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This year's federal budget included major changes to higher education that will affect how governments fund universities and how universities levy fees. In a word -- deregulation. The Government's ...
Crossbench senators with an ear to popular opinion could become even less co-operative when university cuts come before them, with new polling showing the Coalition’s changes are poison in voter-land.
Extensive automated phone polling across 23 federal electorates taking in all states has found cuts in federal funding and changes to allow increased fees, higher loan charges, and access to limited federal funding by non-university course providers, have not gone over well with households.Sixty-nine per cent of those polled said they opposed “significant increases in fees” and 65 per cent said they opposed a 20 per cent funding
Independent polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union has confirmed that a range of marginal Government MPs would lose their seats if an election were held tomorrow.
The poll ...
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 ...
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
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
A list of extension of nominations for uncontested declarations in NTEU elections in can be found here:
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
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