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  1. 18C and the ‘right to be bigots’

    Posted 26 June 2014 by Adam Frogley (Indigenous)

    On 25 March 2014 – a watershed day in the debate of freedom of speech versus the right for all Australian citizens to be protected from acts of racial discrimination – Attorney-General George Brandis announced the Government intended to repeal Sections 18.B, C, D and E from the Racial Discrimination Act (1975), replacing them with a ‘strengthened’ version.

    This brought passionate pleas from many community organisations and individuals to immediately withdraw the proposal. 

    While it would appear that the Government is forging ahead with this move on the basis that they see fault with these sections of the Act, the explanations from the Attorney-General on why his new proposed wording would be beneficial fall far short of the existing protections in the Act.

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  2. Deregulation of Victorian vocational education: A case study in policy and market failure

    Posted 26 June 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    As we all wait with anticipation for the market to ‘waive’ its magic in the deregulated higher education market, we might ask why such an approach has been such an unmitigated failure in relation to Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Victoria. The Brumby Labor Government’s 2008 Securing Jobs for Your Future policy introduced a student-demand driven system in which public funding was fully contestable between public TAFE institutes and private providers for the delivery of VET, not dissimilar to the approach Christopher Pyne wants to impose on higher education.

    The primary objective of the Victorian policy was to increase the number of people undertaking training in areas and at levels where skills are needed for the Victorian economy.  The only problem is that this did not

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  3. Mary Kelly: Commonwealth scholarships trashed

    Posted 26 June 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    The Federal Budget claims to create a new ‘Commonwealth Scholarship’ scheme but, in reality it cuts $800 million from the existing scheme, trashes the Liberal legacy of Menzies and Nelson, and makes things worse for low-income students.

    Before Whitlam abolished fees, Menzies had in place a widespread system of Commonwealth Scholarships (CS) which paid for tuition fees and provided a living

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  4. NSW politicians defend our universities

    Posted 25 June 2014 by Genevieve Kelly (NSW Division)

    The response to the Abbott Government’s punitive budget has been heartening. Attacks on our universities have spurred the community to action to protect quality, public higher education. On 6 July, union members and community groups will rally to defend a fair Australia and oppose increases to university fees.

    A number of prominent NSW politicians have also joined us to say no to $100,000 degrees. I'd like to thank them for their support. Now it is over to you... do you say no to $100,000 degrees?

    You can check out these and more photos on our facebook and twitter. You can also send your own photo: http://bit.ly/BustTheBudgetSelfie

     

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  5. Declaration of uncontested positions for Vic Division

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Declaration of uncontested positions in the Victorian Division for the 2014 round of NTEU elections.

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  6. Declaration of uncontested positions for ACT Division

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Declaration of uncontested positions in the ACT Division for the 2014 round of NTEU elections.

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  7. Declaration of uncontested positions for Qld Division

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Declaration of uncontested positions in the Qld Division for the 2014 round of NTEU elections.

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  8. On July 6, let's Bust The Budget

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Genevieve Kelly (NSW Division)

    Many of us have been shocked by a harsh first budget from the Abbott Government. But there is hope as community opposition continues to grow. A conversation has started about the ways we can bust the ...

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  9. Can you help us bust the budget and defend universities?

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Adam Knobel (NSW Division)

    Higher education is under attack and we need your help to defend it.

    The Abbott Government's changes to higher education are some of the most unpopular budget measures, with 70% of Australians ...

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  10. Bargaining update - June 2014

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Grahame McCulloch (NTEU National Office)

    There has been intense activity at several Branches over the last few months, with industrial action reported in the last edition of Advocate at the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland (UQ) resulting in finalised Agreements. More recently, staff have taken action at University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University and Navitas (La Trobe) in pursuit of fair Agreements.

    Agreements completed and close

    Staff at Monash University and UQ were set to be balloted at the time of writing, with the Agreements delivering annual pay rises of 3% and 3.1% respectively.

    Other Agreements that have been approved, or are before Fair Work Commission for approval, include the University of New England, Flinders University, University of South Australia, University of Western Sydney, La Trobe University and QUT.  The Macquarie University Academic Staff Agreement has also been finalised.

    The Bargaining State of Play table shows an overview of pay and conditions achieved in all completed

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