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Private training college watchdog urged to crack down on 'spruikers' misleading potential students — Updated October 19, 2014 18:36:45 Teachers and education advocates are warning of shonky operators within the private training college sector, saying the Federal Government needs to do more to get rid of "spruikers" manipulating and misleading students.

Early intervention key in treating children with mental health issues, experts say — Posted October 11, 2014 11:06:04 One of Australia's leading mental health organisations says this week is a good time to remember mental health issues are not limited to adults. The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has released a federally funded guide for staff to look for early signs of mental illness in the 1 million Australian children in childcare.

Victoria's Supreme Court ruling on Patient X case to determine limits of mental health boards' power — Updated October 07, 2014 01:35:10 Mental health advocates hope a case in Victoria's Supreme Court will provide vital guidance about the decision-making power of mental health tribunals across the country. It involves a woman known only as Patient X, who lives with bipolar disorder, but many of the details of the case are subject to a suppression order.

Surgeons perform open heart surgery to save East Timorese boy's life in Melbourne — Posted September 28, 2014 19:14:25 Until last week, 11-year-old East Timorese boy Jeca Periera had not ventured outside of the Timorese capital of Dili. So it was hardly surprising that a life-saving journey to Melbourne last week was at times an overwhelming one.

Disability advocates fear peak body funding changes could affect representation — Updated September 23, 2014 14:55:37 Disability advocates are concerned people with disabilities will not be adequately represented under changes to the sector proposed by the Federal Government. Under a Department of Social Services overhaul, peak bodies that represent people with disabilities have been told to re-apply for their Commonwealth funding.

Controversial AFL Europe deal with Royal Brunei Airlines will be cancelled over anti-gay laws — Posted September 18, 2014 18:11:40 The Australian Football League (AFL) has called off a sponsorship deal between its affiliated league in Europe and Brunei's state airline. In August, AFL Europe announced it had reached a deal with Royal Brunei Airlines to fly international players between Melbourne and London as part of a sponsorship arrangement.

Youth unemployment: As bad as it is now, Australia has seen worse — Posted September 11, 2014 20:05:37 The latest unemployment numbers show the jobless rate in Australia declined last month from a 12-year high in July. But for young Australians aged 15 to 24, the unemployment rate remains stuck at close to 15 per cent.

AFL reviews deal with Brunei's national airline — Editor's Picks By Africa correspondent Martin Cuddihy Oscar Pistorius will learn his fate later today, more than 18 months after he shot and killed his girlfriend. The Guinness World Records book celebrates 60 years of weird and wonderful milestones. The AFL distances itself from a sponsorship deal with Royal Brunei Airlines over anti-gay laws.

AFL reviews AFL Europe and Royal Brunei Airlines sponsorship deal over anti-gay laws — Posted September 10, 2014 19:39:18 The AFL has distanced itself from a sponsorship deal between its European affiliate and Royal Brunei Airlines amid a global campaign to boycott the Asian nation over its new anti-gay laws. The state-owned airline operates daily services between Sydney and Melbourne and London, and in August became the official airline of AFL Europe.

Childcare centres blacklist accredited training organisations providing poor graduates — Updated September 10, 2014 06:08:06 Childcare centres have started unofficial blacklists of training providers they will not use because graduate quality is so poor. There has been an explosion in the number of trainers offering Certificate IIIs and diplomas in childcare after the Government made qualifications mandatory.
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Oct 22, 2014

Thoughts with family of dead soldier in #Ottawa. Here's hoping citizens "re-take" Parl Hill. Jog. Juggle. Do yoga. Lockdown = violence win.

Oct 22, 2014

Sad to hear of #OttawaShooting: Canadian soldier shot at War Memorial, one gunman shot to death in Parliament. Via @CBCNews

Oct 20, 2014

RT @AttardMon: Pretty frightening account of what some think is happening in Putin's Russia…

Oct 19, 2014

RT @PercyKaren: Extraordinary commemoration for those WW1 troops who left Pt Melbourne 100 years ago #ANZAC100

Oct 19, 2014

RT @PercyKaren: A century on families of the first Austns to head to WW1 reflect on the legacy of war. @abcnews tonight @ 7pm

Oct 18, 2014

@MaggieVegas: @SNChrisSimpson We would be awesome! Maybe not quite as professional and well-informed as the Simpson duo. + not v objective.

Oct 07, 2014

Spying by foreign students an "open secret" at Australian universities. Check out @hamishfitz @Lateline report:

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