Dear EBE NSW Members,
Welcome to the first EBE NSW e-newsletter for 2016. Welcome back to all returning members and a warm welcome to our new members this year. The EBE NSW Board of Directors and staff look forward to working with you this year and supporting you as you teach the Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce courses to your students.
EBE NSW Membership renewals due now
Membership renewals were sent to all members last year. Thank you to members who have renewed their membership for 2016. Membership renewal reminders were sent out this year in February. Be sure to renew your membership before 1 April 2016 when 2015 memberships will end. Membership forms are available on the EBE NSW website for people wanting to become a member of EBE NSW. The following membership categories are available:
Please contact the EBE NSW office if you have any questions about your membership status.
- Individual (with Remote Rebate)
- Concessional (for casual/temporary teachers, retired teachers and student teachers)
Congratulations to the 2015 HSC Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies first in course top achievers
EBE NSW congratulates the following 2015 HSC students (and their teachers) who came first in NSW in the following courses:
Adam Kaplan (left) from Masada College - First in Economics, being presented with a certificate by NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli (right) (Source: Anna Warr)
Sung-Chan Kim (left) from Sydney Boys High School - First in Business Studies, being presented with a certificate by NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli (right) (Source: Anna Warr)
Imogen Elise Lewis (left) from Merewether High School - First in Legal Studies, being presented with a certificate by NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli (right) (Source: Anna Warr)
We wish these students and all the 2015 HSC Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies students all the best for the future and hope they will continue to build on the knowledge and skills they have gained through the Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies courses as local, national and global citizens and in their working lives.
Have you read the article “How many students studied HSC Economics, HSC Business Studies and HSC Legal Studies in 2015? “ in the latest issue of “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW”?
How are your 2016 HSC students going? The half way mark is nearly here. Give your students a competitive advantage by practising past EBE NSW trial HSC examination papers. Papers are available for Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies and come with marking criteria and suggested answers. The papers are written by EBE NSW Directors. There are discounts for EBE NSW members. Go to the EBE NSW website (“Publications”) for an order form. Practice makes success.
2016 EBE NSW Calendar of Events
The 2016 EBE NSW Calendar of Events is now available on the EBE NSW website. Be sure to save the dates in your diary. EBE NSW has high quality professional development courses planned for 2016, responding to the needs and suggestions of our members using the data gained from our past professional development courses which are regularly evaluated by attendees and the Board of Directors.
Term 1 EBE NSW Professional Development Events
1. EBE NSW Professional Development Event – “Teaching the Preliminary Course (Year 11) in Economics or Legal Studies for the First Time?”
Date: Wednesday 9 March 2016
Venue: Department of Education and Communities NSW Building, 3B Smalls Road, Ryde
*** Hurry – registrations closing soon. Registrations will be accepted until close of business on Monday 7 March 2016. ***
2. EBE NSW Professional Development Event – “Teaching the Preliminary Course (Year 11) in Business Studies for the First Time?”
Date: Wednesday 11 March 2015
Time: 8.45am – 3pm
Venue: Department of Education NSW Building, 3B Smalls Road, Ryde
*** Hurry – registrations closing soon. ***
3. EBE NSW Professional Development Event – “Revamping and Resourcing Commerce”
Date: Wednesday 30 March 2016
Venue: Department of Education NSW Building, 3B Smalls Road, Ryde
>> Full details and registration forms on the EBE NSW website.
EBE NSW Professional Development Event - 2016 EBE NSW Annual Conference - Inspired and Informed: Leading the Way in Economics and Business Education
Date: Friday 20 May 2016
Time: 8.30am - 4pm
Venue: Club Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd Burwood NSW
EBE NSW is pleased to provide the program for its Annual Conference on Friday 20 May 2016. The theme is "Inspired and Informed: Leading the Way in Economics and Business Education".
