The LNP Returned To Power, Is There Anything Left

The LNP Returned To Power, Is There Anything Left

After months of Adani campaigning for start or stop, the coalmine will now be allow to proceed power following the unexpected success of the Coalition government in the federal election. Is there anything that could stop the construction of the coalmine?

Australia has a federal government system, but the states have their coal. The Adani mining license is issue by the Queensland Labor government. There are also indications that pressure is building in the state Labor party to get the final approvals pass.

Strategists argue that the Adani mine must be approve by the state government if they want to be reelect next year. Labor’s loss in Queensland could have been due to perceived delays in the approval process of the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland premier, has now appointed her coordinator general to oversee all approvals. She said in a press conference. I believe that the community is tire of the process. I know I am, and I know that my fellow members are, too.

The state government has not fulfilled its legal obligation to ensure that the coalmine has a plan in place to manage environmental issues. Two controversial environmental plans were approve by the federal government before the election. They are the groundwater management plan (and the finch management program). Now, the Queensland Labor government must give its approval.

It’s Not A Delay Tactic, It’s A Legal Obligation

Except for matters of national significance, the federal government has no jurisdiction over state resources. Adani is an example of such a project. The mine would destroy the habitat of endangered species and have a significant impact on vital underground water resources.

This meant that the federal government had to refer the project. This referral made to ensure that the environmental assessment process did not cause irreparable harm to the environment. In a bilateral agreement, the federal government authorizes the state to perform an environmental assessment. This framework has been the basis of the Adani project since its inception.

This is our rule-of-law, one that’s in public interest. Any suggestion that the Queensland government used delay tactics to avoid carrying out their critical legal responsibilities is false and misses the fundamental legal obligations that underlie this process.

Two More Approvals Are Available Power

Two approvals are require to satisfy the environmental conditions. The groundwater environmental management planning and the black-throated finch management plan. Black-throated finch, Adani’s management plan for black-throat finch was reject by the Queensland government last month. The plan was not a management plan.

If the habitat of the finch is destroyed by the coalmine then it’s important to describe how the endangered species will relocate and how that relocation will be managed. The Adani management plan doesn’t do this. The Adani management plan proposes a cow paddock to destroy grass seeds essential for the finch’s survival. This plan clearly does not meet the environmental conditions attached to its license.

Groundwater Management Power

The Queensland Department of Environment and Science are currently reviewing the groundwater management plans and have sought additional advice from Geoscience Australia and CSIRO.

Adani must consider how the mine might impact Doongmabulla Springs, which are in danger of being destroyed by the Great Artesian Basin. This requires the creation of a groundwater model that can estimate how much groundwater will be affected by coal extraction.

Sports Programs Are Keeping Disadvantaged Teens

Sports Programs Are Keeping Disadvantaged Teens

Participation in special sports programs helps teenagers of low socioeconomic backgrounds to stay at school and improves their math grades. This is what I discovered in my PhD research. Engaging in learning is a key to success for the rest of your life. Experts consider it one of the most important goals of early adolescence.

Primary school students are more engaged in school, but secondary school engagement is lower. Teachers are looking for ways to encourage students to maintain their engagement in school early. My PhD research focused on the impact of special sporting programs on students from low-income areas of Perth. Particularly, I was interest to see how these programs affected students academic performance as well as their school engagement.

What Are Specialist Programs In Sports?

Students who are part of specialist sporting programs specialize in one sport instead of several elective subjects from years 7-10. All students are eligible to enroll, even those who do not live within the school’s reach. Selection is usually based on:

  • A high level of coaching ability and sporting ability.
  • A positive attitude towards school and sport (primary school)
  • A good record of attendance and behavior.

Selection criteria allow schools to communicate clearly their expectations right from the beginning. These criteria are design to encourage positive behavior in secondary school and not try to fix the problem of students becoming disengaged.

There are many specialist sport programs available across Australia (including South Australia and Western Australia). Some programs focus on elite pathway while others are more focused on participation. They taught in private and public schools.

Schools allocate on average four hours per week to specialist programs in sports. This time evenly split between theoretical and practical work in years 7-10. In years 11 and 12 there roughly a 70-30% practical-theoretical split.

