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'Anything Can Happen' says new education ad - but will it keep kids in school?

A new advertisement by the Tasmanian Education Department is causing controversy.

The advertisement, which encourages students to stay in school until Year 12, says that if students drop out they will ‘do nothing’. The alternative is to stay and be able to ‘do anything’.

Watch the advertisement above and let us know what you think.

Listen as Brian Carlton and Tas Talks listener Michael discuss the advertisement below.

'This is kind of my story - I've lived this' - University College boss Lee Whiteley talks associate degrees & more

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What is the University College?

That’s what many people have been asking since the college was established in 2016, with a big push this year to get students to enrol in the new associate degrees.

These degrees look to help people get into further university degrees, or just give them a way that they can expand their knowledge whilst maintaining a full time job.

Lee Whiteley is the Chief Executive of the University College, and comes from a background in industry. He speaks with Brian Carlton about what the University College actually does, and why he decided to put his hand up for this position.

The University College will have a pop-up booth in the Quadrant Mall, Launceston today from 12pm – 2pm if you would like more information.

'We've got to make it better tomorrow than it is today' - $490 million funding for Tassie students with a disability

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For several years, there have been calls to provide more support to students with a disability in schools, and move towards a needs-based funding model.

This may finally be a reality, with the State and Federal Government signing the National School Reform Agreement last week. This agreement will see an additional $490 million injected into Tasmanian schools over the next 10 years to fill the gaps in funding.

Kristen Desmond is the founder of the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby, and was worked hard for many years to see this kind of funding become a reality. She speaks with Brian Carlton this morning to talk about the fantastic news.

‘Stop the stunts, stop the threats… and negotiate in good faith’ says Education Minister re AEU action

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The State Education Minister has strongly urged the Australian Education Union (AEU) Tasmania branch to ‘stop the stunts, stop the threats and negotiate in good faith’ over further industrial action.

AEU members have announced that they will attend 45 minute ‘stop work’ meetings at 9am on Tuesday 27th November in the North and North-West, and on Wednesday the 23rd November in the South. They will not be on site at school until 10:30am, which means some schools may need to close for the morning.

Education Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, joins Brian Carlton this morning to talk about the escalating action, and whether the government is willing to budge on their 2% wage increase.

Advanced Welding Training Centre for Burnie, sexting school program ‘wacky and dangerous’


The boons for Braddon continue, with the announcement today that an Advanced Welding Training Centre will be based in South Burnie.

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, is in Burnie today to make the announcement, which will see five state-of-the-art welding simulators installed at the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) Centre of Excellence in South Burnie.

Minister Birmingham also answers questions regarding a Victorian high school teaching children how to ‘safe sext’, which the Minister says is ‘wacky and dangerous.’

Image: By Department of Education and Training, CC BY 3.0 au,

AEU flags potential early school closures next Wednesday

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Schools may be forced to close early next Wednesday 24th October, due to increasing industrial action by teachers.

Teachers are planning on attending ‘Stop Work’ rallies on the Wednesday at 3pm at Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie and St Helens.

However this means that parents will need to make alternative arrangements to pick their children up, with early school closures likely to differ from school to school.

Brian Carlton speaks to Australian Education Union Tasmanian Branch President, Helen Richardson, about the industrial action, and what disruptions it will cause to schools.

AEU strike action ‘very disappointing’, says Education Minister as schools prepare to close early

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State Education Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, has described the Australian Education Union Tasmanian branch’s decision to walk off the job early tomorrow as a ‘very disappointing action.’

He joins Brian Carlton this morning to speak about the strike action, saying that the Government’s commitment to hire 250 teachers over the next six years would do better to address teachers concerns of workloads, rather than a pay increase.

They also discuss a recent Grattan Institute report on Education, and the contract for the new Bruny Island ferries.

Be bold and privatise GBE's, abolish the college system, says Saul Eslake


Today saw the release of noted economist Saul Eslake's annual Tasmania Report, which details Tasmania's economic performance over the past year.

In the report, Mr Eslake suggests the privatisation of many State Owned Companies, such as TasNetworks and Aurora Energy.

Mr Eslake speaks with Brian Carlton about his report, and renews his call for the college system to be abolished in Tasmania. 

Concerns for student welfare with AEU action tomorrow

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There is a concern that children will be left unattended at state schools over the next two days, with Australian Education Union (AEU) members choosing not to begin work until 10:30am.

With Metro bus services unchanged, there are concerns children will be left stranded at schools prior to the later starting times. Other frustrated parents are choosing not to send their children to school at all, saying that this is an easier option than trying to send their child to school around work times. 

President of the Tasmanian Association of State Schools Organisation (TASSO), Nigel Jones, joins Brian Carlton this morning. He says that these strike actions are ‘extremely disappointing’, and only hurt parents and students.  

For more information on which schools will be closed, click here

Concerns over current school education - why don't young people know about the wars?

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What are essential skills and topics that you learnt in school, but young people don’t seem to be taught today?

Brian Carlton is always incredibly confused to find that people were not taught about the wars, whilst basic numeracy and literacy skills rate highly with other listeners.

Take a listen as Tasmania Talks listeners discuss what they missed out on at school, or what they think young people are missing out on today.

Government delivers anti bullying funding acknowledging problem in state schools


Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff has acknowledged that bullying in state schools is an issue.

Speaking with Brian Carlton, Minister Rockliff says that the State Government last year announced $3 million for anti-bullying programs for Tasmanian students, which includes specific programs for bullying of LGBTI and special needs children.

