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Economics and Business Educators of NSW

From the President

11  May 2014

Dear EBE NSW Members,

Welcome to the May 2014 edition of the EBE e-newsletter as we countdown to our highlight event, the 2014 EBE NSW Annual Conference on Friday 16 May 2014 (see further details below).

The countdown  to the release of the 2014-2015 Federal Government Budget on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at 7.30pm is also on (see further details below). 

Economics and Business Educators NSW 2014 Annual Conference

Time is running out to register for the 2014 Economics and Business Educators NSW Annual Conference which will be held on Friday 16 May 2014 from 8.45am – 3.40pm at Club Burwood RSL (96 Shaftesbury Road, Burwood). This is the highlight event in NSW for teachers of Economics, Business Studies and Commerce. The conference will also have relevant sessions for teachers of Legal Studies. 
 
Hear and learn from a range of interesting keynote speakers, choose from a range of workshops which cater to your individual professional learning needs, pick up resources for your classroom,  network with colleagues from other schools, hear from publishers about the latest resources, gain some valuable PD hours and go into the draw to win some fantastic lucky door prizes. You will return to your classroom refreshed and energised for the rest of the year.
 
The conference is registered with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Congratulations to EBE NSW members Nikki Wallis (Jindabyne Central School) and Tania White (Ehsman)(Bega High School) for their successful applications for an EBE NSW 2014 Annual Conference Professional Development Grant which will assist them as they travel to Sydney to attend the conference.

>> Full conference program and registration form

2014 Federal Budget

1. 2014 Federal Budget released on Tuesday 13 May 2014
This week we countdown to the release of the 2014-2015 Federal Government Budget on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at 7.30pm. The 2014-15 budget will be available at www.budget.gov.au at the commencement of the Treasurer's speech.
 
2. 2014 Federal Budget event for school students with Treasurer Joe Hockey
Economics and Business Educators NSW has been informed that the ABC TV's Q & A television program will be filmed at the Penrith Panthers on Monday 19th May 2014 for a one-on-one with Treasurer Joe Hockey as he answers questions on his historic first budget. Q & A are encouraging teachers to bring along school groups. If you’d like to bring a school group, please contact Producer Christine El-Khoury directly on (02) 8333 4065 to make your booking. Audience members will need to be available from 8.30pm.

More details will be provided once your attendance has been confirmed.

Hosted by Tony Jones, Q&A is the show where you ask the questions of Australia’s politicians, pundits and opinion-makers. The program goes live to air every Monday night at 9.35pm.
 
3. Student friendly video news story on the 2014 Federal Budget
The ABC children’s current affairs program “Behind the News” screened the story “Budget decisions” on 6th May 2014. Watch the story here

Past stories on the subject of the Budget may also prove useful. Go to “Stories” and then do a search using the word “Budget” on the “Behind the News” website.
 
4. Deloitte Access Economics’ Chris Richardson says the Australian Budget is broken
In his latest Budget Monitor Deloitte Access Economics’ Chris Richardson predicts welfare spending cuts for middle class Australians. According to Chris, the Australian budget is broken and in need of repair. In the video, he provides a quick summary of the conundrum facing Treasurer Hockey and Prime Minister Abbott as they plot the nation’s journey back to budget surplus.

>> View the video

2014 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Biennial National Conference - 2 and 3 October 2014

Business Educators Australasia (BEA), of which EBE NSW is a member, will hold its Biennial Conference in Perth, Western Australia on 2 and 3 October 2014. This is an opportunity to connect with colleagues from all over Australia and New Zealand to discuss the teaching of our subjects and plan a trip to a wonderful part of Australia. The Conference will also provide the opportunity for participants to be up-dated on the Australian Curriculum. The full conference program and registration details will be available soon.


 

Commonwealth Bank Foundation 2014 BEA Conference Professional Development Grant applications now open

If you have been teaching Economics and/or Business subjects for 5 years or less, you are eligible to apply for a professional development grant to attend the BEA conference on 2 and 3 October 2014  in Perth, Western Australia. 