Practical sessions are focus on improving skills and student fitness. Theoretical sessions include topics like biomechanics, physiology, rules, tactics, nutrition, and sport psychology.

My Sports Study Revealed

The positive impact of these programs often cited in broad claims. For example, Western Australia’s education department states specialist sport programs can:

Develop character, self-discipline and technical skills, as well as a love for sport and allow children to compete at the highest level and improve their skills as athletes in the classroom and on the field.

However, there have not been any studies on these programs in Western Australian schools that support this assertion.

Only two studies have examined the impact of specialist sports programs on student academic achievement. They were both conducted in the United Kingdom. The studies examined the academic performance of final-year students in the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education). Specialist program students scored higher than non-specialist students. Schools with a high proportion of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds saw a greater improvement in their scores.

Investigate The Relationship

My study is the first to investigate the relationship between academic achievement, engagement in school, and participation at specialist sporting programs in Australia. My research involved seven secondary schools, students in years 7-10 and residents of low socioeconomic areas in Perth.

Total of 68 students from specialist sports were able to access their school grades over the course of a year. 73 students also completed a survey that measured their engagement with school. I interviewed 11 students, three parents, five teachers, and three graduates.

I used the A = 5 and B = 4 grades to compare their effects on student grades. C = 3 was for a better grade. The mean grade for each subject was then compared, one year at a time. The baseline measurement showed that the maths mean grade was 3.08 (a grade of C). It was 3.30 at the follow-up one year later. It was still a C-grade, but statistical analysis found that this marked improvement.

Chief Scientist On Getting Our Research Priorities Right

Chief Scientist On Getting Our Research Priorities Right

This is the first part of our series on Science and Research Priorities, which was recently announce by Federal Government. Keep checking back for expert roundups of each priority in the coming days. The Australian Council of Learned Academies conducted a survey of 1,200 researchers at all stages of their careers, from graduate to retiree, in 2012.

Three out of four people said that the best part about their job was being able to work on important and interesting issues. People drawn to the job because of their passion for improving the world. This kept them motivated and allowed them to reflect on their lives with satisfaction.

It’s good that it happened because they also shared their frustrations. Many people, especially in their early careers, felt the most frustrated by the uncertainty of job prospects and the time spent on grant applications. It was also difficult to determine where opportunities might be. It was difficult to see something important and have no way to get there.

The Case Research

According to my knowledge, there has never an era of golden age in which every project that could funded was funded and every person who is talented got tenured. We have limited resources, just like all countries in history, to help with important and worthwhile things.

We know science is amazing and important. Therefore, we are oblige to present the case for Australian investment. We must give them the assurance that the investments they make will be in line with their aspirations, no matter how difficult or winding the road.

We must also put all ministers, vice-chancellors and business investors, as well as students, in a position where they can make informed decisions with the resources available.

Today’s system is based on the assumption that market signals and dumb luck will provide enough capacity in all areas. We often look back at the past and assume that the future will be like it was

Although the market can be a useful way to allocate private capital to promising ideas, it is only if the necessary legwork has done in order to bring the ideas to fruition. Investors will only know where to find the best ideas.

Researchers may have good instincts about what is important. How often do researchers agree on what’s important and work together?

Establishing Priorities

We have people who make difficult decisions based on limited information, often with restricted funds. Similar challenges have been faced by other countries, who have respond intelligently. They have set national priorities for science research.

In order to learn from the successes of others, I organized a series roundtables that began in late 2014. In May, the Prime Minister announced that nine science and research priorities were selected. Each priority was accompanied by three to four practical research challenges. This is a major step forward. It is crucial that you fully understand the implications.

This isn’t, and has never been, an agenda for applied research. It is possible to frame priorities so that you exclude basic research. But, we haven’t done that for all the reasons the advocates of basic research made: it is essential; it is integral; and it must be supported in order to find breakthrough solutions to many of our challenges.

As in other countries, the priorities should cover all aspects of science from basic to applied, just as they do in the United States. Second, I have never suggested spending all our research budget on the priorities. This is enough to ensure that we feel prepared.

These priorities are neither exhaustive nor exclusive. The priorities of government departments and agencies will not change. However, they will have their own priorities with a portion of their efforts focusing on national priorities that are relevant to their mission.