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Unlocking drugs to ease impact of breast cancer

KEY STEP: Making drugs like CDK inhibitors available to all Australians could significantly improve the quality of life for thousands of people living with metastatic breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you might have noticed your world looking a little pinker than usual as individuals, businesses and community groups gather together to raise awareness and funds to support people with breast cancer and find a cure.
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Much of the focus will be around the statistics of people diagnosed with breast cancer and the encouraging survival rates we have here in Australia.

However, where do the stories of people living with an incurable form of the disease fit in among the stories of pink and survival?

Metastatic breast cancer – also known as Stage 4 breast cancer, terminal breast cancer or secondary breast cancer – occurs when the cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body such as the bones, lungs, liver and less commonly the brain.

Today isMetastatic Breast Cancer Awareness day.

Metastatic breast cancer cannot be cured but it can be treated. As a result, people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer will receive some form of treatment for the rest of their lives.

We know that around 3000 Australians will die from breast cancer in 2017 but we do not know how many Australians are currently living with metastatic disease.

So what does a life with metastatic cancer look like?

It looks like endless questions and uncertainty. It looks like periods of wellness punctuated by bouts of illness and treatment.

Many people with metastatic cancer will live for many years with the disease – and some will live well.

A new class of drug called CDK inhibitors are helping people with metastatic breast cancer around the world to live well.

In clinical trials these drugs have been found to substantially improve progression-free survival and delay women having chemotherapy.

What this means is more ‘well’ time away from hospital. It means women are not dealing with the toxins of chemotherapy and the challenging side effects like hair loss, nausea and nerve pain.

These drugs can allow them to spend more time with their family and friends, doing the things they love.

Despite being available in other countries the first round of CDK inhibitors were only approved in Australia in May this year.

The government has not approved these drugs for inclusion on the PBS, which means people wanting to access them will have to pay $5000 a month to have them.

We know this cost is simply out of reach for many Australians. Breast Cancer Network Australia has been working hard to change this and get these important new drugs into the hands of Australian women.

While October is a time to pay tribute to those who have died from breast cancer and support those going through breast cancer, it is also a time to highlight the enormous impact breast cancer has on the lives of women and men – and consider what can be done to reduce this impact.

Making drugs such as CDK inhibitors available to Australians living with metastatic breast cancer is an important step in the right direction, and one that could significantly improve the quality of life for thousands of people living with this disease.

Danielle Spence isthe Director of Policy and Advocacy at Breast Cancer Network Australia.For more information and support tailored to people with metastatic breast cancer,visit the network’s websitebcna.org419论坛

Greater Bank calls for Aussie dollar emojiPOLL, PHOTOS

Greater Bank calls for Aussie dollar emoji | POLL, PHOTOS Aussie Aussie Aussie: Emojis are increasing in use. As such, Greater Bank believes it’s time for an Aussie dollar emoji.
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TweetFacebookNow it has turned its attention to emojis.

In a worldwide study of emoji use, money was the 32nd most popular out of 60 categories.

The emoji-world hasAmerican bills, euros, yen and pounds, but apparently no Aussie currency.

Greater Bank is leading a movement to rectify this oversight.

It has created a petition at change.org, titled Where is our $AUD Emoji?

The driver of the Greater’s #AussieDollarEmoji campaign, Matthew Hingston, said language was evolving.

“As the pace of the world in which we live increases, so too has the way we communicate,” said Matthew, who is the Greater’s head of marketing and customer experience.

“SMS was a game changer, but now there are many other instant messaging platforms that dominate this landscape.”

Matthew said hashtags “convey a lot of information in a quick little bundle of letters”.

But he said emojis were “arguably the most satisfying and succinct form of communication”.

“Not only can they depict our emotions, but they also take on their own cultural meanings,” he said.

Emojis are popular, but also powerful.

In the past few years, they’ve become more multicultural and racially diverse.

Greater Bank believes that it’s time Australians were better represented, with an Australian dollar emoji.

