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Media: Young workers underpaid, working in unsafe conditions: Unions ACT report

Date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 14:30
Source: 
The Canberra Times

"McKellar student Anna Dennis said she was unpaid wages for multiple training sessions at a previous job and, along with other staff, was subject to bullying at another workplace where staff were afraid to take meal breaks. In one workplace, a coworker suffered an electric shock from a power point next to a sink spilling water, after another staff member had been shocked before. The employers did not report the incident but tried to smooth things over with the young worker instead. She's not alone. Workers as young as 15 have reported being underpaid, harassed and made to work in unsafe con

Media: Now a crime in ACT to share an intimate photo without consent

Date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 14:30
Source: 
The Canberra Times

"The ACT's three major parties have passed a bill that makes it a crime to share an intimate photo without consent. People who publish, or threaten to publish, "revenge porn" now face up to three years in jail or a $45,000 fine, after the ACT's parliament moved to bring the territory's laws up-to-date with technology. The penalties are bumped up to five years in jail or a fine of up to $75,000 if the victim is aged under 16. The laws would not capture teenagers consensually "sexting". Courts can now order people to take down or delete the intimate image.

Media: The smart city is a step closer to reality thanks to UNSW proposal

Date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 14:15
Source: 
The Canberra Times

"Canberra's aspiration to be recognised as a national centre of educational excellence is a step closer to fruition with this week's announcement talks are underway to establish a new University of NSW campus that could accommodate up to 10,000 students. Both the UNSW and the ACT Government deserve pats on the back for quietly getting on with scoping out the possibilities for the redevelopment of underutilised land at the Canberra Institute of Technology in Reid over recent months. While the new campus, proposed for a 10 to 12 hectare site currently used for car parking, seems unlikely to b

Media: Canberra public schools to introduce standardised A to E grading

Date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 14:15
Source: 
The Canberra Times

"ACT public schools will introduce standardised A to E grading, after Auditor-General Maxine Cooper highlighted the inconsistency in the territory's education system. The ACT government agreed in-principle to implement a "standards-based moderation process" across schools after the current system drew criticism from the audit office. In the new system, C grades will be assigned when students demonstrates the expected level of learning in a year.

Media: Without equality of income there can be no equality of opportunity

Date: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:30
Source: 
The Conversation

"Research has repeatedly shown the clear link between high levels of income inequality and low levels of social mobility. This graph, from our book The Spirit Level shows that far from being the land of opportunity, the US has very low social mobility. You’re much more likely to achieve the “American dream” if you live in Denmark. If moving forward is the goal, it’s a not a good policy to stand still. Yet we hear little from the government about solutions to Britain’s poor record on social mobility.

Radio Interview with Adam Shirley about Lowering the Voting Age to 16 in the ACT

Date: 
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:45

Hannah from the Youth Coalition of the ACT and Youth Advocate, Courtney, met with Adam Shirley from ABC Drive on Monday the 31 July to discuss the proposal of lowering the voting age to 16 with the ACT Legislative Assembly. Listen to the podcast to hear the conversation in full.

Media: Suicide how-to Google searches rose after Netflix series 13 Reasons Why release

Date: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 16:00
Source: 
Canberra Times

The controversial series 13 Reasons Why triggered an increase in Google searches for specific methods of suicide and suicide hotline queries, US researchers suggest.

The findings follow months of public speculation and stern warnings from youth mental health groups that the blockbuster Netflix show could cause more harm than good, especially among its target teenage audience.

The MA15+-rated series depicts the events leading up to, and following the suicide of a 16-year-old girl, including a graphic three-minute scene of her death.

Media: Lowering the voting age

Date: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 14:30
Source: 
Canberra Times

The ACT Greens used their powersharing deal with Labor to secure an inquiry into last year's ACT election, the Electoral Act and whether residents aged 16 and 17 should have the option to vote in local elections.

That would mean an extra 9000 voters, according to ACT Electoral figure estimates, and an extra $72,000 for political parties under the new public funding rules, which give candidates $8 per vote. 

"Decisions made today will affect young people right now, and potentially for the rest of their lives," convenor Michael Mazengarb wrote in the submission.

Media: New occupational violence policy launched in the ACT

Date: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 14:30
Source: 
OHS News

A new Occupational Violence Policy and Management Plan with the Australian Education Unit Act Branch has been launched by ACT Education Minister Yvette Berry.

The new policy aims to ensure public school staff are safe and confident in doing their job.

“Every child has the right access education and every worker has the right to be safe at work,” she said.

Minister Berry acknowledged that the problem of occupational violence cannot be solved overnight, but that equipping schools will minimise the impact on staff and students.

 

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