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  1. Australian universities don't value their Indigenous students and staff

    Posted 11 July 2014 by Celeste Liddle (Indigenous)

    Indigenous students can contribute a lot to university life, but harsh government policies have hit them particularly hard

    This article by Celeste LIddle, NTEU Indigenous Organiser, appears in The ...

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  2. Pat Wright: Net snares Budget bombs

    Posted 11 July 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    The 2014 Abbott Debt and Hockey Deficit (ADHD) Budget has been the most unpopular in living memory.  Usually, the shock-horror aspects of an austerity Budget are hosed down after a few weeks with a bit of smooth talking by the Government, but this Budget has so many destructive aspects buried in the detail or hidden from first sight, and has been so poorly ‘sold’ (with Ministers contradicting each other and getting stuff just plain wrong), that the unpopularity of the Budget has escalated, rather than subsided, over the past several weeks. 

    Much of this mounting disillusionment, if not anger, can be ascribed to the uncertainty about how much of the Budget will get through the Senate, anyway, so people are reluctant to accept the nasties that they might not have to.  However, some of the unpopularity is due to greater access to Budget information and enhanced exchange of information, analysis and commentary – thanks to the

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  3. 2013/14 NTEU Taxation Statements

    Posted 9 July 2014 by Glenn Osmand (NTEU National Office)

    Current taxation statements for membership fees collected by the NTEU via Direct Debit, Credit Card and Invoice are available for download from your NTEU Member page.

    To access your statement, go ...

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  4. 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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  5. NTEU elections: Uncontested declarations, extension of nominations

    Posted 8 July 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    A list of extension of nominations for uncontested declarations in NTEU elections in can be found here:

    www.nteu.org.au/myunion/about_us/elections/2014/uncontested

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  6. Thesis Whisperer: Academic assholes and other jerks

    Posted 8 July 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    About a year ago, I wrote a post on my blog called ‘Academic assholes and the circle of niceness’. In it I asked ‘do academics get further in their career if they act like jerks?’ I wrote the post after reading The No Asshole Rule by Bob Sutton, which included research suggesting we tend to assume mean people are cleverer than nice people. My contention was, since cleverness is so valued in academia, it might be advantageous to be an asshole.

    If this is true, people who play nice would tend to be under-valued, even pushed out, which, over the long term, would feed an increasingly nasty and unhappy workplace. I suggested one way to counter this problem was to consciously cultivate what my friend Rachael Pitt calls ‘the circle of niceness’. Inside a circle of niceness we know and trust that colleagues will be generous and supportive of each

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  7. Ian Lowe: McDonaldisation of higher education

    Posted 8 July 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    We all knew what to expect from the Budget: a whole heap of pre-election assurances turn out to have been ‘non-core promises’, that outrageous phrase the Coalition introduced to politics. Tony Abbott famously explained his past barefaced lies to Kerry O’Brien by saying that only his written statements could be ‘taken as gospel’, so we should not have been surprised when his pre-election promises turned out to be dishonest.

    It takes real chutzpah to look straight at the camera and give the sort of assurances Abbott gave before the election about education, health care, pensions and funding of the ABC. As Woody Allen said, ‘The most important things in politics are sincerity and integrity. Once you can fake those, you’ve got it

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  8. Budget a shocker for Indigenous Australians

    Posted 8 July 2014 by Celeste Liddle (Indigenous)

    The Federal Budget contained a number of nasty surprises for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Cuts were expected, and pre-empted to a certain degree, but when the news came through that a total of $500 million had been cut from essential Indigenous services, the shock in the community was apparent.

    In particular, equity measures within Indigenous education, health and legal services have been the hardest hit and there seems little opportunity for response. In short, we have a huge fight ahead in a hostile

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  9. Budget 2014: Winners and Losers

    Posted 8 July 2014 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The fine print of the Federal Government’s 2014 Budget has now been reviewed and it is clear that the ‘Budget burden’ is quite unevenly spread, with clear winners and losers emerging. However, while we are told that the ‘Budget pain’ is necessary in order to both repair and safeguard the economy, does it really do that?  Or is the Government’s economic approach fundamentally flawed, paying heed more to the big end of town than Australia’s long term economic future?

    First, it is important to see who wins and who loses in the

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  10. 2014 Online Teaching Conditions Survey

    Posted 7 July 2014 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU is seeking your input to help our campaign for better working conditions.

    If you are a casual or sessional academic, you can take the 2014 Online Teaching Conditions Survey here.

    You ...

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