“We want this emoji not just for the local Australian population, but so the rest of the world can see our unique Australian dollars on their mobile devices,” Matthew said.

The bank urged people torally for the #AussieDollarEmoji, show someAussie spirit and sign thepetition.

Switching BanksSpeaking of banks, reader Michael told us this story about ANZ Bank.

He’d been banking with them for years andthey kept hassling himabout life insurance.

Thing is, Michael didn’t want their life insurance.

“I asked them repeatedly to take me off their list,” he said.

But they didn’t listen. Eventually, he gave them an ultimatum. If they called him one more time, he’d shut all his accounts and switch banks.

Michael nolonger banks with ANZ.

Death BenefitsSpeaking of life insurance, we were reading a product disclosure statement of a superannuation fund recently –as you do.

We noticed a table on death benefits –payouts your family would receive if you died.

If you’re aged 15 to 19, your death benefit is $47,600. This figure steadily rises until reaching a peak of $192,400 at age 35.

Then it gradually declines to $17,100 when you’re aged 59to 69.

So according to the hallowed insurance sector, we hit our peak in our mid 30s and it’s all downhill from there.

Bachie Baby: Sam and Snezana welcome baby girl

Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski have welcomed their first child together.
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Wood, who met Markoski on The Bachelor Australia in 2015, announced they are the proud parents of daughter Willow Wendy Wood in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“I have fallen in love with [the] most perfect little girl and fallen further in love the most beautiful Mum,” Wood wrote in a post in the 28 by Sam Wood Member Community group, a Facebook group for people following Wood’s fitness program.

“I also haven’t been able to stop crying.”

The announcement was accompanied by a picture of little Willow wrapped up in a giraffe-patterned baby blanket.

This is Wood’s first child. Markoski has an 11-year-old daughter, Eve, from her first marriage to Jason Rapoff. ????Me: Hun I love this pic, I’m going to post it, what should I write? Sam: Tuesday night cuddles with this dream boat ???????? Me: ???? NO! Eve: ???????? EewwwA post shared by S N E Z A N A – ?????????????? (@snezanamarkoski) on Sep 19, 2017 at 3:27am PDT????Happy Fathers Day @samjameswood These 3 girls are so lucky to have you a part of our lives. You have brought so much love, support and happiness to our world so we promise to love you, drive you crazy and turn your hair grey at lightning speed, make you wait for us for an extra 20 minutes after we’ve said we’re ready and make you laugh for many years to come! Also a big Happy Fathers Day to my Dad aka Tut who’s been the best Dad and alongside him has taught both @eve.victoria_ and me how to be handy with tools because @samjameswood Isnt ????????????????? and congratulations on your first boomerang Tut just saw it on @lidijamiles insta story ????????????????????????? #happyfathersday #beatdadever #greenpancakes #itshisfavouritecolour #dadandgranddaughterA post shared by S N E Z A N A – ?????????????? (@snezanamarkoski) on Sep 3, 2017 at 2:49am PDTThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Don’t blame government for lax security of defence contractors, says Christopher Pyne

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says the government can’t be blamed for the sloppy cyber security of its sub-contractor that led to hackers stealing 30 gigabytes of commercially-sensitive data.
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So lax were the security measures employed by the defence sub-contractor – a small aerospace engineering firm with about 50 employees – that it used default logins and the passwords “admin” and “guest”.

Details of the hacking were revealed at a conference on Wednesday by Australian Signals Directorate manager Mitchell Clarke, who described the data breach as “extensive and extreme”.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said it was a “stretch” to blame the government for the breach. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

A “significant” amount of data was stolen over four months in 2016, including sensitive information about Australia’s $14 billion Joint Strike Fighter program, our next fleet of spy planes, and several naval warships.

Mr Pyne, who has responsibility for such projects, said while the information was not classified the situation was “not good enough”, and was a “salutary reminder to everyone in the industry and the government” of the importance of taking cyber security seriously.

But he said it was a “stretch” to blame the government for the procedures of what could have been a small sub-contractor working for one of the Defence Department’s main contractors.

