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  1. Steve Ciobo - Stop pressuring Pacific Island nations into signing PACER Plus

    Posted 25 May 2017 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    The Australian Government wants to proceed with signing the PACER-plus agreement, even though both Papua New Guinea and Fiji have withdrawn and claim that the trade deal would hurt their infant ...

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  2. UK and Australian universities ‘more stressful than Uganda’

    Posted 5 May 2017 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    This article was published by the Times Higher Education and is available here.

    By: Jack Grove

    Academics working in the UK and Australia experience more stress in their job than their counterparts ...

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  3. Is the TPP really dead? ( Advocate 24 01)

    Posted 16 March 2017 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    On 23 January 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), derailing the aspirations of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who only weeks before had agreed to coordinate Australia and Japan’s early entry into the multilateral trade agreement. 

    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (FADT) Committee committee report on the TPP in February demonstrated that the maths does not add up in the current Australian Senate, with the Greens and Nick Xenophon calling on the TPP to be abandoned. Unlike the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) which supported ratification of the TPP in November 2016, the FADT Committee recommended that the Australian Government defer binding treaty action until its future was clarified. So is that it for the

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  4. Labor calls Govt on HE cuts in Parliament

    Posted 1 March 2017 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    On Monday, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Education, Tanya Plibersek put a private motionon higher education to the House of Representatives, calling for the Coalition ...

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  5. TPP threatens irreversible damage (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    By Jen Tsen Kwok, Policy & Research Officer

    Australia still has its sights set on a last minute ratification of the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), as unions and civil society organisations rally around the country, and even as the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (FADT) announced another

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  6. Watt the? Research policy and funding incentives under a returned Turnbull Government (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 9 November 2016 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    By Jen Tsen Kwok, Policy & Reseach Officer

    Innovation does not rate in the minds of the electorate. This is one of the great lessons learned by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the recent election. Once it was the pointy policy end of how Turnbull wished to reinvent his prime ministership. It was the portfolio cherry-picked to explain why, ‘There has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian’. Then the first six months of 2016

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  7. Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program asks the wrong questions

    Posted 23 August 2016 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU today made its submission on the Structural Review of the NHMRC Grant Program.

    The NTEU drew upon latest Departmental staffing data to illustrate the scale of insecure employment and the ...

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  8. Defence Trade Controls: Presumption of innocence under threat (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 27 June 2016 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    In early April 2016, sources including the Sydney Morning Herald and Nature drew attention to what Advocate has been telling our members for a long time – that criminal offences in the Defence Trade Controls regime have become operational and there is a lot to be concerned about.

    Media attention included Nobel Prize Winner Professor Peter Doherty warning Australian Academy of Science (AAS) colleagues that the law would both intimidate scientists and be ineffective given that ‘neither nature nor bad guys obey any such rules’. This follows on from the NTEU’s long-standing advocacy on these matters and the role of many individuals, including Dr Daniel Mathews, in bringing public attention to the concerns of Australian scientists

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  9. ACOLA Review of Australia’s Research Training System

    Posted 21 April 2016 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    In 2015, ACOLA (Australian Council of Learned Academies) was asked by the Federal Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, to undertake a review of Australia’s Research Training System. The ...

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