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Educational opportunity

Shocking school exit rate demands action
The Age Editorial, 28 October 2015.

School dropouts + vouchers = Time to revisit Gonski 
Sydney Morning Herold Editorial, 28 October 2015. 

We should mind the gap, not the graduation stats 
Greg Jericho, ABC The Drum, 28 October 2015. 

Inequality Still Undermines Australia’s Education System. The Good News Is We Know How To Fix It 
Ben Eltham, New Matilda, 27 October 2015.

Australian education fails one in four young people – but not the wealthy ones 
Professor Stephen Lamb, The Conversation, 26 October 2015.

Why your school should join forces with its community 
Brett Henebery, The Educator, 27 October 2015. 

Secondary school as a second chance: missing out and catching up in the education system 
Dr Sara Glover speaks on ABC Life Matters, 26 October 2015. 

One in four Australian students drop out of high school, study finds 
Jessica Longbottom, ABC News, 26 October 2015.

Quarter of Australian students drop out, new report reveals 
Timna Jacks, The Age /Sydney Morning Herald, 26 October 2015. 

Country schools try creative solutions to overcome disadvantage 
Kate Nancarrow, The Age, 26 October 2015.

‘One in four’ Australian students drops out of high school 
SBS News, 26 October 2015.

School education

Creativity is emerging as a ‘must-have’ in education 
Dr Sara Glover, ABC Splash education online, 8 December 2015. 

Networks to lift disadvantaged schools 
Tom Bentley, RN Life Matters, 3 June 2015

Don’t force it: elusive solutions to Australia’s STEM problem 
David Donaldson, 1 June 2015

Western Sydney school making migrant parents proud 
Bruce McFougall, The Daily Telegraph, 30 May 2015

Don’t copy Asia on rote learning, schools told 
Natasha Bita, The Australian, 28 May 2015

High-performing Asian countries shed traditional education systems 
Antonia Maiolo, Education Review, 28 May 2015

Playing catch-up to Asia risky, warns expert 
Sarah Bachman, The Educator, 28 May 2015

School segregation exacerbates inequality 

Antonia Maiolo, Education Review, 21 May 2015

Rich school, poor school: battle for resources creates academic divide 

Timna Jacks, The Age, 15 May 2015

‘Selection by mortgage’ causing unequal school outcomes 
David Donaldson, The Mandarin, 15 May 2015

Parents who say no to Naplan 
RN Life Matters interview, 19 May 2015 

The Myth of Chinese Super Schools 
Diane Ravitch, The New York Review of Books, 20 November 2014. Review of Mitchell Professorial Fellow Yong Zhao’s: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World

Templestowe School in a class of its own 
Benjamin Priess, The Age, 7 September 2014

Education lessons from Asia 
Geraldine Doogue, RN Saturday Extra, 30 August 2014

Country students falling behind at school 
Jewel Topsfield, The Age, 29 August 2014

Lesson that matter: what should we learn from Asian education? 
Yong Zhao, RN Saturday Extra, 29 August 2014

Independents Day? The report card on autonomous public schools 
David Donaldson, The Mandarin, 5 August 2014

Hands off, Canberra: education is better off with the states 
Bronwyn Hinz, The Conversation, 14 July 2014

Tony Abbott backs US-style corporate schools 
Bronwyn Hinz, RN Drive, 12 June 2014

The promises and problems facing Pyne 
Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review, 2 December 2013 

Looking beyond the money 
Luke Slattery, The Melbourne Review, December 2013

Pyne fails basic lessons of politics 
Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review, 30 November 2013

Standardised school tests kill creativity, says US expert 
Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review, 25 November 2013

Early Childhood

Expert panel, Early Childhood National Reform Symposium, November 2015 
Mitchell Director Dr Sara Glover speaks alongside SA Premier Jay Weatherill, the Hon. Susan Close MP, Professor Edward Melhuish, and Samantha Page. 

Tertiary education 

Malcolm Turnbull: Revisit of reform agenda expected 
Julie Hare and Andrew Trounson, The Australian interview Peter Noonan, 16 September 2015. 

Should the federal government take over vocational training? 
Peter Noonan, The Conversation, 8 September 2015.

VET funds plunge despite talk of filling skills gap 
Andrew Trounson, The Australian interview with Peter Noonan, 28 August 2015.

Improving tradie training will stop us going down the toilet 
Harold Mitchell, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 August 2015.