“I don’t think you can try and sheet blame for a small enterprise having lax cyber security back to the federal government. That is a stretch,” Mr Pyne told ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program on Thursday.

“You don’t know that we’ve tendered a major defence contract to a small enterprise with poor cyber security protections, you don’t know that. The contractor could well have been working for a prime [contractor].”

Mr Pyne said the government had been alerted to the breach by a prime contractor, suggesting the small company was a sub-contractor working for a “prime” contractor such as Raytheon, Boeing or Lockheed Martin.

Dan Tehan, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, had on Tuesday alluded to the hacking of a small Australian company with “contracting links to national security projects”, without providing details.

He said the Australian Cyber Security Centre had worked with the company to fix the data compromise, expel the hacker and provide advice on how to prevent such a breach from happening again.

Mr Pyne on Wednesday said he did not know who the hackers were, but also suggested the government might know and wasn’t prepared to divulge the details.

“I don’t know who did it,” he told the ABC. “It could be a state actor, a non-state actor, it could have been someone who was working for another company.”

Mr Pyne later noted the information collected by the ASD was highly-classified and “we don’t necessarily let the public know” about the identities of hackers.

These kinds of attacks were attempted “all the time” and “they are going to be successful on occasion”, he said.

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AFL trade live coverage: Lever joins Dees, what about Stringer?

AFL GF 2017 Richmond vs Adelaide.. Adelaides Jake Lever goes for the ball. 30th September 2017. Photo by Jason South 15 April 2017. AFL Round 4. Greater Western Sydney Giants v Port Adelaide Power at Manuka Oval/UNSW Canberra Oval. Giants’ Devon Smith in action against Port Adelaide on Saturday night.Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong
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Jack Watts of the Demons (left) and Jared Polec of the Power contest during the Round 18 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at MCG in Melbourne, Saturday, July 22, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The Age, News, 30/09/2016, photo by Justin McManus. AFL Grand Final Parade. Western Bulldogs and Sydney in the Grand Final Parade through Melbourne. Tom Campbell and Jordan Roughhead.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 14: Jake Stringer flies for a mark during round 4 AFL North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media)

Chris Mayne of the Magpies (left) and Stewart Crameri of the Bulldogs contest during the Round 1 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and Western Bulldogs at the MCG in Melbourne, Friday, March 24, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY SINGLE USE PRINT & ONLINE $$.

15 April 2017. AFL Round 4. Greater Western Sydney Giants v Port Adelaide Power at Manuka Oval/UNSW Canberra Oval.Giants’ Matthew Kennedy tries to catch the Power’s Jarman Impey.Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

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9yo Pippa brings 128 NSW councils to heel

9yo Pippa brings 128 NSW councils to heel Pippa Kennard, 8, as won Science Technology Association’s Young Scientist Award for her project of mapping the most popular dog breeds for council areas across the state. Picture Chris Lane
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Pippa Kennard, 8, as won Science Technology Association’s Young Scientist Award for her project of mapping the most popular dog breeds for council areas across the state. Here she is photographed with the map. Picture Chris Lane

Pippa Kennard, 8, as won Science Technology Association’s Young Scientist Award for her project of mapping the most popular dog breeds for council areas across the state. Here she is photographed with the map. Picture Chris Lane

TweetFacebookPippa phones 128 councils for science project.“We got a new puppy, a Border Collie cross Kelpie called Bounty and I just wanted to know what kind of dogs lived in our street,” Pippa said.

Then she started wondering what kind of dogs lived in other parts of NSW.

“Istarted ringing a few vets but decided there were too many,” Pippa said.

“Ithought we could go to the boss of the local government association and get a list but they told me I would have to ring each council in NSW.

“So Icontacted every council and asked them what was the most popular breed in the area. Some got back straight away with a list while others we had to contact again and again.

“I learned how to use Excel by watching YouTube and started entering the numbers under different dog breeds.

“Ithen consolidated these. If I had red cattle dogs and blue cattle dogs Iwould just call them cattle dogs.

