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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 July 2016
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 JULY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Labor cuts school sport for 850,000 kids Labor’s costings confirm $33 billion of cuts in education Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had vigorously campaigned against Coalition school cuts in parliament over the last three years, however, he is likely to go ahead with a slightly higher hammering of funds. The ALP is bound to cut funding to over 5,000 primary schools, as it will not provide funding for the Coalition's Sporting Schools program beyond 1 July 2017, already rolling out to over 850,000 students across the country. Meanwhile, the Coalition has committed to allocate $60 million to expand the program's reach beyond primary schools. Its implementation into Years 7 and 8 aims to prevent the significant 'drop out' in physical activity levels that emerge when children hit high school. Moreover, Turnbull government has pledged to expand the #girlsmakeyourmove campaign, targeted at getting young women active and preventing lifelong issues associated with obesity and osteoporosis. At this stage, only one third of kids under the age of 13 are getting the recommended one hour of physical activity per day. Family violence app wins inaugural Premier’s iAward The Victorian SmartSafe research found that technology, including smartphones, is being used by abusers as an additional avenue for abuse that provides 24-hour access to victims. PHOTO: WWW.SMARTSAFE.ORG.AU SmartSafe+ recognised by the public sector as a trusted and respected tool for protecting women SmartSafe+, an innovative family violence app has won the inaugural Victorian Premier's iAward for Public Sector Innovation at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) Victorian iAwards Gala. Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings and Minister for Innovation Philip Dalidakis announced on Wednesday that the app had won the top public sector award, selected by Premier Daniel Andrews himself. "SmartSafe+ is a fantastic app helping to tackle family violence," the Victorian premier said. "It will save lives – and it's a fitting first winner of the Victorian Premier's iAward for Public Sector Innovation." The free app, developed by by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), helps women to safely and securely collect detailed evidence, in order to obtain a protection order or prove a breach of one. Using SmartSafe+, a woman can collect photographs, video and recordings and save them off-device to ensure the evidence can be protected and used in court. DVRCV, in order to develop the app and ensure it is a trusted and respected tool for protecting women, worked closely with the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, Victoria Police, as well as with community and legal services. "Congratulations to all the winners at this year's iAwards," said Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis. "This important program and the variety of winners shows the vital role the tech industry plays in driving pro- ductivity across our industries." This year's other iAward winners include Zendesk, which took the Big Data Award, Surefire Systems for the Big Consumer award and Monash student Dilpreet Singh, who received the undergraduate tertiary student award. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT. org.au In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play. ANZ warns of skilled labour shortage by 2030 In a new report, titled ‘Servicing Australia's Future’, ANZ warns Australia might face a substantial shortage in skilled labour by 2030 due to a shift in the economy. From a predominantly industrial-based economy, Australia has now formulated its modern structure around health, education, tourism and professional services. According to the report, by the year 2030, 20 per cent of the Australian population is expected to be older than 65. The more the population ages the likelier it is for the economy to lean towards skilled anthropocentric services. Many mining investments would be redirected to fund development of services companies, in areas including computer software and research. "The technology argument hasn't considered the implications of an economy shifting from producing goods to producing services, increased health spending to support an ageing population, and new services export opportunities in Asia," acting ANZ chief economist Richard Yetsenga said in a statement. "These forces will create substantial change in the Australian labour market." The projected growth in health, education and pro- fessional services 15 years from now will reach six per cent and as a result, Australian society will require professionals with a high level of education, posing many financial challenges. "As education demand grows, a major challenge will be tertiary funding. Securing private sector investment will be vital, with partnerships between business and universities more important than ever to ensure we develop a workforce fit for a services-driven economy," Mr Yetsenga said. ANZ said a growing service sector could change the distribution of wealth, with demand for labour in services and a contraction in capital-intensive industries like mining supporting "a recovery in the labour share of income". Meanwhile, projected demand for labour will also continue to rise, at a pace of 1.6 per cent per year, something which could balance the current growing income inequality. However, while the economy is constantly adapting to new drivers, career paths tend to not be as linear and simple as they once were. This translates to continuously up-skilling and learning transferable skills which can be used in a number of roles, sectors and markets.
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