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NAPLAN moves online

Posted by: Gina Baker | Gina Baker 25 September, 2014 - 7:03 PM
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4BC Drive: The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) are planning to move NAPLAN test online.  

ACARA CEO Rob Randall told 4BC Drive there are many benefits to delivering the test via a computer or tablet.

In future the testing program will be able to provide real time results allowing questions to be tailored to students according to their ability.

“Instead of the very strong students just getting everything right we will stretch them a little bit and see what they actually can do”.

“The turnaround on results will be much faster”.

“Our research tells us the students will be more engaged, they would prefer this to the paper and pencil mode”, he said.

Mr Randall say the new approach will still mean use national standards and will give ACARA more confidence in identify areas where children are struggling making their findings more accurate than in the past.

The Competition Policy Review

Posted by: Lauren Gillin | Lauren Gillin 23 September, 2014 - 5:50 PM
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4BC Drive: The Competition Policy Review is looking at revamping regulations surrounding competition in Australia.

It is the first such review undertaken in 20 years and draft recommendations were release yesterday.

Among the many things they cover are fuel prices, electricity supply, trading hours and price matching.

The Chairman of the Review Panel, Professor Ian Harper ran Ben Davis through some of the more contentious recommendations like the deregulation of community pharmacies and selling alcohol in supermarkets.

The Proffessor says the  panel also recommended a uniformed approach to trading hours meaning retailers in every state will be able to set their own trading hours.

"Restricting the capacity of bricks and motor retailers to trade when they want to trade is trying their hands behind back when dealing with online competition", he said.

The final report of the review board is due in March next year

Professor Ian Harper says the panel is now in a period of consolation and is seeking submission from the public and encourages listeners to head to the review’s website. http://competitionpolicyreview.gov.au/

LISTEN: Professor Ian Harper explains the Competition Policy Reviews draft reccomendations

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Must Do Brisbane

Posted by: Candice Marshall | Candice Marshall 13 June, 2014 - 3:57 PM
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4BC Drive: Looking for something to do in the River City this weekend?

Ben Davis speaks to Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.com about some exciting things going on

This weekend Jodi suggests...

*Love-Song-Circus (QPAC's Cremorne Theatre)

*Cribbie: A nostalgic musical play about a Brisbane suburb that disappeared (Ipswhich Civic Centre)

*Chalet Bar (a cosy underground hideaway in Spring Hill that is as close as it gets to an apres ski lodge bar without leaving Brisbane)

*Racecourse Road Winter Lights Festival

*Highland House (a family busineness servicing Brisbane's Scottish community)

*Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt (Ipswhich Civic Centre) 

 

LISTEN: Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.com

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Must Do Brisbane

Posted by: Staff Writers | Staff Writers 6 June, 2014 - 4:21 PM
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4BC Drive: Looking for something to do in the River City this weekend?

Ben Davis speaks to Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.com about some exciting things happening. 

For this long weekend Jodi suggests...

*Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival

*Rugby Union’s Wallabies vs France game

*The Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway

*Open house and guided tours of Government House

*Lifeline Bookfest

And for the kids...

*‘History Alive’ at Fort Lytton

*The new ndoor trampoline park at Tingalpa. 

LISTEN: Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.com

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How to negotiate your energy

Posted by: Candice Marshall | Candice Marshall 26 May, 2014 - 5:53 PM
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4BC Drive: If you are currently receiving the eight cent solar feed-in tariff (which ends on July 1) the Queensland Consumers Association has some tips for negotiating with energy retailers.

It is also expected the Queensland Competition Authority will be releasing higher electricity prices soon, so what can you do to avoid bill shock?

Ben Davis spoke to Ian Jarratt from the Queensland Consumers Association, to get some advice. 

Mr Jarratt said negotiating with these big companies is a daunting task.

 

You are one of thousands and they are one of about four or five. And they have all the knowledge and all the power so it is difficult for consumers.

 

“All we can say is people really have to do their homework and try to learn some negotiation skills, be prepared and make it clear that you are prepared to shop around,” Mr Jarrat said.   

“You’ve just got to equip yourself to be out there in the marketplace. Consumers can do a lot to improve their situation.”

 

 

 

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