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Soccernomics

If a neoliberal created a sporting league, it might look a bit like European soccer, writes Sam O’Connor.

The economics of choosing to go to law school

There comes a point in every person’s childhood where they ponder if law is the right profession for them. Many go on to pursue this track and hold onto the notion of becoming a lawyer as their dream, without understanding what the practice of law entails. If we think about the extent of which popular media distorts our impression of lawyers, this really isn’t that hard to believe. From best-selling novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird, to popular TV series like Suits, and even hit video games like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, we are continuously exposed to false representations of the ‘glorified’ lawyer.

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Will the Gonski reforms mean higher teacher salaries?

Great teachers inspire their students profoundly and provide a foundation from which learning is optimally facilitated. They often do not just teach the required material; rather, they show students the process of learning and thus enable them to achieve academically without as much direct teacher instruction and support. Perhaps the greatest problem facing Australia’s education system is that we simply do not have enough of these great teachers.

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