An axe-wielding man has gone on a fire-lighting rampage in Melbourne's north, threatening firefighters and robbing two people before being apprehended by the police dog squad.
Matthew Knott State governments should look to US-style "charter schools" - privately-managed public schools - as a way to boost the poor test results of Australian students, a new report argues. The report, published by the free market Centre for Independent Studies, argues that charter schools would encourage innovation and extend school choice to poorer parents who cannot afford private schooling. Charter schools would be funded at an equivalent rate to public schools, but would be run by private organisations - including for-profit companies. They would not charge fees. "Charter schools can be much more responsive to the challenges local communities face," one of the report's authors, CIS policy analyst Trisha Ja, said. "There has been a strong trend towards greater school autonomy in Australia over recent years and this would be the next step to bring more flexibility and choice into the public system."
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James Massola, Political Correspondent Prime Minister Tony Abbott is being urged to consider dumping Joe Hockey as Treasurer if the Canning byelection goes badly for the Liberal Party, in a move designed to shore up his own leadership.
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Adam Gartrell A Victoria move to hold state-based inquiry into portable long service leave has prompted a push for Federal Labor to get behind the idea.
Adam Carey Widening CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway will trigger a huge increase in congestion across Melbourne's north-west and the inner city, with traffic volumes on some arterial roads in the suburbs predicted to rise more than 200 per cent.
Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Tougher punishments will be meted out to animal abusers, including greyhound trainers using live animals as bait in training, under new laws to be introduced by the Andrews government.
Chloe Booker Unable to get adequate help for their son with tragic consequences, a grieving family has gone public in their grief to point out gaps in the healthcare system.
Kate McClymont Although Sydney property developer Nati Stoliar once resided in the most palatial homes in the nation, on August 19 he celebrated his birthday in greatly reduced circumstances – a jail cell in Nevada.