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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. NTEU recommends voting 'YES' in Enterprise Agreement Ballot

    Posted 20 June 2014 by John Pezy (Flinders University)

    Today marks the beginning of the ballot in which Flinders University staff may vote to accept or reject the negotiated Enterprise Agreement (EA). You should have received a newsletter from the ...

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  7. 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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  8. Voting on Flinders Enterprise Agreement to open next week

    Posted 11 June 2014 by John Pezy (Flinders University)

    Dear Colleagues,

    You will recently have received information about the new Enterprise Agreement (EA) as part of the University consultation process in the lead up to a staff ballot. The NTEU commends ...

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  9. Budget plans summarised in set of slides

    Posted 3 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    NTEU has produced a set of slides for members which summarise the Government's Budget plans for higher education and research.

    It is a long document that has developed since the Budget announcements as the NTEU analyses have been rolling out and we have been talking with members on campuses.

    Members are welcome to use the file to communicate about the Budget, but please attribute to NTEU. The slide set will continue to be

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  10. Mid-year enrolments and the Budget

    Posted 3 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Mid-year university enrolment is now open. Year 12 students are about to fill out tertiary education preferences. But what fees will they be paying come 2016 and what will they have to pay in interest on a HELP loan?

    These are the questions tens of thousands of Australian families are asking. Over the weekend there were several media reports of Year 12 students expressing their concerns about the extreme rise in the cost of undertaking a university degree if the Abbott Government’s higher education Budget changes are adopted by

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