Elisabeth GriffithsMay 27, 2016
While the Minister for Immigration and "Border Protection" has been scrutinising refugees' literacy and numeracy, the Australian Government has had its sight set on another group's abilities: Australia's pre-service teachers. Elisabeth Griffiths asks if the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students is worth its salt.
wamutFeb 18, 201611 Comments
Aboriginal Northern Territory MP Bess Price is fighting to be able to use her first language, Warlpiri, in parliament. She argues that it's only fair given it's her first language and the language of half her constituency. The Parliament's Speaker continues to affirm that English is the language of the Assembly. Greg Dickson explores the debate further:
Allie SeverinJun 3, 20152 Comments
Should we be changing our national anthem's lyrics to "We've boundless plains to share... but only if you can speak English"? Allie Severin explores the most recent proposal to make English proficiency a pre-requisite to gaining Australian citizenship
wamutMar 8, 20151 Comment
Arabic is not a small, minority language. It is the fourth most widely spoken language in Australia. The decision to ban some NSW prisoners speaking it is not only possibly a human rights breach but also just lazy, according to Greg Dickson.
Lochlan MorrisseyMay 15, 201458 Comments
Earlier today a number of news agencies (perhaps all of them, ever) reported on a video, in which
Lochlan MorrisseyJan 31, 20143 Comments
As the unpopular shark bait and shoot program continues in Western Australia, fisheries minister Troy Buswell has defended the policy, saying that it isn't a cull, but a 'localised shark mitigation strategy'. Lochlan Morrissey suspects Buswell learned the art of political euphemism from the best.
Piers KellyDec 6, 201310 Comments
How to refer to our young neighbour to the north? Is it East Timor, Timor Lorosa'e or Timor-Leste? Gordon Peake and Piers Kelly investigate.
wamutOct 31, 20134 Comments
First, they rejected Gonski because too much funding would go to remote community schools. Now, the NT Education department is cutting positions that are key in supporting Aboriginal students who don't speak English at home. Greg Dickson demonstrates the benefit that such support positions can bring and argues that the NT Government's handling of education could easily cause the much-discussed "gap" to widen rather than narrow.
William SteedOct 21, 20134 Comments
Fairfax media reports that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has sent a list of appropriate terminology for referring to refugee boat arrivals, including referring to the people as 'illegal arrivals' and 'detainees'. How does changing terminology change how we think about something?
wamutSep 6, 2013
One day out from the election and Greg Dickson has noticed a few more languages other than English being used in various campaigns. Is this a last-ditch effort to reach every constituent, a deliberate recognition of our linguistic diversity, or just because we can?