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Teaching students fail skills test

by SARAH MARTIN

One in 10 teaching students has failed a new literacy and numeracy test aimed at weeding out unfit graduates before they enter the classroom.

The first results of a government crackdown on teacher standards indicate thousands of graduates are teaching in schools without basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills. Eight per cent of tested students failed the literacy test, while 10 per cent failed the numeracy test.

‘Not daunted by climate challenge’

Malcolm Turnbull has promised to spend “at least” $1 billion helping vulnerable nations cope with climate change, as he told the climate change conference in Paris Australia wouldn’t be daunted by the challenge.

Like the $200 million pledged for a global climate fund at similar talks in Peru last year, the additional $800 million will be redirected from the existing foreign aid budget.

$6bn boost from pension reform

by ADAM CREIGHTON, MICHAEL OWEN

The full and rapidly growing value of retirees’ homes should be part of the eligibility test for the Age Pension, the Productivity Commission has recommended, in a bid to make the social security system fairer and encourage retirees to make better use of their almost $1 trillion in home equity.

In a landmark study of older Australians’ housing decisions and the policies that affect them, the commission has estimated that including the full value of the family home in the Age Pension test would see about 360,000 people lose the entitlement, about 15 per cent of the total.

Retirees’ homes under spotlight

by Staff Reporter

Retirees’ homes under spotlight

A Productivity Commission report is set to reveal billions could be wiped from the budget deficit if retirees tap into the approximate $1 trillion tied up in the family home, with a higher standard of living to result for those willing to use more equity from their homes.

Russian jet ‘downed for IS oil trade’

Vladimir Putin has accused Ankara of shooting down a Russian warplane to protect supplies of oil from the Islamic State group to Turkey.

With no sign of tensions easing between Russia and Turkey, the Russian President told a news conference on the fringes of the UN climate talks in Paris: “We have every reason to think that the decision to shoot down our plane was dictated by the desire to protect the oil supply lines to Turkish territory.”

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Teaching students fail skills test
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‘Not daunted by climate challenge’
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$6bn boost from pension reform
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Retirees’ homes under spotlight
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Russian jet ‘downed for IS oil trade’