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The Herald Sun, Melbourne, 10 February 2006
Parents get fee shield
By Kate Rose
PARENTS will be protected from schools trying to make them pay voluntary fees, but the schools will not be penalised.
The Education Training and Reform Bill [in the State of Victoria - C.F.], which will affect more than 1.3 million students, also removes any right of appeal to the Ombudsman over school closures.
The Bill will also raise the leaving age to 16; give a free place to all under 20 to complete Year 12 or a TAFE equivalent; ban all corporal punishment; create an authority to monitor all education providers, including home schoolers; and require annual reports.
The Weekend Australian Magazine, Sydney, 11 February 2006
Goodbye the cane
By Anne Lim
The cuts, as schoolkids called the cane, used to be a mainstay of school life, causing fear and loathing and much blowing on hands. However, a swift stroke across the palm was often preferred to hours of detention. From 1981, Victorian parents and unions campaigned to ban the cane, citing instances of abuse. In 1983, the Cain government outlawed it in Catholic and government schools; Tasmania, NSW, the ACT and South Australia followed suit by banning the practice entirely. It lives on in private schools in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, though new legislation is set to outlaw the practice in Victoria.
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