“I got a map of NSW with each council and colour-coded each of the most popular breeds. Each council has its most popular dog on the map.

“If I had to say which was the most popular dog I would have to say Maltese,” she said.

The map shows a lot of green in the far west for Kelpies. The city areas are blue for Maltese.

Cattle dogs are the most popular breed in far northern NSW. Jack Russells are the most popular breed in southern NSW along the Victorian border.

Bull Terriers are the most popular on the South Coast and parts of the far north coast, while Labradors are the most popular in the Hay Shire, as well as further west along the Victorian border.

In Sydney the Maltese rules except out at Campbelltown and Blacktown where the Bull Terrier is the most popular breed.

The Poodle rules in the northern reaches of the Hills Shire and in the eastern suburbs while the Border Collie is the most popular along the Hawkesbury.

Pippa’s father, Richard, said she was tenacious in pursuing their information.

“She had to make her phone calls before or after school. Most days she would call two or three councils,” he said,

“She developed a confidence over time. She got good at how to ask to be transferred to different departments and could tell when she was being fobbed off.

“Some councils were very helpful and thought it was great to deal with an (then)eight-year-old girl and others weren’t interested in helping her.

“The main thing was that no-one had ever done this type of research before.

“Blue Mountains Council was very helpful. She asked them how they got their list of dog breeds together and then went to the other councils and told them how to do it.”

For her efforts, Pippa has won her Primary Scientific Investigation Category for Years 3 to 6 in the 2017 Young Scientists Award, a major project of the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW (STANSW).

The awards will be presented at the University of Wollongong on November 1.

Pippa said that when she grows up she would like to do something that involved talking.

“I liked the project because I could talk to people over the phone,” she said.

And the main lesson Pippa learnt from her research?

“Big projects take a long time and if you give up you don’t get anywhere,” she said.

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Hunter’s population growth ‘terrifying’: Hilton Grugeon

Outspoken: Hilton Grugeon (right) answers a question during Wednesday night’s meeting at the East Maitland Bowling Club. Picture: Lachlan LeemingHunter development heavyweight Hilton Grugeon has called Maitland and Australia’s rate of population growth “terrifying”.
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In a lengthy address at the Maitland business chamber’s Wednesday meeting, the larger-than-life developer weighed in on a number of local and state issues, including the city’s hospital saga and contamination at Williamtown.

Of Maitland’s continued growth, Mr Grugeon said roughly 50 people a week were moving to the region – with the pressure on for education, employment opportunitiesand services to keep up.

“Our current rate of growth, both in our area and our country, is bordering on terrifying,” he said.

“It’s not sustainable, but you’ve got to run with it and know where the exit door is when there’s a downturn.”

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Council approves controversial seniors housing development24-unit given tick for city’s eastHilton Grugeon hits back at ICACMr Grugeonalso said the area was not a “high priority” for government funding because of its status as a safe Labor seat.

“This area is not a high priority. The message is don’t ever be a safe seat. Neither party in government needs to give us anything,” he said when answering a question about the development of Maitland’s new hospital.

“Whether (the hospital) has a private component or not I don’t really care, as long as we get it.”

When asked if he’d ever consider purchasingland around the Williamtown contamination zone, Mr Grugeon said he’d “never willingly go near it”.

“I wouldn’t. With contamination of that nature, there’s never an outcome.”

The outspoken businessman had no shortage of one liners regarding a number of local issues.

He called the Maitland overpass near the railway station“half a solution by a government halfway through its term”.

When asked what brought him to Maitland from his native Newcastle in 1985, Mr Grugeon simply replied‘Land’.

His best swipes were saved for local and state governments, and he needed little encouragement to voice his opinion on them.

“Dealing with local government departments has a lot in common with preschool kindergarten children,” he quipped, before stating that “a government with balls would move parliament out of Sydney”.

“Thegovernment should be driving everything out of Sydney, starting with themselves,” he said, advocating decentralisation from the country’s capital city.