>> Further details and application form 

Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Awards: Applications Open
The Commonwealth Bank Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 Teaching Awards, giving teachers the opportunity to be recognised and awarded $10,000 to fund an existing or new financial education initiative in their school. Each of the 15 winning teachers will also receive $2,000 as a personal reward for their hard work and dedication. Now in its third year, the Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Awards fund educational and innovative financial learning programs. Past award recipients have created initiatives such as Farm Based Enterprises, where students ran a working farm, learning about the value of sustainability and budgeting, and the Posh Car Wash program which involved students undertaking market research and creating a business plan. These programs and many others around the country are instrumental in getting students involved and excited about financial education. Applications for the 2014 Teaching Awards are open until Friday 16 May 2014. Kindergarten to Year 12 teachers in Australian schools are eligible to apply. Winners will be announced on Friday 25 July 2014. See past issues of “The EBE Journal” on the EBE NSW website for interviews with past winners of these awards.

>> Complete an online application
 

MoneySmart Week Awards

EBE NSW received a letter (dated 18 March 2014) from Hugh Harley (Chairman, MoneySmart Week Awards Committee) informing us about the annual MoneySmart Week Awards. The MoneySmart Week Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals working to improve Australians’ financial literacy. In 2014, there are 5 categories for the MoneySmart Week Awards (Education, Industry, Community, Government and Individual). For more information including past awards recipients, visit the MoneySmart Week website at www.moneysmartweek.org.au. MoneySmart Week will be held from 1 September – 7 September 2014.
 

2014 CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition (PYOE)

Information about this year’s competition will be available later this term.
 

2014 Money Stuff Challenge Competition

Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to educate your years 8-10 Commerce students and give them and your school the chance to win some cash? Enter the 2014 Money Stuff Challenge. The challenge opens on Monday 5 May 2014, and all entries must be received by midnight 3 August 2014. You can download the entry kit and teachers guide from the Money Stuff website at http://www.moneystuff.net.au/.


2014 BOSTES HSC Examination Timetable

The BOSTES HSC examinations begin on 13 October 2014 and end on 5 November 2014. Examinations of interest to EBE NSW are listed below:
  • BOSTES HSC Business Studies Examination – Day 9: 23 October 2014 (A Board approved calculator needed)
  • BOSTES HSC Economics Examination – Day 10: 24 October 2014 (A Board approved calculator needed)
  • BOSTES HSC Legal Studies Examination – Day 13: 29 October 2014
>> Further information can be obtained from the BOSTES website.
 

HSC Student Lectures

1. The Western Sydney Social Sciences Teachers Association (WeSSSTA) is holding the following HSC student lectures:
  • 2014 Economics HSC Student Lectures – Saturday 14 June 2014, 9am – 12.40pm at Penrith High School.
  • 2014 Business HSC Student Lectures – Friday 20 June 2014, 9am – 2.30pm at Penrith High School.
>> More details available at www.wesssta.net/
 
2. The Economic Literacy Centre is holding the following HSC student lectures:
  • 2014 HSC Business Studies Student Lectures – Wednesday 4th June 2014, 9.30am – 3pm at Callaghan College, Jesmond
  • 2014 HSC Business Studies Student Lectures – Wednesday 11th June 2014, 9.30am – 3pm at Parramatta Town Hall
  • 2014 HSC Business Studies Student Lectures – Friday 13th June 2014, 9.30am – 3pm at Wesley Conference Centre, Pitt Street, Sydney
>> More details at www.timriley.com.au
 
3. The University of Sydney Centre for Continuing Education is holding the following HSC preparation courses during the end of Term 2 school holidays:
  • HSC Business Studies Preparation Course ( Part 3) – Monday 30 June 2014 – Friday4 July 2014 – 1.30pm – 5.00pm
  • HSC Economics Preparation Course ( Part 3) - Monday 7 July 2014 – Friday 11 July 2014 – 9am – 12.30pm
  • HSC Legal Studies Preparation Course ( Part 3) -  Monday 7 July 2014 – Friday 11 July 2014 – 1.30pm – 5.00pm
>> More details at www.cce.sydney.edu.au
 
4. The HSC and Careers Expo 2014 will be held from 29 May 2014 – 1 June 2014 from 10am – 3pm at Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney. The following lectures related to Business Studies or Legal Studies will be available at the expo:
  • HSC Business Studies – exam preparation
  • Thinking that counts – a career in business and accounting
  • HSC Legal Studies – exam preparation
  • How you can make a difference – learn the law from lawyers
  • Working in the law
>> More details at http://www.hscandcareers.com.au
 
