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  1. MRA's on campus a cause for alarm

    Posted 19 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    ‘In short, simple “patriarchy” is a myth, or at least greatly exaggerated. This is proven by the fact that there were many queens throughout history.’ Thanks to the kind Men’s Rights Activist (MRA) who informed me of this, we no longer need to be fighting the patriarchy. Thank goodness! Years of feminist struggle could have been avoided if we had just realised how lucky we were to have Queen Elizabeth I. 

    In theory, men’s rights activism sounds totally reasonable. Indigenous men are paid far less than their white counterparts, have a much higher chance of ending up in jail and a lower life expectancy. There is a culture of silence around men’s mental health that definitely should be addressed and results in high rates of suicide, there are many diseases that specifically effect those born as men and men are socialised not to seek help and of course many issues surrounding masculinity and a ‘boys don’t cry’

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  2. The perils of being an unsettled woman

    Posted 19 September 2014 by Celeste Liddle (Women)

    If there was one political gaffe that grabbed my attention recently, it was the unfortunate announcement by Tony Abbott that Australia was ‘unsettled’ prior to 1788. Indeed, my immediate response on hearing this was to be dumbfounded. For some absurd reason I did expect slightly better from our Prime Minister and self-appointed ‘Minister for Indigenous Affairs’, particularly considering much has been made of this man’s ongoing connections with remote Aboriginal communities. Then again as Abbott, and other members of his government have proven, political gaffes are all the rage this

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  3. Andrea Brown Making a difference

    Posted 19 September 2014 by Paul Clifton (Women)

    A passion for social justice is what drew Andrea Brown to her role as Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer at Victoria University (VU) and, for almost 20 years, she did a job that she loved. This same passion and commitment also enabled her to simultaneously participate as an active member of the NTEU VU Branch. Andrea is very proud of both her career achievements and her union activism at VU over the last 20 years. 

    Redundancy and departure from VU earlier this year came as an unexpected blow. Andrea strongly believes that reducing the resources, including the number of staff working in equity and diversity is problematic as equal opportunity is needed now more than ever in the higher education sector. [See Andrea’s article in Agenda, vol. 21, Sept 2013,

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  4. ‘Employers of choice’ failing general staff

    Posted 17 September 2014 by Andrea Brown (Women)

    The final report of the 2011 Work and Careers in Australian Universities Survey contains disturbing findings on women general staff access to professional development and career advancement. These findings should be considered as NTEU monitors the implementation of clauses on general staff advancement.

    The broader aim of the Gender and Employment Equity: Strategies for Advancement in Australian Universities ARC funded research led by Professor Glenda Strachan and co-partnered with the NTEU, was to advance our understanding of existing gender inequalities in Australian universities. Gender inequality in employment persists, despite increasing gender equity policy and program initiatives focusing their attention on work and family.

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  5. NFAW analysis reveals women as biggest budget losers

    Posted 17 September 2014 by Terri Macdonald (Women)

    Noting that there was no modelling in the Budget papers on the impact of the Budget on women, the non-politically aligned National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), in conjunction with experts from a range of organisations, took on the task of analysing the implications of the Budget 2014-15 through a gender lens.

    Like NTEU’s analysis in higher education, the NFAW found the biggest losers from the Budget to be women, irrespective of age, income, employment status, or if single, married/defacto, with or without carer

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  6. Little shift in gender disparity in higher ed

    Posted 16 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    There has been little shift for some time in the gender disparity in higher education careers and studies. In some areas gender equity has deteriorated. The proportion of women vice chancellors has fallen to 20%, just eight out of 39. It had climbed to one third a few years ago. And just the second woman to head up a ‘Group of 8’ University, starts at Monash this September.

    There has been little shift in the proportion of women academics still hovering around 44%, and women are still less than one third of the professorial class, but now at least more than one quarter. While women are two thirds of general and professional staff, and have made significant inroads into senior positions (45%), there does not seem to be any recent gains. Women still predominate in lower levels and more insecure jobs across all

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  7. CAPA: Don’t gender my agenda, Mr Pyne

    Posted 16 September 2014 by Paul Clifton (Women)

    This year’s Bluestocking Week theme ‘Crossing the Line’ could not be more relevant to women in higher education today. 

    Representing women of all different backgrounds in postgraduate education the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) decided to get the message out to affiliates and students on the ground in as many ways as possible. Not only did CAPA send out sets of Bluestockings posters and balloons, but also two pairs of actual blue stockings to each affiliate organisation, after all what better way to get the message out to people than to wear it

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  8. Budget confirms disregard for women

    Posted 15 September 2014 by Terri Macdonald (Women)

    Despite claims by the Prime Minister that he is ‘feminist’ (due to having a wife and daughters), this was the first time in over 30 years that a Federal Government did not produce a Women’s Budget Statement as one element of the official Budget Papers. While the Government has remained silent as to why it abandoned this practice, it may be to avoid highlighting the fact that, should all the measures proposed by the Government in this Budget be passed by the senate, women will be the worst impacted - be it in higher education, the workplace, as carers or as seniors, from any walk of

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  9. Why we cross the line in 2014

    Posted 15 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    In the lead up to Bluestocking Week this year, NTEU National President Jeannie Rea wrote about why women need to actively defend and advocate for women in higher education as latest government policies would actually see women lose their numbers and opportunities in universities.

    When the NTEU and NUS decided to bring back Bluestocking Week a couple of years ago, we agreed that we needed to recognise the achievements of women in higher education from those feisty pioneers dubbed ‘bluestockings’ to today’s women taking on study and jobs in universities from so many diverse

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  10. ACTU Women’s Conference 2014

    Posted 15 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    The ACTU Women’s Conference in Melbourne in August was comfortably oversubscribed – demonstrating both the enthusiasm of union women staff, delegates and elected representatives, but also ...

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    Agenda vol. 22

    Crossing the Line!

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