28 avril 2019

Pre-election policy submission season (Advocate 26 01)

The pre-season opener was followed by the all team pre-budget submission round, where teams from all over Australia in all divisions are invited to participate in what is effectively a knock-out competition. The final this year has been brought forward, with the winners to be announced in the Budget on Tuesday 2 April. More...

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Is the economy outstanding or underperforming? (Advocate 26 01)

As the election approaches, voters can expect the Coalition to loudly recite standard slogans about their supposedly superior ‘economic management’ skills. More...

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After Christchurch: Standing up to racism (Advocate 26 01)

After the horrific Christchurch mosque shootings, there have been heartening displays of solidarity with Muslim communities. Four thousand people, Muslims and non-Muslims, came together at the Stand Together Against Racism rally in Melbourne the day after the tragedy to say that there is no place for racist hate in our society. It shouldn’t take tragedies such as this to notice how entrenched racism and Islamophobia have become in Australia. The horrific violence was a product of decades of vitriolic Islamophobia and anti-immigrant racism, currently led by the Coalition Government in Australia. More...

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2019 Federal Budget - through the gender lens

There is very little in this Federal Budget that targets women and certainly nothing to address gender inequality and sexism, the gender pay gap, superannuation inequity or to insecure and underemployment of women. The Budget headlines – namely tax cuts and the injection of $100 billion for infrastructure over a decade – will see broad benefits for the majority of wage earners, especially commuters, but will not be evenly distributed between women and men. More...

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NTEU Response - 2019 Federal Budget

As anticipated in the NTEU’s pre-Budget posting the government did not use its improved Budget bottom line to reverse the freeze on university funding or restore demand driven funding, let alone deliver a significant boost to public investment in higher education.  Instead the government used its improved Budget bottom line (due to better than expected iron ore and coal prices and a big under spend in the NDIS) to double the size of immediate tax offsets for people earning between $40,000 and $126,000 and lowering personal income tax rates which will cost the budget an estimated $20billion in revenue over the four-year forward estimates and some $158billion over ten years. More...

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2019-20 Federal Budget

What can we expect in this year’s Budget?  The NTEU is not anticipating that the government will use the unexpected improvement in the Budget bottom line, largely as result of unexpected improvements revenue as a result of better than expected commodity (iron ore and coal) prices, to reverse the funding freeze and restore demand driven funding and increase public inevestment in higher education, but are happy to be proven wrong. More...

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Latest issue of Connect out now

The latest issue (vol. 12 no.1) of Connect, NTEU's magazine for casual and sessional academics in Australian universities, is now available. More...

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Postgraduate election wishlist (Advocate 26 01)

Universities and their students are in crisis.
Federal research investment is abysmal. The Government is increasingly demanding that universities deliver more but with less funding, forcing universities to enrol ever more full-fee paying students to offset inadequate Government investment. More...

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Media release: UQ HASS Faculty Board Rejects Proposed Ramsay Programme

A regular meeting of the University of Queensland’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Board of Studies yesterday considered the academic program of the proposed Ramsay Centre for “Western Civilisation”. At the end of a three-hour discussion, the meeting voted unanimously not to approve the proposed curriculum of the Ramsay program. The Faculty Board of Studies usually meets about three times a year and has the role of considering new program proposals in the Bachelor of Arts, and includes senior academics from the Faculty. More...

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Media Release: Monash University Staff on 24 hour Strike on Wednesday 10 April

National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) members at Monash University have voted to strike for 24 hours on Wednesday 10 April from 12.01 am as part of their long campaign for a new Enterprise Agreement. More...

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