5. The Legal Studies Association ( LSA) is holding the following HSC student lectures:
  • 2014 Legal Studies HSC Student Lectures – Saturday 19 July 2014 at Westmead Education and Conference Centre Auditorium.
Session 1 - 8:30am - 12:30pm (registration 8:00am)
Session 2 -  1:30 pm - 5:30 pm (registration 1:00 pm)

>> More details at www.lsa.net.au/
 

BOSTES HSC Marking Professional Learning Workshops

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) is offering a series of one-day workshops that simulate the HSC marking experience. The workshops are targeted at all secondary teachers, particularly those teaching Stage 6. The focus is on the HSC marking process and the Board's onscreen marking application. Although participants will work with real student responses from Section 1 of the 2013 HSC English Standard and Advanced examination, the workshop will be relevant to teachers of most HSC courses. 

Teachers will engage in a hands-on simulation of the HSC marking process, most particularly the application of the marking kit, to ensure valid and reliable results. They will come away with an understanding of the principles of standards-referenced assessment, and an ability to apply marking guidelines to make valid and consistent judgements. These skills can then be taken back to school – teachers will be able to help their students better understand the expectations of the HSC examination, and approach the development and marking of assessment tasks effectively. Completing this course will be acknowledged with six hours of accreditation. This program will address the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 5.1, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3.

>> For further information, please go to the Professional Development page on the BOSTES website.
 

BOSTES Consistency of Teacher Judgement Workshops

This workshop is designed to develop the professional skills of teaching staff in the allocation of grades. The workshop will highlight:
  • the concept and issues underlying standards-based assessment and consistency of teacher judgement
  • the use of the Common Grade Scale, Course Performance Descriptors and the Preliminary Grade Scale
  • the role of formative and summative assessment
  • strategies to lead school-based professional learning.
Completion of this course will be acknowledged with two hours of accreditation. The program addresses the following standards: 
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 3.5.3, 3.6.3, 5.1.3, 5.3.3, 5.5.3, 6.3.3, 6.4.3 and 7.4.3.
 
>> For further information, please go to the Professional Development page on the BOSTES website.
 

EOI: Work sample collection for Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary grades
BOSTES is seeking expressions of interest from teachers across all subjects who would be interested in contributing assessment activities and work samples from work undertaken in 2013 or early in 2014. The work samples should relate to syllabus based assessment activities. Grades are awarded to students at the end of Stage 5 and Stage 6 Preliminary courses (except VET and Life Skills) and these work samples are a valuable reference for teachers when awarding grades. The work samples will be annotated, aligned to grades and published on BOSTES’ Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) for Stage 5, and the RoSA website for Stage 6 Preliminary. It is anticipated that teachers will have administered tasks related to their programs and collected work samples that represent a range of levels of achievement where possible. Teachers or staff groups are invited to contact Mr Kerry Sheehan to register their interest and to learn more about the project.

>> For more information, contact:
Kerry Sheehan
Senior Project Officer
kerry.sheehan@bos.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8144
 

Commonwealth Class – Countdown to the Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Class is an initiative for schools from the British Council, BBC and Commonwealth Secretariat, and is delivered in Australia by the Australian Federation of Societies for Studies in Society and Environment (AFSSSE). The British Council is developing a far-reaching partnership with the BBC, Commonwealth Secretariat and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to create a global legacy programme for school pupils, teachers and broadcast audiences. Schools across the Commonwealth will take part in an interactive project to explore Commonwealth values, the contemporary Commonwealth and links between sport, health, inclusion and gender issues ("sport and development"), inspiring pupils and enriching their education through international dialogue, titled the "Commonwealth Class". Commonwealth Class will enable more than 100,000 schools across the Commonwealth to access themed learning resources, take part in online exchanges and forums, and work on collaborative projects in cross-Commonwealth teams. Australia, as host of the 2018 Games, has been identified as one of the priority countries within the Commonwealth, alongside 11 others.