The strengths of the 2016 Conference program are:
- it covers a range of subject areas in the one day, making it a wise choice for several teachers in your school's HSIE Department to attend together;
- it offers a choice of sessions, providing flexibility to suit your professional learning needs;
- it provides a rigorous leadership strand aimed at Heads of Departments;
- it includes well-respected and engaging keynote speakers - Ross Gittins on the federal government budget that will have recently been released at the time of the conference; and Sarah Prescott, Head of Marketing and Communications from Thankyou, as a Business Case Study for the marketing topic;
- it incorporates practical classroom resources and ideas you can use, presented by well-respected classroom teachers;
- it is grounded in academic research; and
- it includes a review of the 2015 HSC examinations for Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies, presented by experienced HSC markers.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
There are discounts for EBE NSW members as well as early bird rates.
EBE NSW is offering two professional development grants which will fund the full conference registration fee and a contribution to travel expenses (up to $500) for two teachers from a remote area of NSW. See the item below, "EBE NSW 2016 Annual Conference Professional Development Travel Grants".
>> Download the conference program and registration form.
EBE NSW 2016 Annual Conference Professional Development Travel Grants
Are you a teacher from a remote area of NSW and a financial member of EBE NSW? EBE NSW is funding the full conference registration fee and a contribution to travel expenses (up to $500) for two teachers from a remote area of NSW. Teachers who wish to apply are asked to email EBE NSW a statement of 500 words or less outlining the expected benefits and learnings to be gained by attending the conference and networking with other teachers, and how those learnings would be shared with teachers from your school/region.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 8 April 2016. Applicants should include their name, school, address, email address, BOSTES NSW number (if applicable) and EBE NSW membership number. All applicants should ensure that they have their principal's permission to attend the conference.
2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial Conference – “Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business"
The 2016 Business Educators Australasia national conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September 2016. The conference will provide a forum for the teaching and learning of business and economics education and associated studies for colleagues across Australia. A particular emphasis will be on the development of the Australian Curriculum. As EBE NSW is an affiliate member of Business Educators Australasia, EBE NSW members can attend the conference at a discounted rate. There are also low student teacher rates available. More details can be found on the home page of the Business Educators Australasia website at www.bea.asn.au which will take you to the conference website.
EBE NSW Professional Development Grant - Your opportunity to travel to Hobart, Tasmania to attend the 2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial Conference – Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business
Economics and Business Educators NSW is offering a professional development grant for one EBE NSW member to attend the 2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial Conference – Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business to be held in Hobart, Tasmania on 29 September and 30 September 2016 (end of Term 3 school holidays). The grant covers the cost of return airfare, conference registration and accommodation at Wrest Point Hotel (the conference venue) on 28 September 2016 and 29 September 2016.
EBE members who wish to apply are asked to email EBE NSW a statement of 500 words or less describing the expected benefits and learnings to be gained by attending the conference and networking with other teachers, and how those learnings would be shared with teachers from your school and region.
Applications should be emailed to email@example.com by close of business on 8 April 2016. Applicants should include their full name, school, address, email address and EBE NSW membership number. More information about the 2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial Conference – Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business can be found on the home page of the Business Educators Australasia website at www.bea.asn.au which will take you to the conference website.
BOSTES NSW 2016 HSC marking applications now open
Applications to mark the 2016 Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies HSC examinations are now open. HSC marking is one of the most effective and useful professional development experiences that an HSC teacher can undertake.
>> More information is available on the home page of the BOSTES NSW website. Applications close Friday 18 March 2016. Be careful not to miss the closing date.
BOSTES NSW 2016 HSC Standards-setting Operation: Judge Applications
BOSTES NSW is inviting suitably experienced teachers to apply for the role of judge in the HSC Standards-Setting Operation. Student achievement in the HSC is reported against standards that are consistent over time. Each year the examination marks are aligned to the performance band descriptors. This requires the determination of a set of band cut-off marks for each examination, through a process known as ‘standards-setting’. This procedure involves using teams of experienced teachers as judges.
Judging is a great professional development opportunity for teachers to gain insight into how the bands are determined. Teachers who are applying for marking for the first time, or who have had successful recent marking experience, are encouraged to apply for judging. Most judging sessions are scheduled after the completion of marking.
>> More information is available on the home page of the BOSTES NSW website. Applications close on 18 March 2016.