Push for federal takeover of VET 
Andrew Trounson and John Ross, The Australian interview with Peter Noonan, 29 July 2015.

Modifying student loan system could ensure access for all students 
Bruce Chapman and Tim Higgins, The Conversation, 29 September 2015. 

First move to clean up mess in vocational education 
Peter Noonan, The Australian Financial Review, 27 July 2015.

Some students don’t get HECS and that’s not fair, says Australian National University study 
Tim Dodd, The Australian Financial Review, 20 July 2015. 

Granting TAFE a monopoly isn’t good for it in the long term 
Peter Noonan, The Conversation, 17 June 2015

All young people deserve tertiary education support – not just at uni 
Peter Noonan and Sarah Pilcher, The Conversation, 13 March 2015

Christopher Pyne sees victory slowly slip from his grasp 
Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review, 2 March 2015

Business Council chief Jennifer Westacott backs call for vocational education funding reform 
Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review, 25 February 2015

Report calls for tertiary education entitlement in VET shake-up 
Andrew Trounson, The Australian, 25 February 2015 

‘All students should get public subsidy’ 
Geoff Maslen, University World News, 26 February 2015 

Report calls for equity in VET financing 
Antonia Maiolo, Campus Review, 26 February 2015

Prof Noonan calls for statutory body to advise on uni fees 
Andrew Trounsen, The Australian, 4 February 2015

International fees won’t work as cap 
Julie Hare & Andrew Trounson, The Australian, 3 February 2015

Get over Gough Whitlam on higher education fees 
ALP told, The Australian, 26 January 2015

Trades training left short $16bn 
David Crowe, The Australian, 8 January 2015

Learning from Victoria’s TAFE mistakes) 
Peter Noonan, The Conversation, 8 December 2014

Why the higher education reforms need to be independently overseen 
Peter Dawkins, The Conversation, 18 November 2014

Kim Carr may come up with a revised cap for university numbers 
Julie Hare and Andrew Trounsen, The Australian, 12 November 2014

Fees, capping debates ‘ignorenation’s real education needs’ 
Andrew Trounsen, The Australian, 12 November 2014

VET funding loses ground 
Andrew Bracey, Campus Review, 27 October 2014

VET funding slips behind schools and unis – release of Mitchell Institute report 
TAFE Directors Australia Newsletter, 20 October 2014 

Uneven state funding hits training 
Andrew Trounson, The Australian, 17 October 2014 

Inconvenient for the budget 
High Wired, The Australian, 8 September 2014

Alternative education stops thousands from dropping out 
Benjamin Preiss, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Brisbane Times, WA Today, The Canberra Times, 8 September 2014

Bosses get more say on training 
David Crowe, The Australian, Weekly Times, 8 September 2014

Abbott to reshape TAFE funding after a decade of cuts 
Daniel Burdon, Sunshine Coast Daily, 8 September 2014

Ongoing neglect of VET just snobbery 
Andrew Trounsen, The Australian, 3 September 2014

Vocational education funding cheats poor kids 
Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review, 2 September 2014

TAFE in crisis? No, but the future is changing for Vocational Education 
Peter Noonan, The Conversation, 19 August 2014

Business wants fewer uni students, more tradies 
Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review, 10 August 2014

Eased regulation ‘normal practice’  
John RossThe Australian, 23 April 2014

Adult talk needed in education market 
Andrew Trounsen, The Australian, 26 March 2014

Resourced VET meets needs best 
Andrew Trounsen, The Australian, 26 March 2014

Funding reform is vital to improve higher education 
Mark Burford, Mitchell Institute, Australian Financial Review, 24 November 2013

Dollars for our scholars 
Peter Dawkins, Victoria University, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 May 2013


Federal government to take a back seat in education? 
Bronwyn Hinz, The Conversation, 8 January 2015

Renewing schooling federalism: getting the settings right 
Bronwyn Hinz, The Conversation, 23 September 2014

Renewing federalism: our tertiary education system needs a rethink 
Peter Noonan, The Conversation, 18 September 2014

Mitchell Institute launch and vision

Businessman Harold Mitchell helps fund new research institute 
Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review, 6 May 2013

Private donations are not simply money in the bank 
Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review, 6 May 2013

New Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy 
RN Saturday Extra, interview with Harold Mitchell, 4 May 2013

Harold Mitchell’s $12.5m for think tank 
Adam Creighton, The Australian, 4 May 2013