>> Further information on Commonwealth Class can be found at www.britishcouncil.org/commonwealthclass and www.bbc.co.uk/commonwealthclass

AFSSSE has been awarded funding through the British Council to provide support to Australian schools to promote student awareness and understanding of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held 23 July–3 August 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

>> Details of events
 

CPA Australia TV Program - The Bottom Line

CPA Australia’s TV program, “The Bottom Line”, screens on Channel 9 on Saturdays at 4pm and past episodes are available on the website - www.thebottomlinetv.com.au/. The program brings together iconic leaders from all walks of life to share their deep insights on success, challenge and the opportunities for all of us. The interviews are conducted by the CEO of CPA Australia, Alex Malley – from troublemaker schoolboy to CEO, Alex is one of only two Australians to be included on The Accountant magazine’s list of the world’s top 50 most influential people in the profession. The interviews with people from the business world can be used to enhance students’ understanding of concepts and terms in syllabuses and enable teachers to relate the subject matter they are teaching to the real world.
 

CPA Australia – The Naked CEO

Get your Economics and Business Studies students thinking about their future in the world of economics and business by using the resources at www.thenakedceo.com, brought to you by CPA Australia.
 

NSW Cadetship Evening 2014

The Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia is hosting a 2014 NSW Cadetship Evening. Are your year 12 students interested in applying for a 2015 business cadetship? A business cadetship is where graduate high school students gain valuable paid work experience whilst completing their business or commerce degree at university. Both students and their parents are invited to attend the Institute’s Cadetship Evening 2014 to meet top firms and universities offering cadetships and co-op scholarships. This year, the event is being held on Thursday 22 May 2014 from 5pm – 8pm at an exciting new venue, Luna Park! Send your students to http://goo.gl/EpnG9O to learn more and to register for this FREE event.
 

Law Week - 12 – 18 May 2014

Law Week in NSW is a successful community based event that has been held in metropolitan, regional and rural areas across NSW for the past 30 years. In 2009, the success of Law Week in NSW provided a solid foundation for the expansion of Law Week to a national event, held in all states and territories across Australia. This year Law Week will be held between 12 – 18 May 2014.  For more information visit lawweek.com.au/home-page-2012‎.
 

Global Education Study Programs to Asia

Global Education Project NSW have developed the following two study tours:
  1. Nepal/India – 2014 June school holiday period.
  2. China – 2014 September/October school holiday period.
These study tours have been tailored for teachers with the Australian curriculum and BOSTES syllabuses in mind. To receive further information, including a comprehensive itinerary, about these study programs, email jennifer.curtis@ptc.nsw.edu.au
 

Asia Education Foundation Study Programs to Asia

AEF develops and delivers programs designed for primary and secondary school teachers, school leaders and other education professionals, in partnership with education jurisdictions, teacher professional associations and education institutions across Australia. Study programs provide contemporary, cultural and historical perspectives of our Asian neighbours and include opportunities to:
  • build intercultural understanding of our nearest neighbours.
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the countries of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.
  • link in-country experience with learning areas of the Australian Curriculum
  • strengthen professional networks amongst colleagues to support Asia literacy in schools.
Below are the upcoming study programs:
  1. Malaysia Unplugged Study Program - 29 June - 11 July 2014
  2. Discover Indonesia Study Program, 6 July to 13 July 2014
  3. In the Footsteps of Chairman Mao – Study Program, 20 September to 5 October 2014
  4. Bahasa Indonesia Study Program, 28 September to 5 October 2014

AEF Study Programs may be tax deductible.

>> Further details and itineraries
 

20th European Economics Education Conference 27 – 29 August 2014 in France

The 20th European Economics Education Conference is an international meeting of teachers, teacher trainers, inspectors and researchers with a professional interest in all aspects of Economics, Social Sciences and Business Education in Europe and worldwide. It will be held in Aix-en-Provence (France). During the Association of European Economics Conference 2014 on economics education you will:
- hear some famous economists giving lectures on the economic crisis
- explore state of the art economics which addresses contemporary economic policy problems
- exchange research findings, ideas and concepts
- get international points of view
- find new ways of teaching economics
- build teacher relations and teams on a European basis
- build professional networks
- learn about and share classroom experiences, good practice examples, and reports    on projects.

And most important: learn new things, be astonished, and be changed. The conference may be tax deductible.

>> More information at www.economicseducation.eu.
 