BOSTES NSW Register of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce Curriculum Writers
The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) maintains a register of writers and reviewers to assist with syllabus development processes in NSW. People with expertise in writing and reviewing syllabuses, support documents, work samples or teaching units are invited to express their interest in being included on the register. The register will be used to identify potential writers and reviewers to undertake tasks associated with the analysis of consultation feedback and development of materials to support curriculum implementation. Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce teachers who like writing are invited to express their interest in being included on the register.
>> More information on the BOSTES NSW website (under “Job vacancies”).
NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships for Commerce, Economics or Business Studies teachers
Applications are invited from Commerce, Economics and Business Studies teachers in Government, Catholic or Independent Schools and TAFE NSW Institutes across New South Wales for two 2016 Premier's Teacher Scholarships to undertake a five week study tour. All school teachers and TAFE NSW teachers should plan for their study tours to occur between the period from the 1st of January 2017 up until the 30 June 2017.
The two scholarships being offered to Commerce, Economics and Business Studies teachers are:
>> More information is available here.
- Premier's Reserve Bank of Australia Economics Scholarship
(One scholarship of $15,000 will be awarded in 2016)
- Premier's First State Super Financial Literacy Scholarship
(One scholarship of $15,000 will be awarded in 2016)
Applications close 6 May 2016.
EBE NSW is happy to provide further advice to teacher members who are interested in applying. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org should you require assistance.
CPA PYOE Competition returns in 2016!
The CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition (PYOE) is a competition open to all full-time secondary school students enrolled in a registered secondary school in Australia.
To enter, students need to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a 3000 word business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business. The business plan needs to included: the Business name, the businesses prime function, the location, the appropriate legal structure, the business mission, the staffing requirements, the marketing plan, financial plans (including a list of start up costs, a sales forecast, and a monthly cash budget), future prospects and up to five pages of appendices.
This competition promotes: organisational and planning, innovation, decision making, research and communication, prioritising and collaborating, reflection and action. The competition has two divisions:
- Division one – Open to individual student entries, submitted by students of any age, attending a registered secondary school.
- Division two – Which is for group entries (maximum of six students)
NSW entries are due by Friday September 2, 2016 (Term 3, Week 7). These will be marked, and finalists in both divisions will be invited to the NSW Presentation. At this presentation, the winner in each division will be announced. The NSW Division One winner will receive an iPad mini 4 64GB Wi-Fi (valued at $699). Certificates and other prizes will also be awarded.
The Division One winner will then be flown down to Melbourne for the National Presentation on Thursday October 13 (Term 3, Week 1). They will join the division one finalists from the other states and territories of Australia, where the national winner will be announced.
This competition can be incorporated into assessment tasks for both Commerce (Option 11: Running a Business) and Year 11 Business Studies (Topic: Business planning).
All students who enter the competition will receive a Certificate of Participation.
>> See the EBE NSW website for more details.
Register now for the first ASX Schools Sharemarket Game of 2016
Registrations are now open for the first ASX Schools Sharemarket Game of 2016. Game 1 begins on 10 March 2016. There are two games per year and the Game is free to play.
A great way for your students to have fun while they learn valuable personal finance and business skills. The Game ties in with the curriculum, encourages healthy competition, and offers fantastic real-life experience. How does it work? Students get a virtual $50,000, and create their own portfolio, buying and selling shares in real market conditions. It’s as close to real trading as you can get! No need to be a sharemarket expert. Ready-made lesson plans and tutorial videos are provided, making it easy to teach the Game.
>> More information and register your students here.
EBE NSW members can access articles on past winners of the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game in past editions of “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” where winners share their winning strategies and share these with students who are playing the Game this year. Visit the members section of the EBE NSW website for past editions of “The EBE Journal”.
The 2016 UNSW Business School Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition
The UNSW Business School invites your students to participate in the 2016 Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition.
Students compete in two divisions:
a) Junior Division – Year 11 and below; or
b) Senior Division – Year 12.
For both Competitions:
- Economics Competition – 28 April 2016
- Business Studies Competition – 12 May 2016
Questions: 40 multiple choice questions, each with 4 choices. Questions will be printed in booklets. Standardised response sheets and question booklets will be provided for each participating student.
