"Agenda bender calls it a day"
The Australian's Higher Education Supplement today has an article lauding the achievements of Carolyn Allport, NTEU National President 1994-2010. Carolyn's term ends this week.
Entitled "Agenda bender calls it a day", the article by Jill Rowbotham begins:
CAROLYN Allport has one more battle to fight, over academic freedom.
CAROLYN Allport has one more river to cross as she relinquishes the presidency of the National Tertiary Education Union: seeing academic freedom enshrined in the Higher Education Support Act.
If Labor fulfils its election commitment to pass the law, it will be a fitting postscript to Allport's career as an academic and activist with 16 years at the union's helm, guarding the interests of its 27,000 members and working with both sides of politics.
Allport says the advice she might give her successor Jeannie Rea, former deputy dean of the arts, education and human development faculty at Victoria University, is to be courteous. .
That unionists don't have to be combative to get things done may be news to some. But a civilised demeanour has done Allport no harm, certainly not in the eyes of industrial relations heavy hitter and former ACTU president Sharan Burrow. Burrow was president of the Australian Education Union when Allport became NTEU president in 1994 and the organisations were based in the same Melbourne building.
"We worked closely; she has been a colleague and friend, " Burrow says. Allport is also a member of the ACTU executive...
Read the full article here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/agenda-bender-calls-it-a-day/story-e6frgcjx-1225931038721