Young Generation

Let unis raise fees, Xenophon tells Pyne in call for full review

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INDEPENDENT Senator Nick Xenophon yesterday wrote to Education Minister Christopher Pyne, proposing the government commit to a full review of higher education, with universities ­allowed to increase fees up to a capped level as an interim ­measure. The Australian - Julie Hare, Health & Education Editor, Sydney – Rosie Lewis, Reporter, Canberra “I still have significant concerns regarding deregulation, as do many of my ... Read More »

Young, gifted and Greek: Generation G – the world’s biggest brain drain

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More than 200,000 Greeks have left the country since the financial crisis hit. The Guardian meets some who will be watching this weekend’s elections with great interest The Guardian – Helena Smith in Athens Call them Generation G: young, talented, Greek – and part of the biggest brain drain in an advanced western economy in modern times. As the country lurches ... Read More »

Miracle boy, but campaign to stop mutilation of girls goes on

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IT sometimes takes a kick to the ribs to jolt Khadija Gbla out of a state of disbelief. Babies can pack a pretty good punch though, and it’s a fair guess that the unborn child of this brave activist possesses more than his fair share of fighting spirit. The Australian – Natasha Robinson, Senior Writer, Sydney He is the baby that Ms ... Read More »

More than 100 Manus Island asylum seekers go on hunger strike

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- Hunger-striking asylum seekers on Manus protest over treatment in detention – Fears Iranian asylum seeker on hunger strike in Darwin could die – All children released from detention on Christmas Island but 468 children remain in Australian immigration detention – Cambodian officials arrive on Nauru to promote refugees transfer deal More than 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island have ... Read More »

Why hasn’t Japan banned child-porn comics?

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Japan’s comics and cartoons – known as manga and anime – are a huge cultural industry and famous around the world. By James Fletcher – BBC News, Tokyo But some are shocking, featuring children in sexually explicit scenarios. Why has Japan decided against banning this material? It’s a Sunday afternoon in Tokyo and Sunshine Creation is in full swing. Thousands of ... Read More »

Study: Gifted children benefit from bypassing school for university

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While his kindergarten classmates were learning to tie their shoelaces, Jacob Bradd was solving algebra problems. By third grade he was working his way through a university calculus textbook. And at 13, he blitzed HSC extension maths after only knuckling down to study a week from the exams. The Age – Amy McNeilage, Reporter It was this astonishing progression that propelled him ... Read More »

Tony Abbott’s ‘compassionate parents’ comments irritate and are presumptive

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Not having children doesn’t make you less compassionate The Age - Terry Barnes In his wider than expected ministerial reshuffle, Prime Minister Tony Abbott promoted his tough-as-an-old boot Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, into an expanded portfolio of Social Services. Even before Abbott’s press conference announcing the changes began, Twitter pundits were joking that Morrison’s mantra would change ... Read More »

China grandfather defends petition to expel HIV-positive boy: report

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The grandfather of a Chinese HIV-positive boy has defended his support for a petition to banish him from their village, media reported Saturday, in a case that has sparked intense soul-searching in China. SBS Some 200 residents – including the eight-year-old’s own grandfather – signed a petition to expel him from their village in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, in a ... Read More »

Child soldier recruitment soars in Central African Republic: Save the Children

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A new report by aid agency Save the Children estimates there are as many as 10,000 active child soldiers fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) – a four fold increase since a violent civil war broke out two years ago. ABC – Africa Correspondent Martin Cuddihy Recruitment there started when violence broke out in 2012 between majority Christian and Muslim ... Read More »