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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. NTEU National Officers re-elected unopposed

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

     

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    Matthew McGowan 2014 NTEU Election Candidate Statement

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    Matthew McGowan 2014 NTEU Election Candidate Statement

     

    The three full time National Officers of the NTEU have been re-elected unopposed for another 4 year term of office. Along with Matthew McGowan (National Assistant Secretary) and ...

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    Jeannie Rea 2014 NTEU Election Candidate Statement

    • Published: 30 Jun, 2014

    Jeannie Rea 2014 NTEU Election Candidate Statement

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  6. NTEU Tax Guide 2014 now available

    Posted 27 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU Tax Guide 2014, published in conjunction with Teacher Tax, is now available for

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  7. NTEU supports CSP funding of sub degree higher education courses in public TAFE and universities

    Posted 16 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Amongst the avalanche of government funding cuts, student fee rises, deregulation and privatisation in the Abbott Government’s first Federal Budget there was one reform arising from a ...

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  8. 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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  9. Mid-year enrolments and the Budget

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

    Mid-year university enrolment is now open. Year 12 students are about to fill out tertiary education preferences. But what fees will they be paying come 2016 and what will they have to pay in interest on a HELP loan?

    These are the questions tens of thousands of Australian families are asking. Over the weekend there were several media reports of Year 12 students expressing their concerns about the extreme rise in the cost of undertaking a university degree if the Abbott Government’s higher education Budget changes are adopted by

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  10. 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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