08 décembre 2019

NTEU fights CDU job cuts (Advocate 26 03)

In recent weeks the precarious financial and academic state of Charles Darwin University (CDU) has made local and national news. NTEU ran a petition demanding independent assessments of the current change proposals. More...

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Unionists rally to support whistleblower (Advocate 26 03)

In early October, news broke that Murdoch University had sued one of its academics, Associate Professor Gerd Schröder-Turk. The University took the action in response to Gerd appearing on the ABC’s premier investigative program, Four Corners. Gerd and his colleagues, not just from Murdoch, revealed certain practices spread throughout many Australian universities relating to the recruitment of international students. More...

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The Final Quarter (Advocate 26 03)

In mid-2019, a film was released which started to change some of the conversations in society with regards to racism, how it manifests and what its impacts can be. That film, The Final Quarter focused on the last couple of years of former AFL great Adam Goodes’ playing career, honing in on the ‘booing fiasco’ and piecing together footage of the time to tell the story without interviews. The film is precisely an exploration of how racism is constructed and propagated in Australia. More...

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‘Ensuring Integrity’ Bill ensures inequity (Advocate 26 03)

Freedom to associate sits at the heart of democracy and enables workers to unite and work together to promote and protect their economic and social interests. The importance of this freedom to democratic society is reflected in its status as an internationally recognised human right protected in such conventions as United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); International Labour Organisation Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention 1948 (No.87); International Labour Organisation Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention 1949 (No. 98). More...

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Murdoch Overreach (Advocate 26 03)

In 1997, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) published its Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel which included the following statement:
“ … all higher-education teaching personnel should enjoy freedom of thought, conscience, religion, expression, assembly and association as well as the right to liberty and security of the person and liberty of movement. They should not be hindered or impeded in exercising their civil rights as citizens, including the right to contribute to social change through freely expressing their opinion of state policies and of policies affecting higher education. They should not suffer any penalties simply because of the exercise of such rights.”
But more and more frequently, Australian universities are seemingly thumbing their noses at the notion that university workers are, by right, free to consider and develop controversial ideas in the search for truth. More...

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Does good academic citizenship really matter? The Thesis Whisperer (Advocate 26 03)

To be clear: this is not a criticism of my university or individual managers, who are often just doing their best with a shitty situation. Years of government policy have made our universities into corporate entities exposed to the cruel winds of financial misfortune, not collegial communities who pull together to defend each other. More...

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Universities failing on the wicked problems (Advocate 26 03)

I have the privilege of teaching young adults many of whom have come to Australia for postgraduate studies because they want to contribute to making real change in their communities for equality, and economic and environmental sustainability. More...

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Surveillance technology vs democracy. News from the Net (Advocate 26 03)

The part played by surveillance technology in the Coalition’s surprisingly successful 2019 Federal Election campaign has yet to be revealed, and it might never be, such is the potential of this closely-guarded secret. More...

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Zimbabwe after Mugabe (Advocate 26 03)

Colleague delegates to the NTEU National Council, I sent you fraternal greetings from the College Lecturers Association of Zimbabwe (COLAZ). COLAZ is an all-weather friend of the NTEU to whom we are thankful for having assisted our young union with solidarity support including legal assistance with the writing of our Constitution. More...

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Why the Hong Kong protests matter to unionists (Hint, it’s not only because we care about solidarity) (Advocate 26 03)

The Hong Kong protests are an unparalleled democratic explosion – touching young and old, worker and student. The stakes are high. Since 18 August 2019 almost every protest has been banned. Now with a partial state of emergency in place – face masks are banned, the MTR train system rarely runs outside of business hours imposing a kind of curfew – we are watching our neighbour slide into a place of crisis. More...

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