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  1. Climate policies lacking emphasis (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 28 June 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Colin Long, Victorian Division Secretary

    One of the most disappointing and frustrating aspects of this election campaign is the lack of emphasis on what is, by any measure, the most challenging issue facing our nation and the world – climate change. 

    When the Treasurer’s budget speech fails to mention climate change even once, you know things are bad. It is as if the climate is some ‘thing’ that we can safely put ‘over there’ and worry about when we have time – certainly not something that should get in the way of thinking about ‘jobs and growth’ or superannuation or

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  2. Make equality happen (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 28 June 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Virginia Mansel Lees and Dave Willis

    The federal election on 2 July 2016 is the opportunity for the majority of Australians to make marriage equality happen.

    About two-thirds of Australians support marriage equality according to polls, but a significant number of Coalition politicians, conservative religious groups and influential individuals back the status quo and have been doing their best recently to dominate the

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  3. WA VCs’ aggressive new IR approach (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 28 June 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Marty Braithwaite, WA Senior State Organiser

    The recent filing of applications in the Fair Work Commission seeking good faith bargaining orders against NTEU by the management of three WA universities is the latest in a series of signals that vice-chancellors are taking a different and more aggressive approach to industrial relations than ever seen previously in the sector.

    In the lead-up to the 2016 bargaining round they are acting collectively, perhaps for the first time, setting aside their natural antipathy towards collaboration and their claims to unique character and mission in what appears to be an attempt to challenge the influence and success of

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  4. Talking science under the Canberra Big Tent (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 28 June 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Dr Daniel Mathews

    I told my students I was off to the circus. And indeed, in many ways Canberra is an enormous ongoing unfunny spectacle – the Hill being less entertaining, more cruel and more detached from reality than the average big tent. 

    This zero-ring circus is far worse in its infliction of harm, particularly against the poor, asylum seekers and the victims of US-led Australian-followed aggression, than the harshest of animal-performance trainers. But, somehow the clowns/politicians are elected, they have some democratic legitimacy, they are supposed to represent us, and the only thing worse than enduring harm done by the State is acquiescing in it. So I was pleased to head up to Canberra as a delegate of the NTEU, along with Dr Sara Beavis, Dr Jack Clegg, and Dr Kelvin

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  5. Privatising foundation studies treats international students as cash cows. By Sandra Grey (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 27 June 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Sandra Grey

    Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato have both announced that they plan to sell off their foundation studies programs to multinational private companies.

    Both programs are the gateway to the respective universities for full-fee paying international students. They provide education and skills to help those students reach the level they need to start university study. 

    Waikato’s program, which is called Pathways College, also provides education for hundreds of domestic students, many of whom are Maori and

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  6. What do academic employers really want? By Inger Mewburn and Rachael Pitt (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 27 June 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Dr Rachael Pitt and Dr Inger Mewburn 

    Your latest fixed-term academic contract is drawing to a close and you’ve started looking for the next role, maybe in a new city. You’ve found a few roles in your field, in locations you could contemplate living in, and sit down to start applying. 

    In Australia applying for an academic job involves answering a set of key selection criteria that are specified in the position description. A key selection criteria might be something like ‘Demonstrated ability to exercise independence and creativity while being a part of a team’. Your job is to write anywhere from one paragraph to one page to demonstrate how you possess the skills and capabilities implied in the

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  7. If you aren’t outraged by the Federal Budget, you just aren’t paying attention. By Ian Lowe (Advocate 23 20)

    Posted 24 June 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Ian Lowe

    As we probably expected from the Turnbott-Abbull Government, there was little to cheer about in the pre-election Budget. The nasties for higher education were concealed in a better class of obfuscatory rhetoric, but the time bomb is still ticking away. 

    Research funding got little publicity because there wasn’t very much to note. I suppose we should be grateful that things at least didn’t get worse this time around. Dr Alan Duffy of Swinburne University of Technology wrote, ‘Scientists around Australia breathed a sigh of relief’ that there was ‘at least funding for the coming year’. Senior science journalist Leigh Dayton noted that there is ‘little to suggest any recovery from the $2.2 billion decline in support for science, innovation and research since

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  8. A social media election? By Pat Wright (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 24 June 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Pat Wright

    There are widespread claims that the 2 July 2016 federal election campaigns will involve more social media activity than ever.  This is undoubtedly true, since in many cases it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  However, the inference that the election will be decided on social media alone is something of an over-statement.

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  9. NTEU members running in 2016 (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 23 June 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Once again a healthy number of NTEU members are running as candidates in the federal election. Advocate presents profiles of the eight members who informed us of their candidatures. Three sitting NTEU members are recontesting their

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  10. The undercover vice-chancellor controversy. By Sandra Grey (Advocate 23 01)

    Posted 21 March 2016 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Christchurch has been shaking with earthquakes again this month. However, the more disturbing jolt for many union members just down the road at Lincoln University was the revelation that the university’s preferred new vice-chancellor has been deceitfully interviewing staff under the guise of a visiting

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