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[email protected]: Flat start in store for ASX

The information of stocks that lost in prices are displayed on an electronic board inside the Australian Securities Exchange, operated by ASX Ltd., in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, July 24, 2015. The Australian dollar slumped last week as a gauge of Chinese manufacturing unexpectedly contracted, aggravating the impact of declines in copper and iron ore prices. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg MARKETS. 7 JUNE 2011. AFR PIC BY PETER BRAIG. STOCK EXCHANGE, SYDNEY, STOCKS. GENERIC PIC. ASX. STOCKMARKET. MARKET.
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Stock information is displayed on an electronic board inside the Australian Securities Exchange, operated by ASX Ltd., in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, July 24, 2015. The Australian dollar slumped last week as a gauge of Chinese manufacturing unexpectedly contracted, aggravating the impact of declines in copper and iron ore prices. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

The local sharemarket is set to open flat as investors turned cautious on Wall Street.

FOMC minutes of the September FOMC meeting where the Fed was shown as still uncertain on the persistence of low-inflation factors. The probability of a Fed hike of the reference rate at the December meeting remained around 75% after the meeting though USD and UST bond yields remained lower while equities in the US remained positive. Beyond US equities, other major indices pushed to record levels with the AS51 closing at 2-month highs, and the Nikkei 225 closing at the highest level since 1996 in a further showing that global sentiment is synchronised and investors remain in a buying mood.

1. ASX: Futures are pointing to a two-point drop at the open as Wall Street inched higher. Yesterday, the AS51 rose to the highest close since August 17 thanks to a 10 of 11 subgroups moving higher, which was led by technology as a key contributor alongside banks. The chorus of equity buying has been a global event as implied volatility from major markets continue to sit at historic lows thanks in large part to faith that much of the global risk scene remains under control.

2. Australian dollar: The Australian Dollar remains near the lowest levels since July against the US Dollar and is working toward the lowest level against the EUR since summer of 2016. The weakness in the AUD is likely a delight to the RBA who has consciously decided to step out of the normalization conversation of other central banks. This move by the RBA has allowed the Aussie to weaken despite the globally synchronized acceleration of economic data. This weakness seems to have caught hedge funds off as the net-long positioning per the CFTC’s Commitment Of Traders report recently showed the largest bullish exposure anticipating AUD strength since 2013.

3. Japan: Japanese equities saw their highest close since 1996 as the Nikkei 225 Index, which has gained 9% so far on the year added another 0.3% on Wednesday to overcome the early 2015 high. The smooth run-up is expected to have a difficult time holding should a shocking outcome develop in the October 22 snap election cause Shinzo Abe to lose a majority holding of the lower-house. The move higher in equities has not been helped by the JPY much as USD/JPY, historically positively correlated to the Nikkei 225 remains more than 5% lower on the year.

4. Copper: The price of Copper traded to the highest level in 1-month and is close to the daily range of the extreme day of 2017 reached in early September when the price hit an intraday level of 6970 on the LME. The rally in copper has been a bright spot in base metals as other key base metals involved in steelmaking like Iron Ore have fallen below $60 in Dalian on demand concerns on the back of an environmental crackdown in China as Beijing has asked for an output curb through the seasonally weak winter heating season that runs through to March.

5. Wall Street: Wall Street was higher barely after FOMC Minutes showed Fed members do not see the weakness in inflation as only transitory. Looking ahead, this seems to communicate that hikes by the Fed beyond December are not set in stone. Recently, we’ve heard from two voting members of the Federal Reserve, Dallas’ Robert Kaplan and Chicago’s Evan’s who both said it is too early to decide on a December hike. Specifically, Kaplan noted that he is keeping an open mind on US rate hikes and continues to look for evidence that momentum is building in US cyclical forces to ensure as much as possible that the structural headwinds of tighter monetary policy are offset. Such comments from voting Fed members communicate that USD strength is not a given to continue despite the rally in September.