Joint submission of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia to the 2014 Federal Government Australian Curriculum Review

The three key messages in the Joint submission of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia to the 2014 Federal Government Australian Curriculum Review are that: 
-  the business and economics curriculum area needs to be relevant, energised and have real world applicability, and be periodically reviewed;
-  the business and economics curriculum area should commence in the early years, be compulsory throughout all compulsory years of schooling, and be extended into the senior secondary years; and
-  cross-curriculum priorities should be given emphasis and shape all curriculum areas.

>> Read the full submission here
 

Mark Bouris column in “The Sydney Morning Herald” – “Let’s teach our kids money literacy”

Mark Bouris, executive chairman of wealth management company Yellow Brick Road, wrote in his column titled “Let’s teach our kids money literacy” (The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 March 2014) that  financial literacy should be taught in the Australian curriculum.“You can't abdicate financial responsibility to the government or to your parents or spouse. Bad luck and misadventure aside, there's only one person who can control your financial destiny and that's you. That's why I advocate better financial literacy through a national education curriculum. The earlier we teach finance as a life skill, the better”.
 
>> Read the full article here
 

The University of Sydney Free Public Lecture

“A Journey through digital China” – Julien Leyre

Date: Monday 19 May 2014
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Venue: The University of Sydney
Cost: Free with registration required
>> More information

The Chinese internet is an incredibly dynamic space, where rich creative work is developed, opinions are exchanged, and new relationships are built every day. Yet for non-Mandarin speakers, it often appears as an opaque, mysterious jungle. This presentation will take its audience on an introductory journey through seven key platforms of the Chinese internet, mixing personal experience with a broader reflection on their business models, contents and user communities:
  • Weibo – Celebrities and political debate on the Chinese Twitter
  • WeChat – Swipe and shake for new connections
  • Douban – Trendsetting among educated urban youth
  • My1510 – Blogging across the sinosphere
  • Zhihu – Building a trust community through virtual Q&A
  • Qidian – Chinese online fiction, a multi-million Yuan industry
  • Yeeyan – Bringing foreign ideas to China through crowd-translation.

Free public lecture by an internationally recognised Zimbabwean lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, on the rule of law

Beatrice MtetwaBeatrice Mtetwa is a Zimbabwean lawyer who has been internationally recognised for her defence of human rights campaigners, lawyers, journalists, NGOs, and opposition candidates. The New York Times has described her as “Zimbabwe’s top human rights lawyer.” Ms Mtetwa has been a prominent champion of fundamental freedoms in Zimbabwe, against significant odds. In 2013, she was arrested, beaten and finally acquitted on charges of “obstructing justice and being unruly to the police.” The lecture will include a film screening of an abridged version of Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law, and will be followed by a drinks and canapés reception.
 
Date: Thursday, 22 May 2014
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Ground Floor Lecture Theatre G04, UNSW Law School, Kensington
Cost: Free
RSVP essential at www.ruleoflaw.org.au/  The 2014 AHRCentre Annual Public Lecture has been made possible through the support of UNSW Law School and The Rule of Law Institute of Australia.
 

Have your say - Beginning teachers needed to fill in survey

Have your say about what it’s like being a beginning teacher.Teresa Wilson, a PhD student at the University of Western Sydney, is seeking teachers who have been teaching for less than two years to complete the survey below. The research project that looks at how beginning teachers are supported.  This project is specifically interested in your experiences of the school based practices and support that you receive either formally or informally. Your personal experience as a beginning high school teacher is at the heart of this project. 
 
The aim of this research is to gain insights into the experiences of beginning teachers during their first years as a teacher and to understand their support needs.  You will be given the opportunity to reflect on your career to date.  It is an opportunity not often afforded beginning teachers. The study is being conducted by Teresa Wilson, a PhD student at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). If you would like to participate, go to the survey link at the bottom of this email. The website hosts a survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete. The surveys are completely anonymous. No personal-identifying information will be requested or collected. Taking the survey is completely voluntary. You can stop or click away from the page whenever you like.

>> Complete the survey here. For any further information please contact: Teresa Wilson (PhD student 16630547@student.uws.edu.au)
 

Have your say - Australian Government Competition Policy Review

The Australian Government Competition Policy Review invites public participation in its inquiry into Australia’s competition laws and policy. This is the first comprehensive review of Australia’s competition laws and policy in over 20 years. Consumers, businesses of all sizes and governments at all levels are encouraged to be involved. See http://competitionpolicyreview.gov.au/ for more information. Submissions are open until 10 June 2014.
 

