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  1. Exploiting the refugee crisis (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    A new study launched by Education International found that nearly half of private companies involved in Syrian refugee education are supporting some form of educational technology, which is often decontextualised from the reality on the ground, in terms of content, form, delivery, and needs.

    The report by Francine Menashy and Zeena Zakharia (University of Massachusetts Boston) explores the complex interrelationship between conflict and private sector participation in education through a case study of the education of Syrian

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  2. Quality public education for refugees needed more than ever (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    With the number of forcibly displaced people at its highest in history, World Refugee Day on 20 June revealed the urgent need for sustainable investment in public education to see that millions of children can access quality learning. 

    Major conflicts raging around the world have driven 65.6 million from their homes, according to the UN Refugee Agency in its latest report for 2016. Of them, 22.5 million are refugees, half of whom are children.

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  3. Students & staff suffer in VET wash up (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Andrew MacDonald (NTEU National Office)

    By Andrew MacDonald, Media & Communications Officer

    During the fevered height of VET FEE-HELP rorting linked to unscrupulous private for-profit providers, the true scale of the costly debacle proved hard to keep up with.

    On an almost weekly – if not daily – basis, fresh horror stories emerged involving the scamming of millions in taxpayer dollars, recruiters targeting the vulnerable, and students being stranded with half-finished, or useless, qualifications and significant

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  4. CDU’s inaugural IDAHOBIT marks new era of acceptance (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    [email protected] has come and gone, but the strength of the local community shone through with their support on 17 May 2017. There was so much love and acceptance displayed by all who attended. 

    It was an historic day at CDU as it was the inaugural IDAHOBIT and a successful beginning to a new era in LGBTI recognition and acceptance. This recognition will ensure that the voices of the LGBTI community will continue to emerge and grow here, not only at CDU, but in the wider NT

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  5. NTEU celebrates IDAHOBIT 2017 (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By David Willis, Virginia Mansel Lees, Andrew MacDonald

    NTEU held events around the country on 17 May 2017 to support International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT is an annual opportunity for communities to reflect on the past and present experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people throughout the world, to celebrate these communities and contribute to change for LGBTI

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  6. Intergenerational warfare (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Sophie Johnston, National President, National Union of Students

    There has never been a worse time to be a young person in Australia. We will see a generation of working poor, walking around with price tags of debt on our shoulders for the rest of our lives. 

    While our mates in Canberra paid either nothing or very little to go to university, young people today walk away with debts reaching the $100,000 mark. The value of high quality, face-to-face learning has been beaten down and replaced with the churning through of consumers. Our universities are turning into technical colleges, as students grapple to balance part-time work, dodgy unpaid internships, and still getting to class on time.

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  7. Ninth in Eurovision, first in uni fees (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    Australia may have come 9th in Eurovision 2017, but compared to the other Eurovision finalist countries we rank at the top in the amount our students pay to study at a public university.

    Eurovision coincided with the Federal Budget announcement of more cuts to higher education funding and increasing the costs for students. The trend continues of Australian governments expecting more of students and universities, yet continuing to reduce public investment, when we already rank second lowest amongst OECD countries. We also rank in the top half dozen for tuition fees charged. So when I was watching Eurovision and thinking about what to say to students rallying under NUS slogan, “Make Education Free Again”, I thought rather than the usual OECD comparatives, let’s have a look at Eurovision

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  8. Preserving the Wave Hill Walk-Off Bedford truck (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Andrew MacDonald (NTEU National Office)

    By Andrew MacDonald, Media & Communications Officer

    Late in 2016, an important piece of Aboriginal land rights and Australian union history embarked on what’s likely be its final journey. In a painstaking preservation and transportation operation, a rundown but resilient TJ Series Bedford truck was slowly but surely transported under the watch of conservators from Darwin to Canberra having been passed into the custodianship of the National Museum of

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  9. Workforce feminisation and job security in our universities (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    By Paul Kniest, Policy & Research Coordinator

    Over the last decade the Australian university workforce has not only experienced an increasing reliance on the use insecure forms of employment but has also sustained an increase in the proportion of the workforce that are women. 

    The total Australian university workforce grew from 93,993 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) persons in 2005 to 124,355 FTE persons in 2015. This is an increase of 30,362 FTEs or 32 per cent. Figure 1 disaggregates this growth into changes in FTE workforce by gender as well as classified by contract of employment. Figure 1 clearly demonstrates that between 2005 and 2015, the Australian university workforce has

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  10. Worth 100%: Bluestocking Week 14–18 Aug 2017 (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    Why is there still a 10 per cent gender pay gap in education, when women and their unions have organised so successfully over so long for gender equity? 

    Education unions can proudly claim their credentials as long term and consistent campaigners for equal pay, equal opportunities, affirmative action, and gender inclusive curriculum, and against both explicit and covert discrimination in structures, policies and

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