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  1. New economic analysis shows benefits of extending Domestic Violence leave to all workers

    Posted 31 January 2017 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU endorses the findings of new research by Dr Jim Stanford for the Australia Institute on the positive economic impacts of extending domestic violence leave to all workers in Australia.

    The ...

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  2. Submission to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on violence against women - Country visit to Australia

    Posted 30 January 2017 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU has made a submission for the information of the Special Rapporteur in preparation for her country visit to Australia.

    The Union’s submission (see link below) focuses on the work ...

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  3. Canadian OCUFA journal highlights problems of sexual violence on campus

    Posted 20 January 2017 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The insidious problem of 'rape culture', sexual harassment and assaults on campuses are not confined only to Australian universities. The latest journal of the Ontario Confederation of University ...

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  4. VET Student Loans Bill sets the agenda for reform - but more needs to be done

    Posted 2 December 2016 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) today welcomed the passing of the amended VET Student Loans Bill (2016) as a positive first step in addressing the deregulation and funding crisis that ...

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  5. The Union’s approach to gender equity (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    By Terri MacDonald, Policy & Research Officer

    While it has been said that unions reflect their industries, a quick glance shows the gender breakdown as reported by the NTEU to the Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA) is significantly better than the sector. With low numbers of staff as fixed term or casual (less than 7 per cent of all staff), and women well represented across the different levels of the Union staff, the NTEU is better placed than not only universities, but many other trade

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  6. Bluestocking Week keeps up union tradition of a feminist agenda (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    By Terri MacDonald, Policy & Research Officer

    The theme for this year’s Bluestocking Week was ‘A Feminist Agenda’ – a deliberately empowering call that drew upon the traditions of the bluestocking movement to challenge the sustained attacks levelled at women who contest male power and control today, be it on campus, in traditional and new social media platforms, in the political arena or more broadly in both culture and

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  7. Australia's 45th Parliament to have lowest number of women MPs since 1993

    Posted 15 July 2016 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    Even though counting is continuing for a number of lower house seats and in the Senate, it is already clear that Australia's 45th Parliament will have the lowest level of women parliamentarians - and ...

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  8. Major parties target women voters (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 22 June 2016 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The 2016 federal election campaign has seen a shift away from the mantra of ‘working families’, probably because both major political parties have realised that single women are now a substantial block of voters. Furthermore, as the proportion of women undertaking and completing higher education has increased (to the point where the majority of graduates are women), so has their political engagement, and now women equal men in terms of their political interest, particularly for younger

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  9. Research & innovation - just a 3 word slogan? (Advocate 23 02)

    Posted 22 June 2016 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    Research and innovation is a key policy area targeted by all major political parties in the 2016 federal election. Indeed, while noting that it appears that you can’t have research without innovation, it has been bandied around to the point where it almost seems to be another three word election slogan.

    However, with ongoing funding cuts which have had a huge impact on both the CSIRO and the Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs), as well as the push to invest less in pure research and research for the public good and to place more emphasis on commercialisation, the question of what impact will these policies have (if realised) must be seriously

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  10. NTEU supports independent expert report that finds Australia ‘moving backwards’ with work, family and care policies

    Posted 30 May 2016 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU supports the findings of more than 30 public policy experts from  Australian universities, who today released the report, Work, Care and Family Policies: Election Benchmarks 2016...

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