Morrison’s nanny program risks undercutting quality care

Social Services minister Scott Morrison has unveiled the first part of the Abbott government’s “families package” ahead of next month’s federal budget and the signs are not good. With the announcement of a $246 million two year pilot nanny subsidy program for low to middle income families, Morrison is signalling clearly he is willing to […]

What are they thinking?

I often pass a new building on my daily walk. On several occasions I’ve seen workers painting over tags that have appeared overnight on a formerly pristine white wall. Recently, in response to a painter’s nod, I commented ‘That’s almost a fulltime job’. He replied with considerable feeling: ‘I’ve got no time for the mongrels. […]

Bringing mindfulness to life at school

‘Mindfulness’ as a concept and a practice has rapidly entered the zeitgeist, helping to define the spirit and ideas of our times, including in education. Not much more than a decade ago a Google search for mindfulness and education would show the Garrison Institute Initiative for Contemplative Teaching and Learning at the top of the […]

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