Volunteer WeekVOLUNTEERSmake Australia a better and more caring place to live. This week is National Volunteer Week (May 9 to 15)and we want to thank all volunteers for everything they do.Each year across Australia more than sixmillion volunteers not only bring happiness to the people and communities they help, but they get to also experience the joy of helping others.And the benefits of volunteering go much further than that.Volunteersadd value to our communities by building trust, relationships and connections between people. Plus they boost social engagement and help communities to share skills and resources. Simply put, volunteers make our communities stronger and more resilient.
There aremore than 20,000Red Crossvolunteersin Australia. They support local communities, they help the children of refugees with their homework, they are there in times of disaster both in Australia and overseas, they take the time to talk to those who are lonely every day, and many other activities. It is all about people helping people in very practical ways.Thank you to all volunteers – wherever you are and no matter who you volunteer for – your generosity creates a more supportive, connected, inclusive and happier Australia.
JUDY SLATYER,Australian Red Cross chief executive
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THEState Liberals have welcomed the release of the final report into future options for the nuclear fuel cycle in South Australia by Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce.
I’d like to thank the Royal Commissioner for the dedicated work he has done in exploring the options for South Australia regarding the nuclear fuel cycle.
The Royal Commissioner has laid the ground work for a substantive community debate regarding the recommendations contained in the report.
I look forward to the people of South Australia having their say about the future of the nuclear fuel cycle in our State.
STEVEN MARSHALL,State Opposition Leader
Education should be on the agendaWITHthe upcoming Federal Election, the importance of our young people’s education will be prominent in both major political parties’ campaigns.The major focus will be on the amount of money that will be directed towards education if they are elected. It would seem that they assume “the more you spend the better education outcomes one achieves”.Since 2002, government spending on school education has grown by 45 percent in real terms – Grattan Institute 2014, and expenditure in 2013-14 was $14.1 billionhigher in real terms than in 2002-03.In 2000, for the first time, the Programfor International Student Assessment test was conducted in countries across the world. Australia ranked sixthfor maths, eighthfor science and fourthfor reading out of 41 participating countries.From these figures it is clear that the increases in education funding over the past 10 years have not resulted in improved student outcomes.Whilemoney is important, how it is spent is of even greater importance.Over the past few years, increases in education funding have been linked to lowering student-teacher ratios, toughening and improving teacher standards or increasing teacher salaries. The theorists have loudly exhorted that this will lead to improved academic achievement.Unfortunately our results and student achievements do not reflect this. Astronger focus needs to be directed towards the curriculum offered and its overcrowded nature.I am not advocating a total return to the 3 Rs, but a realisation that we are trying to fit too much into our school day – which has had the same time allocation for years, whilst the curriculum content/scope has grown markedly.
IAN MACGOWAN, Ceduna
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