Economics and Business News Bites

1. Westpac Economic Update by Economist Bill Evans - 9 May 2014
Westpac Chief Economist Bill Evans comments on the Reserve Bank’s recent interest rates announcement, employment figures and forecasts re the 2014 Federal Government Budget.
 
>> Click here for the video update

About Bill Evans
William (Bill) Evans is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the London School of Economics. He has worked as a Research Manager for the Reserve Bank of Australia, Treasurer at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and prior to joining Westpac in 1991, was Director and Head of Financial Markets at Schroders Australia Limited for 8 years. At Westpac he is Managing Director & Global Head of Economics & Research.
 
2. Rebel opens small format stores
The sporting goods retailer, Rebel, is opening small format stores in high street locations in order to lift sales to more than $1 billion. The first Rebel Fit store – one-eighth the size of a full format big-box store-opened in Balmain (Sydney) in November, 2013. Managing director Erica Berchtold sees scope for as many as 30 small format stores as larger sites become harder to find and time-poor consumers choose to shop locally. Ms Berchtold says the small format stores have presented the business with the challenge of deciding what to stock and what not to stock.

* Reference: “Rebel changes mould, offers smaller fit” by Sue Mitchell, in The Australian Financial Review”, 9 December 2013
* Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW HSC Business Studies Syllabus (2010) – Topic 1 – Operations

3. McDelivery – McDonald’s to trial home delivery
North Parramatta’s McDonald’s is trialling the home delivery of “family value” packs between 5pm and 9pm everyday. The delivery fee will be $4.95 and there will be a $25 minimum. However nutritionist Rosemary Stanton is not a fan saying “it just makes it easier for people to get food that is high in saturated fat and high in salt and it encourages people to have meals that lack in vegetables”. According to the National Health Performance Agency report, the western Sydney Medicare local area, which includes the six suburbs the service delivers to, has the second highest number of obese adults. Ms Stanton asks “Why are they introducing it there? Why aren’t they introducing it into Mosman? Because people would be very unlikely to buy it”. McDonald’s customer Stephen Spratt said “my concern is what the quality is going to be like at the other end when you deliver it”.

* Reference: “ Grease lightning: Maccas now delivers” by Sarah Whyte, in The Sun Herald, 8 December 2013
* Syllabus link: Board of Studies NSW HSC Business Studies (2010) – Topic 2 – Marketing

4. Australians more likely to support charities that save human beings
The 2013 Charity Reputation Index , which ranks not-for-profits based on how they are perceived by the public, revealed that the Royal Flying Doctor Service is the most reputable charity for the third year running, followed by the McGrath Foundation and St John Ambulance. Environmental groups did not fare so well in the 40 groups surveyed, with Greenpeace Australia coming in at 40th.

* Reference:  “Charities look healthy” by Rachel Browne, in The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 December 2013.
* Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW Commerce Syllabus (2003) – Option 10 – Community Participation
 

Legal News Bites

1. Australia’s longest serving independent Senator dies
Brian HarradineBrian Harradine (1935 – 2014), Australia’s longest serving independent senator (representing Tasmania for 30 years) has died. Known as the “Father of the Senate”, he held the Senate balance of power from late 1994 to March 1996. Brian Harradine believed in the value of the Senate as a house of review and a check on the power of the executive. He also believed that decisions should be made by elected politicians, not by officials pursuing their own agenda without the risk of losing their seat. A man with a strong Catholic faith, he argued for what he believed in rather than on whether it polled well or not. Archbishop Julian Porteous who celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial for Brian Harradine described him as a “Just Man” who “defended the sacredness of human life, speaking out for those who could not speak for themselves – the children in the womb”.  He had the ability to fully engage with whoever he was speaking to and would greet cleaning staff the same way he would colleagues. Brian Harradine listed his role in brokering the Wik native title agreement as one of his greatest achievements. The Native Title Amendment Act 1998 was initially to have just six years of life and excluded victims of the Government's locked gates policy and also the Stolen Generation from even claiming native title."They wanted to abolish the right to negotiate and I said no to that as well and helped establish a system of Indigenous land use agreements," he would later say. His dedication to public life came at a cost as he spent a long time away from his family and missed so much of their lives. After he retired he suffered ill-health.
 