6. Economic Storm clouds continue to gather above the UK: The U.K.’s Office for Budget Responsibility published a report on Tuesday titled the “Forecast Evaluation Report,” explains the group’s downward revisions of predictions to upcoming UK economic data. The timing of this report is worth pointing out as it comes within a handful of weeks ahead of the November 2 meeting where the Bank of England has been expected to engage in raising rates which traders and investors have priced in with a 76% probability indicating they are convinced such a hike will happen. The larger catch is that such a hike would be done in the light of growing signs of economic weakness as opposed to strength.

7. Europe: Confidence in the European economy was not swayed by thanks to the acute concerns of Catalonian independence fading after the Catalan leader put independence on hold for now. Now the focus has shifted to the Oct. 26 ECB meeting where the Governing Council is set to agree upon the future of the bond-buying program for 2018. Derivatives markets have shown a prevalent demand for European assets and options with tenors greater than one month saw that highest premium paid for upside protection (EUR strength) since 2009. Equity market optimism has centered around the EuroStoxx 50 (SX5E) that appears set to test the 2015 highs near 3,800.

8. Market Watch:

SPI futures down 2 points to 5743

AUD/USD moved -0.0001 to 0.7777.

On Wallstreet: Dow Jones 0.07%, S&P 500 0.04%, Nasdaq 0.09%.

In New York: BHP -2.08%, Rio -1.39%.

In Europe: Stoxx 50 0.24%, FTSE 100 -0.06%, CAC 40 -0.02%, DAX 30 0.17%.

Spot Gold moved -0.1% to US$1286.75 an ounce.

Brent Crude moved 0.32% to US$56.79 a barrel.

US Crude Oil moved 0.61% to US$51.23 a barrel.

Iron Ore moved -1.25% to CNY434.5 a tonne.

Dalian Iron Ore moved -2.23% to US$59.65 a tonne.

LME Aluminium moved 0.95% to US$2163 a tonne.

LME Copper moved -0.01% to US$6760 a tonne.

10-Year Bond Yield: US 2.34%, Germany 0.46%, Australia 2.82%.

This column was produced in commercial partnership between Fairfax Media and IG

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Teachers, bad grades, ‘boring school’ driving youth out of mainstream schools: study

Bad grades, teachers and being “bored” at school are some of the factors driving young Queenslanders out of the mainstream education system, an Australian Research Council funded report has found.
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More than 200 surveys taken from youth support workers, teachers, volunteers and young people across the state were collected to build on a 2010 Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ) study that found many students who rejected mainstream schooling were prepared to make efforts to attend “alternative schools” or “flexi schools”.

Alternative schools are facilities that support students from marginalised backgrounds and/or who have been failed or left the mainstream school system to continue their education.

These schools can be an annexe to mainstream high schools or run independently, through community or charity groups.

Photo: Louise Kennerley

Researchers from Griffith University and the University of Queensland surveyed 154 students learning across 15 alternative schools and found the top three reasons they left mainstream schooling was due to teachers (50 per cent), school being “boring” (43 per cent) and/or poor school results (41 per cent).

A survey of 36 young people not in any form of education found they had similar reasons for leaving mainstream schooling and included suspension and/or expulsion as another driving factor.

Of those in alternative education, 66 per cent were aged 16 or under and 8.78 per cent identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Half of the young people surveyed not in any form of education were aged 15 or under and 41.67 identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Researchers found the large number of Indigenous people who completed the survey was indicative of the lack of cultural diversity in structural organisations.

“There are well documented issues in relation to the mainstream’s ability or willingness to meet the needs of Indigenous students, and we would suggest that unless the system develops appropriate responses to these needs that there will be more young Indigenous people turning to alternative schools for their education,” the report read.

At the launch of the Engaging Students in Engaging Schools: lessons from Queensland’s alternative education sector report at Parliament on Wednesday, Queen, a 19-year-old mother enrolled at an alternative school at Sunnybank, said she left her mainstream school to have her baby.

“I took some time off but I really wanted to go back to school so I looked into what options I had,” she said.

“I feel like at other schools you have to go there and adjust to what they do and how they see things and they are not really understanding or try to get to know you and your circumstances.”

