Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young. In the past, the government’s immigration minister and attack dog, Peter Dutton, was particularly insulting when she was spokeswoman in his…
Catholic schools haven’t always received government funding.
Federal and state government funding to the Catholic sector does not necessarily then flow straight to the school.
Haunted by the unpopular 2014 budget, the government is treading more carefully with its new education policies.
Malcolm Turnbull is trying to take some of the shine off Labor’s political advantage on education.
The Turnbull government is seeking to seize the political initiative on schools, with a big funding injection and the appointment of David Gonski to chair a 'Gonski 2.0' review.
There could be much bigger changes ahead for universities.
Hidden in the detail of the latest higher education reform package, there are talks of creating teaching-only universities.
Simon Birmingham said the reforms were ‘fair, reasonable and necessary’.
The government is seeking savings of $2.8 billion from higher education over the budget period, in another attempt at a major shake-up of Australia's university sector.
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham with preschool children at a childcare centre.
Here's how the government's new childcare plan will change the way families are given assistance with paying for child care.
Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull government has ‘already had great success in terms of reducing the rate of price growth’.
The education minister says that under Labor there were child care price spikes of up to 14% over a 12 month period, but under the Coalition those have fallen to "around 6% on average". Is that right?
Universities will now need to use common language around their admissions processes.
The government has announced it will accept recommendations to make the university admissions process more transparent. But that alone isn't enough.