The electricity sector alone can’t meet Australia’s emissions reduction challenge

Australia has a de facto national target of net zero emissions by 2050. But Australian government projections suggest we are not on track to achieve this target, with emissions reductions in the electricity sector being undermined by a lack of progress in the rest of the economy.

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The case for redefining low socioeconomic status in higher education

Since the early 1990s, higher education statistics have defined someone as of low socio-economic status if they are from a region classified in the lowest 25 per cent in Australia according to the ABS Index of Education and Occupation. Wouldn’t it be better to pay more attention to areas that for whatever reason have low university participation rates, even if quirks of the Index of Education and Occupation formula give them SES ratings that disqualify them from low-SES rewards? Why use proxy data when we have direct measures of whether an area has low participation in higher education or not?

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