Duration: 50 minutes
Material: Pencils and erasers only. No calculators or rulers are allowed.
Location: In your school, under strict examination conditions and supervision.
All questions are of equal value. Each student will start off with ten (10) marks. One (1) mark will be awarded for each correct response, whilst each incorrect response will attract a one quarter (1/4) mark penalty to discourage random guessing. Unattempted questions score zero (0). This gives a total mark ranging from 0 to 50.
Awards: In each division, awards will be allocated on a state-wide basis as follows:
All participating students will receive a certificate signed by a representative from the University of New South Wales. In addition, top percentiles in each division and State will receive monetary prizes of $40, $75, $100 and $200. The overall National Winner(s) will receive $400. Registrations close on 1st April 2016.
- High Distinction - top 5%
- Distinction - next 15% (top 5-20%)
- Credit - next 30% (top 20-50%)
- Participation - for all other students
>> More information here.
CPA Australia Careers Expo
Date: Thursday 14 April 2016
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Venue: Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street Sydney
This complimentary event connects Economics and Business Studies students with industry experts and potential employers, allowing then to seek advice and access information about careers within the accounting and finance industry.
>> For more information and to register click here.
The Conversation with Alex Malley - Sunday 10:00am - Channel Nine
Alex Malley , the chief executive of CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with 19 offices globally and more than 155,000 members worldwide, was a keynote speaker at the 2015 EBE NSW Annual Conference. Hear more from Alex on the Nine TV Network in 2016 with his new series, “The Conversation with Alex Malley”.
Following on from the tremendous success of three seasons of The Bottom Line, the new show airs at 10.00am on Sundays and reveals the moving life stories of influential leaders. The inspiring, thought-provoking guests discuss their big lives and how they've made a real difference, through conversations with Alex.
Could you show a part or all of a particular episode during your Commerce, Economics, Business Studies or Legal Studies lesson?
>> More information and episodes here.
CityTalks: People First with Mary Robinson with Mary Robinson
Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Venue: State Theatre, 49 Market Street Sydney
Cost: Free ( Registration required)
At this CityTalks event, hear from Mary Robinson – former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, President, The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. Mary is a forceful advocate for human rights, ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice and addressing climate change.
If we address inequality and focus on social inclusion will we create more resilient cities?
MC: Adam Spencer
Welcome and keynote: Lord Mayor Clover Moore
Keynote speaker: Mary Robinson: President, The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, former President of Ireland, former UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Member of The Elders
Guest speaker: Dr Richard Denniss: Chief Economist, The Australia Institute
- Lord Mayor Clover Moore
- Mary Robinson: President, The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
- Stan Grant: SKY NEWS International Editor
- Narelle Hooper: Advisor, author, former editor of the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS magazine
- Dr Richard Denniss: Chief Economist, The Australia Institute
- Sam Mostyn: Director, Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development, President, Australian Council for International Development, former Australian Football League (AFL) Commissioner
- Deng Thiak Adut: Lawyer, community leader
Presented by the City of Sydney, in partnership with The Guardian.
>> More information and to book your free ticket click here.
Have you subscribed to the “Trade Talk” e-newsletter?
The “Trade Talk” e-newsletter is published by the Australian Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “Trade Talk” brings you a selection of the latest trade news from Australia and the world. Make sure you and your Economics students have it regularly delivered to your email inbox.
>> Subscribe here.
Economics and Business News Bites
1. Westpac Economic Update: 26 February 2016
A review of the latest important data and events as well as key information affecting the Australian market - prepared by Westpac Economics.
>> Click here to access the update on video (accessed on 1 March 2016).
2. Reserve Bank holds interest rates at 2 per cent
The Reserve Bank has left interest rates on hold at 2 per cent for the tenth month in a row, despite growing evidence the Australian economy is slowing.
>> Full details here.
Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW Preliminary Economics Syllabus - Topic 5 – Financial Markets
3. 50th anniversary of decimal currency
In February 2016 Australia celebrated the 50th anniversary of decimal currency which was introduced on 14 February 1966. Watch the student friendly story “Decimal currency” from the ABC children’s current affairs program “Behind the News”.
Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW Commerce Syllabus - Core Part 1.1 – Consumer Choice
4. Five cent coin on chopping block?
Five cent coins could be on their way out 50 years after decimal currency was introduced, according to the head of the Royal Australian Mint.
>> Full details here.
Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW Commerce Syllabus – Core Part 1.1 – Consumer Choice
5. Bills are not always error free – check your bills
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning the public to carefully check their bills, pointing to a recent case in which a consumer detected significant errors in two bills in the space of a week, saving themselves nearly $400 out of bills totalling $1,000. Mr Stowe said many people assumed their bills, whether for home loans, utilities, credit cards or even supermarket purchases, were error free.
>> More details here.
Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW Commerce Syllabus – Core Part 1.1 – Consumer Choice and Core Part 1.2 – Personal Finance
Legal News Bites
1. Civil law case - Coles ordered to pay $284k to woman who slipped in Sydney store
Coles has been ordered to pay $284,000 to a mother who fell in one of their stores and seriously injured her ankle.
>> Full details here.
Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW Commerce Syllabus – Core Part 2.1 – Law and Society, Option 8 – Law in Action
2. Woolworths misled consumers over product safety hazards – Ordered to pay over $3 million in penalties
The Federal Court has today ordered Woolworths Limited (Woolworths) to pay total penalties of $3.057 million for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law relating to safety issues with house brand products sold in Woolworths supermarkets, Big W and Masters stores.The Court declared that Woolworths engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and in some cases had made false or misleading representations about the safety of five of its house brand products - a deep fryer, drain cleaner, safety matches, a padded flop chair and a folding stool, over a period of 3 years.
>> More details here.
Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW Legal Studies HSC Syllabus – Option – Consumers
3. New gun laws pass NSW Parliament - Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Act 2015
Laws introducing tougher penalties to target the illegal firearm trade have passed NSW Parliament. The laws:
>> More details here.
- create a new offence for the possession of a stolen firearm, which will carry a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment;
- increase the maximum penalty for defacing or altering any identifying mark on any firearm or firearm part, or for possessing a defaced or altered firearm or firearm part, from five years to 14 years’ imprisonment;
- apply consistent maximum penalties of 14 years’ imprisonment to a range of other offences relating to unauthorised possession, use, supply, or acquisition of firearms where the firearm involved is a pistol, a prohibited firearm, or is defaced, unregistered or stolen; and
- include a ban on the possession of digital blueprints that enable firearms to be manufactured using 3D printers and milling machines for anyone without an appropriate licence.
Syllabus link: BOSTES NSW Legal Studies Preliminary Syllabus – Part 1 – The Legal System – Law reform in action
Latest issue of “The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” now available
The latest issue of "The EBE Journal" (Issue 2 — 2015) is now available in the members section of the website. Contents include:
- President’s Report
- EBE NSW News
- Economics and Business News Bites - Joe Alvaro
- Legal News Bites - Joe Alvaro
- CommBank Teaching Awards 2015 - Bronwyn Hession
- Improving extended response writing in Stage Five Commerce using ALARM - Nick Ward and Max Woods
- Protection and its Impact on the Australian Automobile Industry - Duc Nguyen and Tony Stokes
- ASX Schools Sharemarket Game 2 2015 - Amanda Mior
- Song of the Headmaster: Then & Now - Barry Collier
- An Overview of the State of the Australian Economy in 2015 - Dr Anthony Stokes and Dr Sarah Wright
- The importance of enterprise skills to prepare students for the new work order - Georgie Swan
- Maximise student performance by teaching students how to deliver quality self and peer feedback - Matthew Bookallil
- Commerce Assessment Task – Personal Finance Topic and Investing Topic - Commerce Department, Knox Grammar School
- How many students studied HSC Economics, HSC Business Studies and HSC Legal Studies in 2015? - Joe Alvaro
- Report on EBE NSW Field Trip for Teachers – CHOICE Lab and Testing Facility Guided Tour - Christopher Sassine
- President’s Report to the 2015 Economics and Business Educators NSW Annual General Meeting
- Economics and Business Educators NSW Financial Statements for the Year Ended 30 June 2015
Past issues of “The EBE Journal”
Past issues of "The EBE Journal" are in the members section of the EBE NSW website and contain useful teaching and learning resources. For example in Issue 1, 2014 there is a Commerce Examination based on the “Consumer Choice” and “Personal Finance” topics.
