Socioeconomic disadvantage puts students three years behind, report finds

Australian schools’ maths and science results have flatlined for the past 20 years relative to comparable countries

The difference between attending a disadvantaged school and a more privileged one is the equivalent of three years of education, a report on Australia’s test results has found.

On Wednesday the Australian Council for Educational Research (Acer) released two reports on the performance of Australian children in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timss) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) tests.

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Coopers pulls Bible Society beer after marriage equality video sparks outcry

Brewery apologises for making light of the issue and cancels limited edition release of 10,000 cases of beer

Coopers brewery has cancelled the release of a limited edition light beer in association with the Bible Society after a “light-hearted” video debate about marriage equality that formed part of the publicity campaign sparked calls for a boycott.

Related: Message in a bottle: Coopers under fire for Bible Society marriage equality video

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NT royal commission told sexual remarks went unreported until harassment claim

Former Don Dale manager says staff told him of concerns over officer’s ‘flirtatious behaviour’ with young female detainees

A male youth justice officer who made sexually inappropriate remarks to juvenile detainees was not reported until he sexually harassed a colleague more than 18 months later, the Northern Territory royal commission has heard.

John Fattore, a former acting general manager of the Don Dale youth detention centre and investigator with the professional standards unit, was investigating a sexual harassment claim in 2009 when he was told by staff of other unreported incidents involving the officer and detainees.

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Womadelaide 2017: politics rages through Australia’s most diverse and surprising festival

In its 25th year, the world music festival took estimated crowds of 90,000 on a journey of discovery across four days

As the Waifs’ London Still rang out beneath an almost-full moon in Adelaide’s Botanic Park, the bittersweet song about the homesickness that visits an Aussie expat in the motherland certainly resonated with the well-travelled, multi-generational Womadelaide crowd.

But, on that late summer Saturday evening, few would have wished they were in London, still – or anywhere else on the planet for that matter. In the 25 years since the first Australian incarnation of Peter Gabriel’s Womad (World of Music, Arts and Dance), much has shifted on the Antipodean cultural map. Where once Australians had to travel to the UK or beyond to dose up on the sounds of the world, now – in the internet age – the world comes to Australia.

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