Home' InDaily : October 2nd 2009 Contents Widening participation:
Supporting the transition of non-traditional
groups to higher education.
JAM USA/0574/43 CRICOS PROVIDER NO 00121B
Professor Miriam David, Institute of Education,
University of London
What can we learn from 7 recent UK projects on
Widening Participation in Higher Education?
How do we ensure that socially diverse students
make it up the education ladder, and stay engaged?
Monday 19 October 2009
Bradley Forum, Hawke Building,
Level 5, 50 North Terrace, City West campus
5.15pm for a 5.30pm start
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Jointly presented by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.
October 2 - 8, 2009
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Two sides to bivalve battle
South Australian cockle fishers are
fighting over an ever-valuable but
diminishing resource, according
to a parliamentary committee
investigating the industry.
The committee has found the
industry riven by dissent ever since
the Department of Fisheries began
regulating cockle harvesting, giving
some catchers enormous access to
the multi-million dollar resource and
allocating other fishers such small
quotas it is hardly worth their while.
Cockle fishing was almost a
free-for-all in terms of catch until
departmental studies showed the
number of cockles was dropping
alarmingly. The industry was clearly
unsustainable. Quotas were imposed,
but the existing catchers believed the
Government showed favouritism to
some at the expense of others.
Fisheries officers told the
committee that cockles, sometimes
called pipis, are "now the most
important species in the Lakes and
Coorong fishery in terms of value and
The quotas were allocated on
the basis of historical catch and
effort information. Fishers who d
concentrated on cockles were given
vastly more allowable tonnage than
other fishers who had previously
concentrated on scale fish, such as
Coorong mullet. But as the price of
cockles went up, so did the number of
people who wanted continuing access
to the resource.
The committee found that the
department s policy of co-management
with industry and the consultation
process could have been more effective,
perhaps involving independent
negotiators to work with fishers.
It recommended the department
review its consultation process to
ensure it s transparent, effective and
Feelings are still bruised in the
industry. Smaller fishers believe the
Government has favoured larger
processors. The big players believe
they should be justly rewarded for
investing millions to process and
market the increasingly-popular
The committee s report urges
the fishers involved to settle their
differences and work with the
department to ensure a long-term
future for cockles and the cockle
Locals find only a few pipis on 90 Mile Beach during the cockle season.
Parents may find it easier
to help their wayward
teenagers under legislation
now before state parliament.
The government has indicated
it will support amendments
moved by independent MLC Ann
Bressington which would give
parents more power to insist
their child move out of living
circumstances which could be
harmful or even dangerous.
As the law stands now, parents
can apply to the Youth Court for
a child protection restraining
order if their son or daughter has
left the family home and is living
in circumstances where drugs
are involved or under-age sexual
The child may have even moved
into a house where there is
evidence of teenage prostitution.
But as it stands, the current
government legislation means
parents must have direct proof.
Suspicion is not enough.
Ms Bressington believes
because parents lack forensic
investigative powers, they need
it would be
easier for a
parent to seek
and get a Child
lets the court
issue the order if it is satisfied
"that it is in the best interests
of the child to reside with the
defendant (the parent)".
"That would include, for
example, the child not going to
school or all-night parties at the
house the child is staying," Ms
"The first option would be
for the court to order the child
home to his or her parents," Ms
"If that s unsuitable, the
second option would be another
family member, such as
grandparents, and the third and
final option would be to place
the child temporarily under the
guardianship of the minister."
Ms Bressington s amendments
should stop a repeat of the
heartbreaking case involving
Adelaide s Ternezis family.
Katrina Ternezis changed from
a normal, bubbly 11 year-old to
a troubled 12 year-old because
of drug and alcohol abuse.
Her use of alcohol, marijuana,
hallucinogens and amphetamines
quickly led to intravenous drug
By the age of 13 Katrina had
"Sadly, my daughter s brush
with death from drug use did not
change her," her father John told
The Independent Weekly.
"The day after she was released
from hospital she disappeared for
a week, to our great distress."
John sought help from the
Youth Court, the government
department of families and
community services through
its various incarnations,
Flinders Medical Centre, the
police, ombudsman, the Child
Abuse Report Line and various
ministers. No one helped.
Katrina had appeared in court
and broke her bail conditions. She
moved out of home and dropped
out of school, and then turned to
prostitution to pay for drugs.
"By now my 13 year-old
daughter was behaving and living
like an adult junkie," John said.
"She was an unhealthy little
After years of struggle John
and Katrina, who co-operated in
the compilation of this report and
supports its publication, were
finally reunited and their lives are
back on track.
But legislative amendments
as proposed by Ms Bressington
would have given John immediate
access to a Child Protection
Restraining Order and saved
Katrina from years of uncertainty
make kids safer.
John and Katrina Ternezis: a safer system.
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