The report found 69 per cent of youth not enrolled in any form of school indicated they would like to go to an alternative school.

Of those who attended an alternative school, 53 per cent did so to attend courses for work qualifications, 41 per cent to attend courses in normal school subjects and 32 per cent did so for social reasons.

The report also found a number of challenges existed in regional, rural and remote areas for young people including a lack of schooling choices and race, ethnicity, culture and gender issues.

The manager of a Neighborhood Youth Centre in one of Queensland’s small mining towns said in the survey that transport also posed an issue.

“You can go to primary school out at the gemfields but then every one of those kids who live out there, once they go into Grade 8, they have to get on the bus and come in,” he said.

“But if you have got behavioural problems, the bus driver can cancel you off the bus, so therefore you can’t go to school.”

A youth program coordinator from a regional Queensland city who was surveyed and estimated at least 10,000 young people “under the radar” and not engaged with any form of schooling.

In its observations, the report identified the difficulty in determining how many young Queensland eople were disengaged from school.

A range of recommendations were put forward in the report for schools, youth workers and researchers to improve the attendance rates of young people in some form of education.

It called for better access to education, an improved “tracking of students” to stop them getting lost” in the system, a way to assess the quality of alternative educational provisions, a greater awareness of triggers for educational disengagement and better communication and relationships between schools, youth workers, families and communities.

“At this stage we are of the view that these (alternative) schools currently meet the needs of the most marginalised in the community and that they have become a real necessity because of the current system of schooling,” the report concluded.

“However, it is also our view that these schools could, in some cases, represent a first choice for students and not just those who are struggling with the mainstream.

“There are elements of these schools, as we indicate in the case study sections of the report, which if implemented in the mainstream, could improve schooling all students.”

Youth Affairs Network Queensland director Siyavash Doostkhah said the report was “evidence” we can have a schooling system that leaves no young person behind.

“Young people not only deserve this, they have a right to this, education is a human right and as such it is non-negotiable,” he said.

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Kathy Griffin replaced as co-host of CNN’s NYE Live

American talk show host and television executive Andy Cohen will replace ousted comedian Kathy Griffin as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live broadcast.
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Griffin and Cooper have co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live since 2007, however she lost the gig earlier this year in the wake of a photo scandal in which she was pictured holding a replica of the bloodied head of US president Donald Trump.

Cohen and Cooper are friends; they perform a series of speaking gigs together and Cooper is a regular guest on Cohen’s US talk show.

Talk show host and television executive Andy Cohen will replace Kathy Griffin as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live broadcast. Photo: Charles Sykes

It was during an interview with Cohen that Cooper first addressed the rift between he and Griffin in the wake of the scandal, during which Cooper had denounced the photo stunt.

“We’re still friends,” Cooper said. “I didn’t think [the photo] was appropriate but I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back.

“She’s incredibly funny and a lot of people love her, and I think she’ll bounce back from this.”

Griffin, however, told Fairfax Media later that her friendship with Cooper was essentially over.

Kathy Griffin was fired from CNN following her controversial Trump severed head stunt. Photo: Twitter

“I don’t think I paid a price. I think he did,” she said. “I’m sorry to say that because I loved him. He wasn’t just my friend I liked. He was my friend I loved. That part just hurts.”

Griffin said she felt Cooper had been pulling away from the friendship for some time.

“He’s been kind of pulling away for a couple of years and obviously I wouldn’t talk about that publicly because we still [had] a show to do, you know what I mean?” she said.

“I still had the most fun ever during that evening and even if we weren’t necessarily close and the last couple years… and even if we weren’t tight, I always loved making him giggle.”

CNN has aired its New Year’s Eve Live program since 2001; Cooper took over as host in 2002.

It is traditionally hosted from Times Square in New York, but included crosses to CNN correspondents at other locations and musical performances.

It is broadcast on the US CNN service and the CNN International channel, which is broadcast in 190 countries including Australia.

In the US it is watched by around three million viewers; its global audience is not measured but would be significantly larger.

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