* References: - “People’s advocate with strong beliefs” by Jeremy Stuparich in The Sydney Morning herald, 16 April 2014
- “Brian Harradine remembered as a Just Man”, by Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese in C-Mail – Catholic News to You (e-newsletter) , 24  April 2014
* Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW Preliminary Legal Studies Syllabus (2009) Part 1: The legal system (Sources of contemporary Australian law and Law reform in action – native title)
 
2. Case – Sticker v. NSW Department of Education and Communities (2014) - Teacher sues NSW Department of Education and Communities for negligence
 
In the case Sticker v. NSW Department of Education and Communities (2014), District Court Judge Leonard Levy said  that child X, an eight year old Sudanese refugee who was in year 2 at Bert Oldfield Public School, Seven Hills did not belong in a mainstream classroom and should have been removed from the school when his violent behaviour, including hitting and kicking children worsened. Judge Levy awarded teacher Jeanette Sticker, 55 years old, $689,294 plus costs after she sued the NSW Department of Education and Communities for negligence after she incurred a serious back injury while trying to discipline child X. Ms Sticker had been teaching for 30 years and was close to being appointed a principal at another school but her injuries were so severe she was forced to give up her teaching career.
 
* Reference: -“Teacher injured by refugee child awarded $700k compo” by Louise Hall in The Sydney Morning herald, 24 April 2014
* Syllabus link: - BOSTES NSW Preliminary Legal Studies Syllabus (2009) Part 1: The legal system (Classification of law)
-  BOSTES NSW Preliminary Legal Studies Syllabus (2009) Part 2 : The individual and the law (Resolving disputes)
 
3. Retiring NSW District Court Judge Ronald Solomon reflects on his time on the bench
After a 30 year career on the bench, Judge Ronald Solomon has retired describing criminal courts as a “very dark place”. Judge Solomon recalled a harrowing case early in his 30-year career on the bench that had a profound effect on him. The mother of a boy facing serious robbery offences was giving evidence about how her son had been treated like an animal by his father, who chained him to the back door and threw food to him. ‘‘The boy started to wail. It wasn't a cry, it was a wail ... I just looked down and there was the hardened crown prosecutor with tears in his eyes. I had tears in my eyes. That’s something I will never forget,’’ Judge Solomon said.  Judge Solomon grew up in Darlinghurst and attended the local public school where most children did not wear shoes and where “there were daily fights over the morning recess milk, which was breakfast for most of the pupils.” Judge Solomon is satisfied with the huge drop in crime over the past 20 years which he says has been brought about by increasing affluence, a decrease in the heroin supply ( “heroin is the great driver of robbery, break and enter and stealing”, he says), better policing and DNA technology and the deterrent effect of sentencing.
 
* Reference: - “Longest – serving judge recalls the tears and trauma” by Natasha Wallace in The Sydney Morning herald, 17-18 August 2013
* Syllabus link: - BOSTES NSW HSC Legal Studies Syllabus (2009) Part I of the core: Crime

4. Long-time Australian crime reporter Harry Potter dies
Veteran Channel Ten crime reporter Harry Potter has died, aged 72 years. "It is with heavy hearts that we announce our much-loved husband, father and father-in-law Harry passed away last night, surrounded by his family," Potter's wife, former channel 10 newsreader Katrina Lee,  and children said in a statement. "Harry's health deteriorated over the last month after a long battle with cancer" ( quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 9 May 2014).Potter spent more than 50 years of his life as a working journalist, with 32 of those years with Network Ten after joining Ten Eyewitness News in 1978. Potter's professionalism and reputation helped him get many exclusive interviews with victims, their families and even criminals, NSW Police media officer Shaun Fewings said. The case that haunted him most was the murder of schoolgirl Ebony Simpson in 1992. "The fate that befell her; it just always upset Harry," Mr Fewings said.

A  tribute video made for the former Ten News crime reporter Harry Potter in 2010, celebrating his 30 years at the network,
which shows some of the famous criminal cases he covered, can be seen here.

