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Cash-in-hand economy and illegal drugs trade costing Australia billions

Cash-in-hand economy and illegal drugs trade costing Australia billions | Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica | Scoop.it
Australia's black economy and illegal drugs trade are officially worth $30 billion a year.

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The issue of illegal drugs in Australia 

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Viviana Abigail's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:40 AM

This article I chose falls under the economy category. Australia's black economy and illegal drugs trade are officially worth $30 billion a year. The Bureau of Statistics has estimated the nation's "underground production" is worth 1.5 per cent of gross domestic product or about $24 billion a year. The annual trade in illegal drugs is worth another 0.4 per cent of GPD or about $6.5 billion a year.

Chloe and Devynne's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:03 PM

This article is about Australia's economy. in this article it talks about how illegal drug trading is hurting Australia.

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Australia: New studies reject market-based education | TheAge.com.au

Australia: New studies reject market-based education | TheAge.com.au | Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica | Scoop.it

Only 6000 words really matter in the 24-page document, yet they're enough to demolish claims made by politicians and critics of schools about the way to solve the innumerable problems that teachers face every day.

 

The document also identifies the three key challenges confronting Australian education: children are starting school below their expected level of ability; our top students are not doing as well as their international peers; and the gap between the nation's best students and the worst performers is the biggest among most developed countries.

 

Academics in Melbourne University's graduate school of education prepared the document as a "green paper". Titled Focusing on the learner: Charting a way forward for Australian education, the paper warns that without significant changes in education policies, Australia is unlikely to achieve the federal government's goal of becoming a top-five nation by 2025 in terms of our students' performance in reading, science and mathematics.

 

Those policies being by promoted by state and federal governments have cost millions of dollars with little gain in student or teacher learning. They include plans for greater school autonomy, giving parents more choice, and test-based accountability – none of which improve student outcomes, the paper says. Countries with top-performing education systems employ a different mix of policies than Australia, and "quality teaching" is their platform for success.

 

Too many of Australia's education policies are devoted to matters that ultimately have little impact on student learning, the paper says. Market-based notions of choice, competition, accountability and standardisation have been tried unsuccessfully by other Western countries, "none of which are high performers internationally".

 

This is the second recent authoritative report to reject arguments by the federal government and the Opposition that competition between schools and market forces will improve student outcomes. The Grattan Institute's study, The Myth of Markets in School Education, also concludes this is simply not true.


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Education in Australia, being reformed....?

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Viviana Abigail's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:54 AM

This article I chose falls under the intellectual/arts education category. This document identifies the three key challenges confronting Australian education: children are starting school below their expected level of abilittop their top students are not doing as well as their international peers; and the gap between the nation's best students and the worst performers is the biggest among most developed countries.

delaneygrimes-sarahmcfadyen's comment, October 4, 2013 11:34 AM
The main summarization of this article includes that Australia was estimated/ had hoped to become one of the top-five nations by 2050 but that dream soon fell through as their education consistency became less and less. This article identifies the 3 main education problems of Australia. It also states the Australia is creating many solutions to education problems but very little actually are affecting students. The article relates to intellectual/ arts through education and states many facts that connects Australia to the rest of the world.
delaneygrimes-sarahmcfadyen's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:07 PM

 

The main summarization of this article includes that Australia was estimated/ had hoped to become one of the top-five nations by 2050 but that dream soon fell through as their education consistency became less and less. This article identifies the 3 main education problems of Australia. It also states the Australia is creating many solutions to education problems but very little actually are affecting students. The article relates to "intellectual/ arts" through education and states many facts that connects Australia to the rest of the world.

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What will a Tony Abbott, Coalition government mean for small business?

What will a Tony Abbott, Coalition government mean for small business? | Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica | Scoop.it
Tony Abbott and the Coalition have won the election - so what will the next three years look like for small business?

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The truth about visual arts

The truth about visual arts | Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica | Scoop.it
A new report by the Australia Council Art Facts: Visual Arts reveals that more Australians are creating visual arts and crafts than any other artform.

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Arts in Australia is a pretty popular thing 

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Aussie Rules Football, Your Social Media Guide to the Grand Final

Aussie Rules Football, Your Social Media Guide to the Grand Final | Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica | Scoop.it

Image Courtesy of M. Marsh Photography The Australian Football League has taken to social media to boost their brand.


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Entertainment. 

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Megan and Hillary's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:23 PM

This article in the social category  cause it about how's the social media is going crazy over Australia's football team and how there garland final is this weekend

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Australia's federal election just couldn't face up to climate change

Australia's federal election just couldn't face up to climate change | Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica | Scoop.it
Graham Readfearn: Australia's competing political leaders ignore the real climate debate as the country heads towards the polls

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You got this AustraliaAustralia

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