25 mars 2017

Is the TPP really dead? ( Advocate 24 01)

By Jen T. Kwok. On 23 January 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), derailing the aspirations of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who only weeks before had agreed to coordinate Australia and Japan’s early entry into the multilateral trade agreement. More...

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It’s a mess! Trump in the White House (Advocate 24 01)

By Paul Kniest. Lorretta Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer of the 1.6 million member strong American Teachers Federation (AFT) was visiting Australia in January and the NTEU with the AEU (Australian Education Union) asked her to present a seminar on “Trump in the White House – Where to Now for Trade Unions, Education and Social Justice?”. More...

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2017: Year of the Rooster or Year of the Feather Duster? (Advocate 24 01)

By Paul Kniest. From a higher education policy perspective, 2017, the Year of the Rooster, is shaping up as being “an interesting time”. The question is, will 2017 be the year that higher education policy follows the lunar calendar and be remembered as the year the higher education policy rooster crowed, or will it be remembered as the year of the feather duster. More...

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Lifting parallel import restrictions (Advocate 24 01)

By Andrew MacDonald. Chatter around the lifting of Parallel Import Restrictions (PIRs) on books has become something of a feature of the start of the academic year in recent times. However, with speculation mounting that the Turnbull Government may seek to introduce legislation to abolish the measures – which restrict the importing of books for resale in instances where Australian publishers have exclusive rights – the stakes look to be rising. More...

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Dancing with Dinosaurs

By Paul Clifton. We live in troubled times. US President Donald Trump has a media office that openly presents what it calls “alternative facts”, which would more accurately be termed barefaced lies. The Brexit vote and the election of Trump have been celebrated by those who say, in the words actually used by a Conservative MP in the UK, that people “have had enough of experts”. More...

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The elephant in the room

By Paul Clifton. After the US election result, the majority of my academic friends seemed to cycle through Kubler Ross’s seven stages of grief in rapid succession. Shock and disbelief was quickly replaced by Anger. In the period before the inauguration the lefty, academic side of the Internet seemed to indulge in Bargaining (“maybe the electoral college won’t accept him?”) then guilt (“what about all the poor/white/rural/factory workers whom we ignored or laughed at”). After the brief high of the women’s march, like many of my academic friends I slid right into stage four Depression. The feeling has deepened, as many Australian politicians seem to be falling over themselves to line up behind the whole Trumpapoolza thing. More...

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Benign language hides awful truth of privatisation of public education

By Paul Clifton. It’s incredible how innocuous governments can make major change to legislation education sound. Phrases like “consistent treatment of public and private tertiary education providers” and “increased funding flexibility ...to respond quickly to changes in student demand and government policy” seem somewhat benign on a casual read. More...

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Defining the “good university” not enough (Advocate 24 01)

By Jeannie Rea. In Australia cheating, whether through old fashioned plagiarising or buying the services of others to complete assignments, is reportedly more prolific amongst international and postgraduate coursework students paying high fees in a deregulated market place. Across the board, apparently more students are cheating as fees and the cost of living increase along with the costs of failing. More...

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Voldemort and the elephant in the room

By . In Harry Potter books, the supreme villain is one whose name should not be spoken. At the AIEA conference sessions, keynote speakers and conversations among colleagues did make repeated reference to the new President and his allies. He was almost constantly talked about, both indirectly and in name.  And his policy initiatives both ridiculed and riled against. More...

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24 mars 2017

Tackling crop losses at the root means sharing knowledge

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "oecd-development-matters.org"All farmers are affected by pests and diseases attacking their crops, but smallholder farmers and their dependents in low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected. To put it in perspective, there are about 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide who feed about 70% of the world’s population. More...

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