* Reference: "Veteran Ten reporter, 72, dies of cancer" by Michael Lallo in The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 2014 (online) 
* Syllabus link: - BOSTES NSW HSC Legal Studies Syllabus (2009) Part I of the core: Crime

 

Latest issue of "The EBE Journal"

The EBE JournalThe latest issue of "The EBE Journal" (Issue 2 - 2013) is now available on the members section of the EBE NSW website. Articles include:

  • Growth, Happiness and the Environment – Professor John Lodewijks, University of Western Sydney
  • Does demand for cigarettes create supply, or does supply create demand? And what should we do about it? – Professor Suzan Burton, University of Western Sydney
  • The Australian government’s Direct Action policy for meeting carbon emission reduction targets – Dr Neil Perry, Research Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, School of Business, University of Western Sydney
  • Krugman on the GFC and Austerity – Professor John Lodewijks, University of Western Sydney
  • Are we moving towards a cashless society – or simply less cash? – Steve Worthington, Associate at Australian Centre for Financial Studies
  • Will your next phone be Fair Trade? – Robbie Fordyce and Luke van Ryn, The University of Melbourne.
There are two interviews with two of the teachers who won a 2013 Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Award. Rowan Peterson from Norfolk Island Central School features in the "International School Teacher Profile". Teaching and learning activities include:
  • Commerce Group Assessment Task for “Global Links” – Joe Alvaro, Marist College North Shore
  • Business Management Decision-making Exercise – Louie Traikovski, Minaret College, Springvale Campus, Victoria
  • Human Resources Business Studies Activity – Kate Dally, Birrong Girls High School
There is also a report on the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game 2, 2013 as well as a profile on Crown Prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi, and much more.
 

Past issues of "The EBE Journal"

Some past issues of "The EBE Journal" are available on the members section of EBE NSW website and contain some useful teaching and learning resources. For example in “The EBE Journal” (Issue 1, 2012) there is a crossword activity based on key words/directive terms used in examination questions by EBE Vice-President Kate Dally. Look for the article titled “Examination Verbs”.
 

Do you want to get published? Do you want to help other teachers and students? - Articles needed for the next issue of “The EBE Journal”

You are invited to submit an article for publication in the next edition of “The EBE Journal” (please email us at admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au). Contributing to the journal is one way to demonstrate professional competence, accomplishment or leadership for the purposes of accreditation with BOSTES. It is also an effective way to engage in professional dialogue and sharing with other teachers.
 

Advertising in “The EBE Journal”

Enquires about advertising in “The EBE Journal” can be sent to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au
 

EBE NSW Helpdesk

As always EBE NSW Directors are available for advice and assistance to members in relation to the teaching and learning of Business Studies, Commerce, Economics and Legal Studies. Email helpdesk@ebe.nsw.edu.au.

I look forward to seeing you at the 2014 EBE NSW Annual Conference on Friday 16th May 2014.

Regards,

Joe Alvaro
President — Economics and Business Educators NSW

Looking back

1 May 1974 – Australian publisher and media magnate Sir Frank Packer died aged 67.
 
1 May 2011 - US President Barack Obama informs the world about the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in a raid on his home in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.
 
3 May 1961 – Australian Parliament voted 57-39 to deny Aborigines the right to vote.
 
3 May 1979 - Margaret Thatcher, 53 wins her first election, becoming the first female prime minister in Europe. She led Britain for 11 years.
 
3 May 1999 - An illegal heroin injecting room opens in Sydney's Kings Cross. This will lead to laws allowing a heroin injecting room.
 
14 May 1984 - Australian $1 coins went into circulation.
 
18 May 2001 - BHP shareholders vote to merge with London based miner Billiton, in the biggest amalgamation in Australian corporate history.
 
29 May 1975 – The Australian Family Law Court was established.
 
30 May 1928 - Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate was first produced in Tasmania.
 
31 May 1994 – Ivan Milat, 49, is charged with the murder of seven backpackers, whose bodies were found in the Belanglo State Forest southwest of Sydney. In 1996 Ivan Milat was sentenced to life in jail.

Quick statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census

In Australia, 35.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 36.1% had two registered motor vehicles and 16.5% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

Attitude to money

"It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy."
 - George Lorimer

Quote

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”
Edward Young
- English poet (1683 - 1765)

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