Hidden Folks is an interactive Where’s Wally-esque game with charming graphics and sound effects.
Carlton smashed Collingwood in the inaugural AFLW match tonight. Good stuff.
The match was booked for an oval with a capacity of 24,500, but thousands more were locked out. I put that down to the AFL’s disrespect for the women. They still don’t believe people want to watch women’s footy, despite a long history proving the opposite: “More than 41,000 people turned out to watch a women’s football match on Adelaide Oval in 1929.” A proper league has been a long time coming.
I often wonder why there is no Australian version of the Amicus podcast. Melbourne Uni’s Opinions on High blog is useful, but a journalist exploring big cases in a more conversational style would be great.
Listening to the most recent episode, I realised that even if somebody started one here, it couldn’t be the same: Amicus played clips of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Ginsberg in oral argument, which is not allowed by our High Court.
The High Court now streams video of its hearings (a day or two after the fact), but the rules for using those feeds are excessively restrictive. I’m glad I have been able to show my students the swearing-in of Australia’s first woman Chief Justice, but that’s about the only way these recordings can be shared.
These are records of public hearings, which have already been sanitised by the Court prior to publication, and they should be free for journalists to use.
I like this story:
Lowe’s 15-year-old daughter came home from school with a burning question that would leave an impression on the RBA chief: what was he doing to make sure women have equal chances at the central bank?
“I didn’t have a really good answer at first and she said ‘that’s not good enough,”‘ 55-year-old Lowe said in his first interview after taking over as governor four months ago. “So that made me think about where we’re going.”
Since then, Lowe has promoted women to two of three RBA assistant governor roles focused on monetary policy — the first time females have held such positions.
Now, not every 15-year-old is the daughter of a powerful man like RBA Governor Philip Lowe, but the point remains: young people who stand up for their convictions can effect change. It’s a nice reminder, at the start of a new school year.
Ben reviews cookbooks.
In a back-to-school column, Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shephard question whether we really have private schools in Australia any more.
Years ago we began to widen school choice by increasing public funding of private schools. We were told this … would be a good deal for taxpayers when families paid much of the schooling bill. … And now [that] promise – that publicly subsidised private schools would actually save public funds – is under challenge. The public funding of private schools has risen to the level where the running costs of most private schools are now substantially met by combined state and federal funding. If a private school is defined by who pays then they are rapidly becoming public.
They still collect fees, a hangover from when they needed the money to match the investment in public schools. But for all but the wealthiest schools the fee income seems to be icing on the cake. When we realise that schools enrolling similar students churn out similar results, it becomes harder to justify the icing – especially when governments are such big partners.
(Fair play to Bonnor and Shephard, they’ve managed to blow some fresh wind into the sails of a report they wrote six months ago for the Centre for Policy Development: Uneven Playing Field: The State of Australia’s Schools.)
My very safe prediction for 2017 is that the usual suspects (Simon Birmingham, Kevin Donnelly, the IPA muppets) will again tell us that increased education spending hasn’t improved our academic results, and that it’s more important to consider how the money is spent.
I agree! Let’s ask whether the money pumped into over-resourced private schools couldn’t be better used elsewhere.