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Professor Marion MaddoxThe steady erosion of free, compulsory and secular education in Australia risks more than a century of gains in national integration warns a prominent researcher of religion and politics in this country.

The Federal Government’s recently-announced $4.6 billion funding package for Catholic and Independent schools will worsen “one of the most religiously and economically segregated systems in the western world,” Professor Marion Maddox of Macquarie University will say in a public lecture in Adelaide on Friday this week.

“When colonial governments began spending on education, they conceived a nation-building role for schools. They were a place for kids to learn to live together as one people. We really have lost that idea of education helping a whole community to grow up together.”

Professor Maddox, from the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, will examine the achievements of Australia’s free, compulsory and secular education system in the 2018 Catherine Helen Spence Oration in Adelaide on Friday, October 26. “For reasons that have little to do with religious commitment, and more with politics, we have forgotten the secular values that motivated our system’s founders,” she proposes.

New Redflow board member David BrantAustralian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has today strengthened its Board by recruiting David Brant, an experienced businessman with strategic manufacturing expertise.

Melbourne-based Mr Brant is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) with more than two decades of manufacturing and corporate experience in Australia and countries in Asia.

Mr Brant’s background includes more than 20 years of senior management roles with Norgren, a manufacturer of automation equipment for a wide variety of industries. He then worked for Redflow as Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development from 2010-12 and ran his own start-up energy storage business Energy365 from 2014-17.

Ben ShepherdBen ShepherdAustralian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has recruited experienced battery industry executive Ben Shepherd to accelerate sales of its unique zinc-bromine flow batteries.

Ben will join Redflow in the new position of Chief Commercial Officer from the CSIRO spinout battery company Ecoult where he was Head of Business Development and Product Management since 2016. His role will include establishing Redflow’s unique ZBM2 and ZCell batteries in target markets by building up and working alongside the company’s installer partner channel in Australia and internationally.

Ben, who holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Industrial Design and a Master’s degree in International Relations, will relocate from Sydney to Brisbane to join Redflow’s executive team. Prior to Ecoult, he spent 10 years in business development at Keycorp, which included launching a Keycorp office in the US and opening new geographies such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Ben said he was excited to join Redflow during this time of renewal for the company. “I am passionate about energy storage and want to be wherever I can have the strongest impact,” he said.

John LindsayJohn LindsayAustralian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) is pleased to announce that it has today appointed technology expert and businessman John Lindsay to the board.

Mr Lindsay’s appointment is part of a strategy for Simon Hackett to transition to a newly-created role as System Integration Architect, to ensure Redflow continues to be at the forefront of integration technology. As part of this change in role, Mr Hackett will step down from the board at the AGM in November in order to focus on this part of the business.

At Mr Hackett’s request, he will be replaced on the board by Mr Lindsay, who has previously held senior technology leadership roles as CTO at ASX-listed company iiNet Limited, CTO at Internode and General Manager of Chariot Internet. Mr Lindsay, co-founder and director of jtwo solutions Pty Ltd, will bring his deep technology background to the business and has held board-level roles for several privately-owned companies.