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Thirroul’s landscape and three women’s stories illuminate One Night

Thirroul’s landscape and three women’s stories illuminate One Night

Friendship, memory, betrayal and a vicious crime: a new Paramount Plus series explores the long-standing ties that bind three women and the explosive mystery that could drive them apart. A character-driven premier drama, One Night centres on the nature of buried memories, shifting viewpoints and the heart-tearing mystery which has coloured the lives of the main …read more

Paramount+ frames nation’s location and skills advantages

Paramount+ frames nation's location and skills advantages

With a range of scenic locales from beaches to deserts, and an array of highly-rated actors and film professionals, Australia has always been popular with international film and television production companies. International drama production here is worth more than $1 billion annually and now a new financial incentive has underscored Australia’s desirability as a location …read more

Small schools hold their own in rankings

Small schools hold their own in rankings

Defying the common belief that the best business courses are always provided by the largest and most historic universities, smaller and regional universities also feature in the top 10 in the career impact and quality categories of the AFR BOSS Best Business Schools rankings. Mid-sized Edith Cowan University in Perth, which caters for a large cohort …read more

Nutritious, varied meals, and ‘comfort food’ on offer

Nutritious, varied meals, and ‘comfort food’ on offer

Once notoriously unpalatable, boarding school food has evolved to cater to modern appetites and a modern understanding of nutrition – children and adolescents who expect a variety of tastes to choose from and who need sustenance to power them through high-energy days of physical activity and intellectual effort. Gone are the days of watery mince, soggy …read more

It’s all on the menu as kids’ needs covered

It’s all on the menu as kids’ needs covered

Allergies, intolerances, dislikes, religious bans: these days boarding school menus cater for a massive and sometimes overlapping patchwork of differing food requirements. Australian Boarding Schools Association chief executive Richard Stokes says most boarding schools now routinely offer boarders a vegetarian or even vegan option. The number of students with allergies and intolerances has grown markedly …read more

Preserving flexibility is key in gig economy

Preserving flexibility is key in gig economy

Gig work is valued by consumers, employers and workers across Australia. The numbers tell the story: More than eight million consumers use Uber services, from food delivery to transport and 50,000 Australian restaurants and retailers are partnered with the Uber Eats platform. Now more than 150,000 Australian Uber drivers are waiting for the government’s final word …read more

High costs drive shift to sustainable travel

High costs drive shift to sustainable travel

Australia’s love affair with the family car is getting more and more expensive and less and less sustainable: it’s time for a Dear John letter to the four-wheeled machine that gobbles up so much cash, time, pavement space while eroding the atmosphere. Cars cost big money to keep on the road: registration, repairs, fuel, insurance and …read more

Limited mobile phone use during school hours now a fact of life

Limited mobile phone use during school hours now a fact of life

Toongabbie Christian College in Sydney’s west has restricted students’ mobile phone usage during school hours for the past decade and the policy is now deeply ingrained in school life: a simple matter of distancing students from their phones, rather than introducing internet signal restrictions. The school, which has 1100 children and teenagers in classes from Kindergarten …read more

Sharing boosts community spirit

Sharing boosts community spirit

Inspired by the success of sharing their facilities during the pandemic, independent schools across Australia are continuing to keep their doors open to their local communities, says Melbourne University’s Dr Ben Cleveland, who has been studying school-community connections for more than three years. “There’s a propensity for independent schools to want to be seen to be …read more

Chemical weapons remain a concern

Chemical weapons remain a concern

With an Oscar for best feature documentary now linked to his name, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is one of the world’s better-known victims of a chemical weapons attack. Poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in 2020 by Russian operatives, Navalny was airlifted in a coma from Russia to Germany where he spent months recovering.