Uni funding changes in doubt as crossbench senators stake their claims

Uni funding changes in doubt as crossbench senators stake their claims

Posted September 13, 2017 00:04:30 The Federal Government is facing an uphill battle to get its plan to overhaul university funding through the Senate by the end of this week. Back in May, the Education Minister unveiled the plan to gradually increase student fees from next year and to make students start repaying their HELP loans once they are earning $42,000 a year, down from the current threshold of around $55,000. Under the changes, universities will also be hit with a 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend for the next two…

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Vetting of social media, phones possible as part of travel ban review

Vetting of social media, phones possible as part of travel ban review

“Each of the opportunities that the US government has to interview and/or vet potential inbound travelers is being reviewed,” acting Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello said at AFCEA’s Homeland Security Conference in Washington on Tuesday. “Looking at things like social media, looking at things like smart phones, those kinds of windows, if you will, into people’s backgrounds and their activity,” he added. The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department are evaluating all the “opportunities” for the US to assess potential travelers to the country, The…

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Worst of Catholic sexual abuse scandal still to come in developing world: report

Worst of Catholic sexual abuse scandal still to come in developing world: report

Updated September 13, 2017 09:01:08 Photo: Children and teenagers in church-run orphanages are at serious risk of abuse, the report says. (Getty Images: Godong/UIG) Related Story: Catholic Church’s own abuse review boss says it’s unlikely to change Related Story: Breaking the seal of confession could pit church against state The worst of the Catholic sexual abuse scandal may be over in Australia, but the crisis is likely to hit the church in Asia, Africa and parts of Europe within a decade, a report has warned. The RMIT study, Child Sexual…

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Supreme Court: Trump admin can keep travel ban on most refugees

Supreme Court: Trump admin can keep travel ban on most refugees

Without comment, the court blocked a federal appeals court ruling from last week that would have exempted refugees who have a contractual commitment from resettlement organizations from the travel ban while the justices consider its legality. The ruling could impact roughly 24,000 people. The travel ban bars certain people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US. The issue concerning the scope of the travel ban has been ricocheting through the courts since last spring when the Supreme Court allowed Trump’s ban to go into effect…

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Mao's last dancer breaks 18-year retirement for Queensland performance

Mao's last dancer breaks 18-year retirement for Queensland performance

Updated September 12, 2017 19:10:07 Photo: Li will perform in The Nutcracker in Brisbane this year for his Queensland Ballet. (ABC News: Stefan Lowe) “Mao’s Last Dancer” Li Cunxin is coming out of retirement to star in a special performance of The Nutcracker in Brisbane. It has been 18 years since the now Queensland ballet artistic director has performed professionally, but in the ballet world apparently you never say never. The world-famous dancer has been enticed to make the comeback for one night only on December 10 this year —…

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