A revealing portrait of Chris Lewis’s troubled life and career

A revealing portrait of Chris Lewis’s troubled life and career

Every England all-rounder of the past forty years has, at some point or other, been labelled as ‘the new Ian Botham.’ Chris Lewis, a Guyanese born seam bowler and middle-order batsman who played 32 Tests and 53 ODIs for England, was no different. But his story went down a very different path to that of Botham. In 2008, Lewis was stopped at Gatwick Airport with three cans of cocaine in his luggage. He was sentenced to thirteen years in prison. During his first night in confinement, fearful and desperate, Lewis…

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Parliament passes bill to scrap troubled VET loans, overhaul vocational education sector

Parliament passes bill to scrap troubled VET loans, overhaul vocational education sector

The former Labor government extended HELP student loans to the vocational training sector in 2009. Since then, dozens of scandals emerged as dodgy private operators rorted the multi-billion-dollar scheme. The Senate last night passed a bill scrapping the VET FEE-HELP program and replacing it with a new VET Student Loans program to begin on January 1. “VET Student Loans will ensure students and taxpayers are protected, that skills shortages are addressed and that the reputation of the vocational education sector is restored,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham said. “We have rebuilt…

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