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  1. Counterhegemonies with Professor Raewyn Connell

    Posted 18 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Professor Raewyn Connell, one of Australia’s foremost intellectuals on class, gender, education and intellectual labour is retiring. Her work has influenced generations of students and academics and changed and challenged popular and populist constructions of knowledge, of prejudices and of behaviours. Whilst walking the world stage for decades, Raewyn has also been a committed Australian academic and unionist and played a key role in last year’s collective bargaining campaign at the University of Sydney. If you are in Sydney on 5-6 September, try and get to these

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  2. Bluestocking Week - Abbott Govt has crossed the line

    Posted 6 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    In the lead up to Bluestocking Week 2014 (11-15 August), NTEU National President Jeannie Rea asks are we standing still or actually going backwards? Will women’s achievements in higher ...

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  3. Public Statement on Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker crisis

    Posted 5 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

     

     I would like to draw your attention to an article “’Here the word future is not a word': life as a refugee on Nauru" published by Professors Joseph Pugliese and Suvendrini ...

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  4. Financial impact of Budget changes on Australian universities

    Posted 5 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    There is no argument that future students will bear the greatest costs if the Abbott Government’s proposed changes to higher education announced in 2014-15 Federal Budget are implemented. The ...

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  5. Impact of Budget changes on regional and outer metropolitan universities and communities

    Posted 5 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    The consensus is that rural and regional communities will be hardest hit by the Budget’s higher education changes. This understanding is shared amongst higher education experts and by ...

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  6. Cross the line and tell us your bluestocking story

    Posted 30 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

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    This year, it’s time for action on campuses. NTEU with NUS and CAPA will use Bluestocking Week to highlight the importance of women speaking out and sharing our stories and views.

    We need to hear the stories of the women in our universities as we "cross the line" and challenge attitudes that seek to restrict women's freedom and opportunities.  In short, we want to hear diverse and contemporary ‘bluestocking’ experiences.

    We can create a human tapestry that describes the experiences of women who work and study in our universities, as women ‘cross the line’ and challenge attitudes that seek to restrict our freedom and opportunities.

    We want to hear from all women in the university community:

    • students,
    • academics
    • professional and general staff
    • graduates
    • friends

    Tell us your stories of the value of education and opportunity, and what you are doing to challenge the status

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  7. Nature asks what is the ERA doing to the future of Australian science?

    Posted 28 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Australia and New Zealand’s research quality assessment policies have come under scrutiny in the latest edition of Nature. In her article “The limits of excellence”, Annabel ...

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  8. Thai academics suffer in latest coup

    Posted 9 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    In a statement issued on 2 June, the NTEU condemned the 22 May military coup d’etat in Thailand and called for the immediate restoration of constitutional rule and for the release of all academics and students detained by the military junta.

    As the union representing the staff of Australian universities, the NTEU is specifically concerned with the round-up of academics and students calling for democracy and civilian rule.

    The statement continued to say:

    ‘NTEU, joins with other unions, NGOs and governments in calling upon the Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army to immediately release politicians, activists, journalists and academics who have been harassed and imprisoned following the military summons to cease any political criticism or face

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  9. The case against government funding of private non-university higher education providers

    Posted 4 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU has produced a fact sheet outlining the case against the government funding private, non-university higher education providers (NUHEPs).

    The research was compiled in response to changes outlined in the 2014-15 Federal Budget, specifically the decision to extend funding for Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) to non-university public and private providers, including for-profit provides.

    Fully contestable markets for the allocation of VET places have been a spectacular failure in Victoria, and the NTEU is concered that similar havoc would be wreaked on the higher education system more broadly should these policies be introduced

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  10. No truth or justice in the American way

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

    If any one aspect of Minister for Education Pyne’s plans for Australian higher education sends shivers down the collective spines of university staff, students and Vice-Chancellors, it is his proclamation that  the United States higher education system is his inspiration.

    Not surprisingly, the prospect of the Americanisation of our universities also horrifies the general public, as confirmed in the NTEU’s latest polling (see p. 22). People know about the American system from popular culture. Just think about the many plot lines that draw upon the millstone of student loans hanging over young (and not so young) professionals, tales of glorious but also terrible colleges, of the scramble to get into a decent college, abuse of scholarship systems, of university collusion with big pharma and the military industrial complex, of persecution of dissident academics, rip off for-profit outfits, bankrupt colleges and so

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