A call for articles for “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW”
Would you like to publish an article published in “The EBE Journal”? Articles are welcome from educators in schools, educators from curriculum authorities and academics in universities.
Contributing to the journal is one way to demonstrate the national professional teaching standards at any of the four career stages – Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished or Lead. It is also an effective way to engage in professional dialogue and sharing with other teachers. All sources are acknowledged and copies of published articles can be attached to or/and mentioned to your C.V.
Please ensure that all tables, diagrams and figures included with your article are of a suitable quality for reproduction.
All articles and/or enquires should be directed to:
Economics and Business Educators NSW
3B Smalls Road Ryde NSW 2112
Phone: (02) 9886 7786
Fax: (02) 9886 7673
Would you like to advertise in “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW”?
Advertisements are welcome for “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW”. Expose your product to teachers of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce. Contact email@example.com for more information.
All good wishes for a happy Easter.
President — Economics and Business Educators NSW
1 March 1975 – Colour TV arrives in Australia.
2 March 1986 – The Australia Act became law, cutting Australia’s legalities with Britain. Appeals from an Australian court to a British court are now not allowed.
7 March 1876 – A patent is issued in the US for the telephone devised by Alexander Graham Bell.
10 March 1959 – Australia’s population reached 10 million.
18 March 2003 – Prime Minister John Howard formally pledged 2000 Australian defence personnel to a US-led attack on Iraq.
12 March 1921 – Edith Cowan, 60, becomes the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament.
14 March 1964 – Nightclub owner Jack Ruby is found guilty in Dallas, Texas of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of US President John F. Kennedy, who had been charged with the assassination of John F. Kennedy two days earlier.
15 March 44BC – Julius Caesar, dictator of the Roman Republic, is assassinated by a group of senators led by Gaius Cassius.
20 March 1990 – John Wayne Glover, who killed six elderly North Shore women, is arrested in Sydney. The “granny killer” committed suicide by hanging himself in his Lithgow jail cell in 2005.
23 March 1922 – Queensland’s 63 year old upper house is abolished as an Act is proclaimed for one chamber of Parliament.
24 March 1977 – Don Chipp resigned from the Australian Liberal Party with the intention of forming his own party. In May of the same year, he forms the Australian Democratic Party. In 2015 the party was deregistered as a political party by the Australian Electoral Commission because it had not met the required threshold of 500 members.
25 March 1988 – EFTPOS machines began operating at over 8000 retail outlets across Australia.
26 March 1984 – The Australian $100 note went into circulation.
26 March 1987 – A dysfunctional Sydney City Council is sacked by the NSW Labor state government.
29 March 1901 – Australia’s first Federal election was held. Sir Edmund Barton was voted in as the country’s first Prime Minister.
30 March 1962 – Australian Aborigines won the right to vote in federal elections.
Quick statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census
In Australia, of people aged 15 years and over, 70.0% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.8% provided care for children and 10.9% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 17.8% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.
Result from 2015 Australia Teacher Magazine Education Survey Australia (4200+ educators took part in the survey)
1. We should have a single, national education system, rather than a state and territory based system.
2. Students should be allowed access to social media sites at school.
- Agree: 72%
- Disagree: 11%
- Neutral: 17%
3. Educators should be allowed to communicate with students via social media during school hours.
- Agree: 18%
- Disagree: 61%
- Neutral: 20%
- Agree: 18%
- Disagree: 62%
- Neutral: 20%
Reference: Australian Teacher Magazine, December 2015
Did you know?
Sanitarium Health Food Company (Weet-Bix etc.) is 100% owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Attitude to money
“A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went”
― Dave Ramsey
“There will always be evil, and it’s our job not to turn away.”
― Kate McClymont, Investigative Reporter