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  1. Update: Science in Australia Gender Equity Pilot of the Athena SWAN charter

    Posted 9 December 2015 by Kiraz Janicke (University of New South Wales)

    Dear members,

    Last week, I attended a very interesting information session about the Science in Australia Gender Equity Pilot of the Athena SWAN charter. The UNSW Vice Chancellor, Professor Jacobs, ...

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  2. What will you do with your time?

    Posted 16 November 2015 by Genevieve Kelly (NSW Division)

    Wednesday 18 November is go home on time day — a national event designed to start a conversation about fair working hours, and highlight the increasing problem of unpaid work and unjust ...

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  3. Latest edition of Advocate out now

    Posted 9 November 2015 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    With the advent of the Turnbull Government, the latest edition of Advocate (vol. 22, no. 3) analyses the Coalition’s approach to higher education and research, arguing that privatisation ...

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    Advocate, November 2015

    $100,000 degrees - Delayed, but not ditched
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  4. Thank you to supporters of the defend our universities campaign

    Posted 5 November 2015 by Genevieve Kelly (NSW Division)

    Tonight I addressed Unions NSW and thanked affiliated unions — and union members across Australia — for their staunch support of our Defend Our Universities campaign.

    It is through the ...

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  5. Global Climate Change Week October 19-25

    Posted 21 October 2015 by Genevieve Kelly (NSW Division)

    A group of Australian academics have launched Global Climate Change Week, aimed at encouraging academics in all disciplines and countries to engage with their students and communities on climate ...

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  6. SIGN OUR LETTER: PM Turnbull, act on asylum seekers

    Posted 8 October 2015 by Amber Jacobus (University of New South Wales)

    The UNSW Branch of the NTEU is extremely concerned about the treatment of asylum seekers in Australia's care and is asking UNSW staff members to sign our open letter to the Prime Minister. Please ...

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    Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

    We write as academics, professional staff, and leaders of one of Australia’s premier higher education institutions, the University of New South Wales, to express our deep concern about the treatment of asylum seekers in offshore immigration detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru.

    We are concerned for the physical and emotional health and safety of all refugees in Australia’s care. Evidence provided to recent Australian Senate Committee inquiries, and documented in other independent expert reports, raises serious concerns about the conditions in these facilities, especially for women and children. Incidents of violence, psychological harm and sexual abuse have been well documented. Australia retains responsibility under international law for the treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, and cannot absolve itself of its legal obligations simply by sending people offshore. We have heard government ministers attempt to distance Australia from these incidents. However, the government has gone to great pains to convince Australians that “stopping the boats” is a good thing. While we reject that assumption, we feel that it is incumbent upon you to also accept responsibility for the consequences of the policies and procedures performed for the sake of deterring legal migration of asylum seekers by boat.

    We are also concerned that the Australian Border Force Act 2015 makes it a criminal offence for detention centre employees to speak publicly about conditions in detention. Added to this is the information blackout of Operation Sovereign Borders. This lack of transparency damages fundamental principles that traditionally have been a hallmark of Australian democracy, including the rule of law. Immigration policy developed and pursued in a climate of misinformation damages the honesty and quality of public discourse in Australia, and risks eroding multiculturalism as a core Australian value.

    Finally, we are concerned about the damage that such policies are having on Australia’s international reputation as a country that fails to honour its international obligations to provide refuge and support to refugees who make it to our shores.

    We call on the Australian government to show leadership by ending this situation, abiding by its international law obligations, and respecting the human dignity of all people.

    We urge you, as Prime Minister, to lead a new conversation framed by values with which Australians identify, of generosity and fairness.


  7. It is not over, but we can be proud of this!

    Posted 1 October 2015 by Genevieve Kelly (NSW Division)

    Today news broke confirming what we have expected since the Turnbull leadership challenge — the federal government is shelving its plans to slash university funding by 20 per cent and force up ...

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  8. NTEU Response to UNSW White Paper

    Posted 30 September 2015 by Kiraz Janicke (University of New South Wales)

    Please see below a response written on behalf of NTEU members to the University's White Paper. The paper broadly encapsulates the concerns expressed by unionmembers, regarding some of the strategic ...

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    NTEU response to UNSW White Paper

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  9. Professional Staff: Know Your Rights Seminar | Flex-time & More Wed 30 Sep

    Posted 14 September 2015 by Amber Jacobus (University of New South Wales)

    Due to the success of our professional staff seminar held earlier in the month, the NTEU will be hosting another Know Your Rights seminar on upper campus, Wed 30th of Sep.

    All professional staff are ...

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  10. University staff applaud students protesting govt cuts and fee deregulation

    Posted 18 August 2015 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) supports students taking time out of classes to participate in the national day of action called by the National Union of Students (NUS) for Wednesday 19 ...

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