Private education spending in Australia soars ahead of other countries

Boys from a private high school. Australia is among the highest contributors to education spending in the world, at about 6% of gross domestic product. Photograph: Dan Peled/AAP The proportion of public money being spent on private schooling in Australia is higher than in any other advanced economy and has increased significantly over the last decade, a new report reveals. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released on Tuesday night its annual education at a glance report, a major compendium of statistics measuring the state of education across the world. The…

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Australia facing health threat from GPs ‘over-prescribing antibiotics’

The world is facing a growing resistance to antibiotics that is an immediate health threat, according to the World Health Organisation. Australian National University Microbiology professor Peter Collignon said recent research revealed antimicrobial resistance (AMR) had become a severe problem in Australia. “Antimicrobial resistance causes people to die,” he said. “If you don’t have an effective antibiotic to treat somebody with a serious infection, you can have two or three times the rate of infection than if you have an antibiotic that works.” The federal government has committed a $9.4 million from the…

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