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  1. The Cost of an Australian university degree compared to the rest of the world

    Posted 27 June 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    Some of the more questions frequently asked about the impacts of Christopher Pyne’s proposed changes to higher education include what impact they are likely to have on the cost of getting an Australian university degree and how this will compare to the rest of the world.

    While we do not know exactly how much the cost of university degree in Australia will increases as rest of the government allowing universities and other providers offering Commonwealth supported places to charge whatever price they think the market will bear.  The NTEU’s analysis of factors determining likely prices rises and what impact this will have on students is the subject of a fact sheet called  How much will a uni degree cost?

    The purpose of this note however, is compare how much it costs to undertake an undergraduate university degree in Australia compared to the rest of the world.  In order to ensure that we are comparing universities of similar standing we have used data on university fees included in QS World University Ranking Top 500 for 2013.  The data presented in Figure 1 (also see Table 1) show both the average fee charged to undergraduate students by universities in the Top 500 in each country with at least 3 universities in the top 500.  It also shows range (top and bottom) of average fees charged by the different universities in each country.

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  2. 18C and the ‘right to be bigots’

    Posted 26 June 2014 by Adam Frogley (Indigenous)

    On 25 March 2014 – a watershed day in the debate of freedom of speech versus the right for all Australian citizens to be protected from acts of racial discrimination – Attorney-General George Brandis announced the Government intended to repeal Sections 18.B, C, D and E from the Racial Discrimination Act (1975), replacing them with a ‘strengthened’ version.

    This brought passionate pleas from many community organisations and individuals to immediately withdraw the proposal. 

    While it would appear that the Government is forging ahead with this move on the basis that they see fault with these sections of the Act, the explanations from the Attorney-General on why his new proposed wording would be beneficial fall far short of the existing protections in the Act.

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  3. Votes lost, count won

    Posted 26 June 2014 by Gabe Gooding (WA Division)

    It’s history now, but at the time the debacle that was the WA Senate count lost-votes saga following the 2013 Federal Election was of great concern and interest to the WA Division. For the first time, the Union had advocated for a particular vote in a Federal Election and members in WA had responded enthusiastically with a turn-out on polling booths to promote the Vote Smart message that was beyond our expectations. 

    After all that work, to have the outcome hinge on 11 votes and then 1300 missing ones, and be drawn out over several months was excruciating for us as very interested by-standers. One can only imagine what it was like for the actual candidates who found their lives on hold for another five

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  4. Deregulation of Victorian vocational education: A case study in policy and market failure

    Posted 26 June 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    As we all wait with anticipation for the market to ‘waive’ its magic in the deregulated higher education market, we might ask why such an approach has been such an unmitigated failure in relation to Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Victoria. The Brumby Labor Government’s 2008 Securing Jobs for Your Future policy introduced a student-demand driven system in which public funding was fully contestable between public TAFE institutes and private providers for the delivery of VET, not dissimilar to the approach Christopher Pyne wants to impose on higher education.

    The primary objective of the Victorian policy was to increase the number of people undertaking training in areas and at levels where skills are needed for the Victorian economy.  The only problem is that this did not

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  5. Mary Kelly: Commonwealth scholarships trashed

    Posted 26 June 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    The Federal Budget claims to create a new ‘Commonwealth Scholarship’ scheme but, in reality it cuts $800 million from the existing scheme, trashes the Liberal legacy of Menzies and Nelson, and makes things worse for low-income students.

    Before Whitlam abolished fees, Menzies had in place a widespread system of Commonwealth Scholarships (CS) which paid for tuition fees and provided a living

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  6. Support for EQUIP petition overwhelming!

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Ryan Costello (Curtin University of Technology)

    More than 800 staff at Curtin University have signed an NTEU petition calling on the Vice-Chancellor to ensure that staff are not forced to transfer to new positions significantly different ones, ...

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    NTEU EQUIP Submission

    The NTEU's EQUIP Change Management Submission

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  7. Bargaining update - June 2014

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Grahame McCulloch (NTEU National Office)

    There has been intense activity at several Branches over the last few months, with industrial action reported in the last edition of Advocate at the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland (UQ) resulting in finalised Agreements. More recently, staff have taken action at University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University and Navitas (La Trobe) in pursuit of fair Agreements.

    Agreements completed and close

    Staff at Monash University and UQ were set to be balloted at the time of writing, with the Agreements delivering annual pay rises of 3% and 3.1% respectively.

    Other Agreements that have been approved, or are before Fair Work Commission for approval, include the University of New England, Flinders University, University of South Australia, University of Western Sydney, La Trobe University and QUT.  The Macquarie University Academic Staff Agreement has also been finalised.

    The Bargaining State of Play table shows an overview of pay and conditions achieved in all completed

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  8. Bluestocking Week 2014: Crossing the Line

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    This year’s Bluestocking Week theme is ‘Crossing the Line’. How could it be otherwise? The line has been crossed already, not by us but by the Abbott Coalition Government and their advocates and supporters, who are seeking to wind back the clock as they actively attack pro-women and feminist policies and perspectives. We cannot stand on the sideline, but have to cross the line ourselves.

    Last year, we focused on what the future may hold as it looked like the outcome of the federal election would be a neo-conservative Coalition Government.  

    The National Union of Students (NUS) announced early last year that ‘Our bluestockings are on the line.’ NTEU responded in August arguing that we must ‘hold the line’, defending equity and accessibility in universities, highlighting the value of education in a progressive society, and underlining the need to maintain a quality higher education sector through appropriate levels of public

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  9. Lunch and Learn - Know Your Agreement

    Posted 18 June 2014 by Jayne van Dalen (Edith Cowan University)

    NTEU Lunch and Learn

    Know Your Agreement

    For Professional Staff


    Joondalup Campus, 12.00pm Tuesday 1st July, 8.302

    Mount Lawley Campus, 12.00pm Thursday 3rd July, 10.308

     

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  10. 70 per cent of Australians against higher university fees

    Posted 16 June 2014 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    Polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) shows that 70% of Australians oppose university fee increases for students and that higher education reforms are one of the most unpopular measures in the budget.

    The figures confirm that the community are angry about the broken election commitment not to alter university funding arrangements, as well as policies that would see students from poorer backgrounds locked out of quality education.

    “These are budget measures that Christopher Pyne and the Government kept secret before the election for a reason,” said Jeannie Rea, NTEU National

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