9 News | Monday 15 April 2019
The Australian | Saturday 13 April 2019
Bill Shorten’s high-taxing manifesto has come under attack over concerns that Labor will deny investment opportunities for struggling parents and impose tough new penalties on small business owners over their tax affairs, as the election fight erupts into a battle over the hip pockets of working Australians.
The first official day of the election campaign centred on the competing tax agendas of the major parties, with real estate agents, accountants and business groups hitting back over Labor’s policies, which the Opposition Leader claims are aimed at the top end of town.
Education for Launceston and the North-West's Brethren community has taken on a new form, with Oakwood School offering technology-laden ways of learning.
Oakwood School is an amalgamation of the former Devonport and Launceston Brethren school and has now joined a global network of schools for Brethren children.
Australian Financial Review | Monday 1 April 2019
Microsoft Australia managing director Steven Worrall and Telstra executive Michael Ebeid warn that business, governments and workers are woefully unprepared for robots to displace up to 6.5 million jobs.
The pair join tech heavyweights such as Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes and venture capitalist Daniel Petre who warn "we need to act now", ahead of a major conference kicking off on Monday to urge action.
The Sydney Morning Herald | Saturday 30 March 2019
Something roared to life last month that, if it works as expected, will change how one of Australia’s biggest companies does business forever.
Surrounded by empty farmland on Melbourne's outer south-east, the robots in Woolworths' brand new distribution centre started to churn out their first deliveries to supermarkets around Victoria.
Architecture & Design | Friday 29 March 2019
The new Government should focus on social cohesion, economic equality and creating more inclusive communities, says NSW’s peak social services body, the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS).
Congratulating the Berejiklian Government on their re-election, NCOSS says the people of NSW have given them an opportunity to work with the social services sector and disadvantaged communities to build a fairer, more cohesive state.
The Examiner | Friday 29 March 2019
A FORMER banking call centre has been transformed into an education hub.
Oakwood School in Launceston has recently refitted out the property, at the Technopark at Kings Meadows, over the past 12 months. Oakwood School is a school used by the Brethren community, who typically restrict access with the wider community and use of technology.
The school has campuses in Launceston and Hobart, and is part of the global network of OneSchool established by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.
As part of OneSchool Global's ecosystem, Oakwood School delivers a mainstream education to Brethren students, utilising Zoom video conferencing to provide students with choice from a broad range ofsubjects.
Oakwood Launceston regional principal Damien Barry said the campus was unique because it was built around a "learning centre of virtual classrooms."
"Our learning centre is connected to all virtual classrooms working in tandem," he said.
"We are the only school in Australia that has a learning centre attached to multiple virtual classrooms."
Oakwood Launceston was established in 1995 and offers education to Brethren students from grade 3 to year12.
Mr Barry said all the spaces within Oakwood School are versatile and adaptable to cater for different students, year levels, subjects andteachers.
"Our primary school and high school are under one roof, creating exceptional opportunities for collaborative learning and mentoring.
"You do not get this opportunity at larger school campuses,"he said.
Launceston's learning centre offers a range of different learning and collaboration spaces as part of the school's self-directed learning approach.
Mr Barry said this approach required students to prepare themselves ahead of class, for example through watching prescribed video or pre-reading course material and bring to class questions to seek guidance from their teachers. Teachers at the school were non-Brethren members who have years of experience working in independent and government schools. Mr Barry said the success of the development of the campus and its ongoing operations is largely due to the partnership between the school's professional staff and the supportive Brethren community.
The Daily Telegraph | Thursday 28 March 2019
Balgowlah's Asha Boswarva will grace audiences tonight as the loveable Shirley Hasting for the opening night of Redlands' Strictly Ballroom musical adaptation.
After five months of intensive rehearsals for up to 16 hours per week since October last year, more than 120 students from years seven to 12 will bring to audiences a musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 iconic award-winning film at The Concourse in Chatswood.
The Daily Telegraph | Thursday 28 March 2019
THE opening night of Redlands' musical production of Strictly Ballroom has arrived.
The Manly Daily caught up with female lead performer Clontarf’s Rebecca Burchett, who hopes to deliver the performance of a lifetime-so-far after five months of intensive rehearsals.
The Australian | Wednesday 27 March 2019
Building delays may be a regular occurrence over the next five years if the surveyor shortage facing much of the country does not improve.
NSW and Victorian construction markets are the worst affected, with the overall difference between labour demand and the existing workforce peaking in 2019.
Third Sector | Tuesday 26 March 2019
NSW’s peak social services body, the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) has congratulated the Berejiklian Government on being re-elected at the weekend.
NCOSS said the people of NSW have given the re-elected Government an opportunity to work with the sector and disadvantaged communities to build a fairer, more cohesive state.
The Leader | Monday 25 March 2019
The wheels are turning in support of a cause close to many hearts this month.
These cyclists are part of the Sydney 2 CAMberra event, which raises money to Stillbirth Foundation and Red Nose Australia (formerly SIDS and Kids).
The Daily Telegraph | Sunday 24 March 2019
The Family Law actor Trystan Go will take the lead in the St Andrew’s Cathedral School musical, Fiddler on the Roof from April 4-6.
The rising Coogee star has also only recently wrapped up filming for sci-fi feature film Occupation Rainfall, the highly anticipated follow-up to the Australian-produced sci-fi blockbuster Occupation, alongside Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) and US actor Ken Jeong.
The Australian | Tuesday 19 March 2019
More than a dozen candidates are seeking US Democratic Party nomination to take on Donald Trump next year. More, including former vice-president Joe Biden, are expected to announce they are joining the race. But this contest is shaping up to be as much a battle for the presidency as it is for the soul of the Democratic Party.
The moderate centrist politics personified by the two-term presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama may be a thing of the past. The Democratic Party is shifting leftwards and is becoming radicalised, as its congressional and gubernatorial leaders advocate a new era of big government spending, regulation and redistribution, even socialism.
ABC News, The World | Tuesday 19 March 2019
Australian Financial Review | Sunday 17 March 2019
Governments may have to step in to bridge a combustible cladding-related insurance gap that is widening in the wake of the Lacrosse judgment.
Insurers last year started raising premiums and inserting cladding-related policy exclusions for professionals such as building surveyors and certifiers, but last month's judgment finding building surveyor Gardner Group, fire engineer Thomas Nicolas and architect Elenberg Fraser liable for the use of combustible non-compliant cladding on the Lacrosse residential tower in Melbourne, has accelerated the process.
Sky News | Friday 15 March 2019
The Leader | Thursday 14 March 2019
Two talented students from St George and Sutherland Shire are preparing to take centre-stage in NIDA's production of Fiddler on the Roof in April this year.
The St Andrew's Cathedral school musical will feature Sutherland Shire teenagers and students of St Andrew's, Lara Winsbury and Olivia Vouris, who will perform in the production at NIDA's Parade Theatre at Kensington.
The Australian | Thursday 14 March 2019
Australia’s economic growth ground to a near standstill in the second half of last year and the economy is now experiencing a per capita recession, igniting fears the 27-year stretch of uninterrupted expansion is coming to an end.
As troubling as the GDP numbers are, Australia has been experiencing a period of wage stagnation since the global financial crisis, similar to that which has vexed the US economy since 2001, characterised by a decoupling of wages and productivity growth.
Australian Public Affairs partnered with McKinsey & Company for the media and event launch of their major research report, Australia’s automation opportunity.
This is the Australian Public Affairs team at the event, which brought together government, industry and educational leaders to kick-start a national discussion about Australia’s response to the automation age.