"There are many mechanisms in our schools that are doing a very good job with respect to anti-bullying behavior, including building a resilience in our kids," Minister Rockliff says.

The Minister says that this year’s State Government budget includes costs for more school nurses and psychologists, to help school teachers to deal with the issue of bullying.

"Many times resources can seem thin and that's why we're supporting our schools with more we can get on top of these very serious issues."

They also discuss the mass redundancies at JBS meatworks in Longford.

Heartbreaking call talks bullying, autism, and mental health in schools


Anti-bullying policies in schools simply aren’t working, not when a 12 year-old is attempting suicide.

Launceston mother Leanne calls Brian Carlton on Free Range Friday with a plea to local schools to do something about bullying, saying that her son has been bullied because of his size and autism.

This sparks an interesting conversation from callers about bullying, autism and whether those children with special needs are able to learn properly in mainstream classrooms.

If you need help or someone to talk to, call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.

Inveresk UTAS campus predicted to open by 2021, with federal funds transferred today


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Education Minister Simon Birmingham, and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher are visiting Launceston today to officially complete the transfer of federal funds for the UTAS precinct moves – both at Inveresk and in Burnie.

Minister Birmingham joins Brian Carlton in the studio to discuss this momentous day for the major UTAS plan.

They also talk about what comes next for the Inveresk move, with Minister Birmingham predicting construction to begin before years end, and students to be in the new precinct by 2021.

Image: Supplied.

Lambie tips Keay for Braddon win, reminds Birmingham of funding promise amid allegations of disability funding shortfall


Jacqui Lambie is tipping Justine Keay to win the Braddon by-election, citing preference flows and a grassroots campaign as the reason for the pick.

The former Senator and head of the JLN joins Brian Carlton for their weekly chat, where the Senator wishes to set the record straight on allegations that there are concerns the Federal Liberal Government has slashed disability education funding.

Jacqui secured an extra $20 million for Tasmanian education when she was in Parliament, and says that she had an ironclad promise from Education Minister Simon Birmingham that despite her resignation from Parliament, the deal would still be honoured.

LAMBIE: Ban eating in Bunnings; says you need to prove yourself to get a pay rise in response to AEU actions


With the whole country reeling after new OH&S rules at Bunnings have changed our sausage sizzles, Jacqui Lambie believes we should just ban eating within Bunnings stores in the first place.

The former Senator and head of the JLN joins Brian Carlton this morning to speak about various issues of current affairs, including the Bunnings #oniongate, ScoMo’s bus tour, and Indonesia’s demands on the potential move of Australia’s embassy on Jerusalem.

Jacqui also weighs in on the current AEU industrial action, saying that generally employees need to prove that they deserve a pay rise or promotion, and that she is concerned about how these actions could affect student's education.

O’Byrne talks concerns over Labor free education plan


On Sunday, Labor announced that if elected to government, they will remove public school fees and provide free bus transport to a child’s closest school.

Whilst this will provide access to education for all Tasmanian children, there are concerns over how schools would be compensated for the loss of fees, among other questions.

Labor Member for Bass and Shadow Minister for Education, Michelle O’Byrne, speaks to Brian Carlton about the details of the policy.

Online study leads to less support and opportunities for Tas Talks listener


Studying an online degree or diploma is difficult, especially if you are not offered as much support as those studying physically at university or TAFE.

Tasmania Talks listener Bree calls in to talk with Brian Carlton about a similar situation, saying that she needs to complete 100 hours of work experience to complete her diploma. However, Bree states that all preference for work placements is given to university and TAFE students first.

Listen as Bree explains her issue, and hear who calls in afterwards!

Premier talks new health funding, public servants pay rise, and reflects on 2018

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With 2018 drawing to a close, it’s easy to forget that at the start of this year we had a state election in which the Hodgman Liberal Government was returned.

Premier Will Hodgman joins Brian Carlton this morning for the last show of the year to talk about current political topics and reflect back on the year.

Topics discussed included the federal government’s new $1.25 billion in health funding, the pay rise stoush with public servants, and whether we will follow NSW’s lead and ban mobile phones in primary schools

ROCKLIFF: state school retention rate is at 74%, govt on target to reach 80% Year 12 retention goal

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The state education minister says that whilst Tasmanian high schools across the state have a retention rate of 71.5%, the ‘apparent retention’ for state government schools is at 74.1%.

This comes off the back of a study which states the Year 12 retention rate has only increased by 1% over the past seven years.

Minister for Education, Jeremy Rockliff, joins Brian Carlton this morning to discuss these statistics, and says that the government is still on track to reach their target of 80% retention rate.

St Thomas More's girls gear up for National competition - but need your help to do so

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Ten young women from St Thomas More's catholic school in Launceston need your help to make their engineering dreams come true.

The 'Galaxy Gurus' won the Lego Robotics League Tasmanian State Tournament at the start of the month, where they had to program a lego robot to conduct certain 'missions'. As a result the students are off to compete in the national finals in Sydney, but need a total of $12,000 to get there.

St Thomas More's assistant principal and team coach Kurt Atkins joins Brian Carlton in the studio this morning, along with team members Olivia Richardson, Scarlett Morrison, Anna Heard and Claire Hepburn, to discuss what the robotics tournament is about and the National competition in Sydney.

If you would like to make a donation to the team, please click here. A sponsorship of $500 or more can get your logo on their team shirts, but it will need to be by tomorrow at 3pm - so get in quick!



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