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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Bluestocking Week 2014: Crossing the Line

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    This year’s Bluestocking Week theme is ‘Crossing the Line’. How could it be otherwise? The line has been crossed already, not by us but by the Abbott Coalition Government and their advocates and supporters, who are seeking to wind back the clock as they actively attack pro-women and feminist policies and perspectives. We cannot stand on the sideline, but have to cross the line ourselves.

    Last year, we focused on what the future may hold as it looked like the outcome of the federal election would be a neo-conservative Coalition Government.  

    The National Union of Students (NUS) announced early last year that ‘Our bluestockings are on the line.’ NTEU responded in August arguing that we must ‘hold the line’, defending equity and accessibility in universities, highlighting the value of education in a progressive society, and underlining the need to maintain a quality higher education sector through appropriate levels of public

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  4. Victorian Division Indigenous Members' Forum registration

    Posted 17 June 2014 by Ken Norling (Vic Division)

    Registration for one day Victorian Division Indigenous Members' Forum, to be held Thursday 3 July at the Koorie Heritage Trust.

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    TheVictorian Division is holding an Indigenous members Forum on 3 July at the Koorie Heritage Trust, 295 King Street Melbourne.

    All those attending the  Forum  must register with the Division office by COB 27 June 2014, using this form.

    Registrations after this will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. 

    For any registration enquiries, please contact Sam Maynard, email smaynard@nteu.org.au

    For any Forum enquiries, please contact Celeste Liddle, email cliddle@nteu.org.au

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  5. 70 per cent of Australians against higher university fees

    Posted 16 June 2014 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    Polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) shows that 70% of Australians oppose university fee increases for students and that higher education reforms are one of the most unpopular measures in the budget.

    The figures confirm that the community are angry about the broken election commitment not to alter university funding arrangements, as well as policies that would see students from poorer backgrounds locked out of quality education.

    “These are budget measures that Christopher Pyne and the Government kept secret before the election for a reason,” said Jeannie Rea, NTEU National

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  6. Budget plans summarised in set of slides

    Posted 3 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    NTEU has produced a set of slides for members which summarise the Government's Budget plans for higher education and research.

    It is a long document that has developed since the Budget announcements as the NTEU analyses have been rolling out and we have been talking with members on campuses.

    Members are welcome to use the file to communicate about the Budget, but please attribute to NTEU. The slide set will continue to be

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  7. edXpress #14 (June 2014) out now

    Posted 2 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    The June 2014 issue of edXpress, NTEU's free monthly e-newsletter, is out now - view it here.

    This issue is dominated by the ramifications of the Abbott Government's Federal Budget, specifically the ...

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  8. Media Release: Pyne and Age of Inequity

    Posted 2 June 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    2 JUNE 2014

     Pyne’s “Age of Inequity” for higher education

    NTEU analysis released today shows the Government’s proposed changes to higher education funding and ...

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    Fact Sheet
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    Age of Inequity

  9. Media Release: Cost and Debt Shifting

    Posted 29 May 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    NTEU Media Release

    NTEU analysis released today shows that the Abbott Government is shifting debt and costs away from the government and onto students.

    Crucially, it shows that the level of debt students will owe the government will exceed the Australian government’s net debt sometime in the early 2020s as a result of their higher education changes.

    NTEU National President, Jeannie Rea said this was cost shifting on a grand

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  10. NTEU scholarships: Call for applications

    Posted 19 May 2014 by Helena Spyrou (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU has posted two scholarships for union members.

    Carolyn Allport Scholarship

    The Carolyn Allport Scholarship for postgraduate feminist studies by research – $5000 per year for a ...

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