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Think of the ranking system like a queue. The closer you are to the front of the queue, the more likely you are to get a university spot. from shutterstock.com

What actually is an ATAR? First of all it’s a rank, not a score

The ATAR is mainly used as an efficient way for universities to decide which students can be offered a place in a certain course.

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Industry funders can go to great lengths to suppress the findings of academic research when it’s not favourable to the company. from shutterstock.com

When big companies fund academic research, the truth often comes last

Most medical research is funded by industry, not public sources. And industry puts pressure on researchers in many ways, from guiding the research question to suppressing unfavourable findings.

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Student climate strikes

Why would striking students end up in the ‘dole’ queue’ when they’re seeking to understand a global issue, taking action and clearly articulating their perspective? Julien De Rosa/AAP

Students striking for climate action are showing the exact skills employers look for

When politicians caution against student strikes for climate action, they are going against the aims of Australia's curriculum to develop citizens with a social conscience, willing to take action.

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