The proposal to introduce a phonics check — employed in schools in England towards the end of Year One — into Australian schools has created considerable controversy. It has been said it would prove stressful to young children and is unnecessary, because phonics is already taught adequately in most Australian schools as part of the literacy curriculum.
Alienation comes in many forms and the new State Theatre Company production, Terrestrial, digs deep into our human condition.
Sixty years ago, a grapefruit-sized aluminium sphere with six antennas and some tiny solar cells was launched into Earth orbit.
A grassroots social welfare program from the progressive years of the Whitlam Government is a model way to create more coherent and vibrant communities – and should be revived to steer future policy, a new research project has found.
The violent earthquake that rocked Papua New Guinea last month – causing devastating mud slides that trapped many communities in remote mountain areas – highlights the desperate need in PNG for medical supplies, which is being helped by generous donations and volunteer work in South Australia.
Healthy aquifers and groundwater supplies – just as important as Murray River-supplemented reservoirs – are a strategic source of Adelaide’s and South Australia’s long-term sustainability, with water experts warning the Adelaide Hills streams and catchment systems need urgent attention.
“An innovation hub to help Australian companies make the shift from traditional manufacturing to more advanced, value-added products and systems has opened in Adelaide.”