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  1. Principled advocate and quiet achiever (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Grahame McCulloch (NTEU National Office)

    By Grahame McCulloch, General Secretary

    Adrian Ryan, foundation Secretary of NTEU NSW Division, died in early June. His passing marks a generational moment in the history of the Union. Adrian was representative of the activists who built the foundations of academic unionism in the 1970s.

    Adrian was a highly significant figure in the politics and industrial relations of the university sector from the late 1970s onwards at local, State and national levels. He was a fearless and principled advocate for the interests of university staff and the university sector more generally with a sharp intellect, insightful tactics and measured pragmatism when necessary.

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  2. NTEU Women’s Conference: Refracted by the Gender Lens (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    With over seventy participants, this year’s biennial NTEU National Women’s Conference was the biggest for years. Almost all Branches were represented and delegates confirmed that they expect our union to be a strong and consistent voice for gender equity and women’s rights across all of our activities.

    The Union’s policy is that all our industrial, organising and policy work must be scrutinised through the gender lens. We should not tolerate so called ‘unintended consequences’ and ‘unconscious biases’. So it was disappointing that delegates reported having to often put and keep ‘women on the agenda’ even within our own meetings and activities.

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  3. To market we go, again: Government legislative plans for tertiary education (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Letter from Aotearoa/NZ, by Sandra Grey

    Education is nothing like chocolate or cheese, as my colleague tells her students, but this point doesn’t seem to have been grasped by the New Zealand Government which is rushing through with plans to further open up the country’s ‘tertiary education

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  4. Academic escape fantasies (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Thesis Whisperer, by Inger Mewburn

    I’ve been thinking a lot this last two months about leaving academia. For some years now, I’ve planned a series of romantic novels set on Australian university campuses, with characters and situations based on my everyday life. 

    I must confess I’ve only got as far as generating a series of provocative book titles like Unsatisfactory peer review and n=1 is the loneliest number, but my campus romance novel writer fantasy has certainly kept me amused during boring committee meetings. In a small corner of my soul I imagine these books, should I ever get around to writing them, would help me transition into an academic afterlife as a best-selling romance writer. To be honest, this seems like a natural next step after being a celebrity blogger.

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  5. Marching for science, and for our society (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Lowering the Boom, by Ian Lowe

    The March for Science was an amazing development. It began in the USA as a response to the attacks by the Trump administration on science in particular and evidence-based policy in general. But the problem is not confined to the US, although it is obviously an extreme example.

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  6. Twitterography (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    News from the Net, by Pat Wright

    Hardly a week goes by that some elderly sage doesn’t condemn social media for shrinking the brains of the young. Twitter comes in for more than its fair share of the criticism because of its apparent limit to 140 characters – almost as though multiple tweets and embedded links to webpage documents and images were not possible. True, a single, isolated tweet requires a very short attention-span, but to blame Twitter for shrinking attention-spans in Millenials puts the cart before the horse and misconstrues the way in which Twitter is best used.

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  7. Trump's hair raising higher education agenda (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Andrew MacDonald (NTEU National Office)

    By Andrew MacDonald, Media & Communications Officer

    Suggestions of Russian interference, military posturing, a sacked FBI Director’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee and speculation about ‘secret tapes’. Given these are among the dramas which have beset the presidency of Donald Trump, it is perhaps understandable that the international media has been kept enthralled by plotlines which wouldn’t be out of place in a spy thriller. Yet while the Administration’s higher profile scandals have hogged most of the headlines, the implementation of President Trump’s agenda domestically has also caused some concern, including in relation higher

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  8. Exploiting the refugee crisis (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    A new study launched by Education International found that nearly half of private companies involved in Syrian refugee education are supporting some form of educational technology, which is often decontextualised from the reality on the ground, in terms of content, form, delivery, and needs.

    The report by Francine Menashy and Zeena Zakharia (University of Massachusetts Boston) explores the complex interrelationship between conflict and private sector participation in education through a case study of the education of Syrian

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  9. Quality public education for refugees needed more than ever (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    With the number of forcibly displaced people at its highest in history, World Refugee Day on 20 June revealed the urgent need for sustainable investment in public education to see that millions of children can access quality learning. 

    Major conflicts raging around the world have driven 65.6 million from their homes, according to the UN Refugee Agency in its latest report for 2016. Of them, 22.5 million are refugees, half of whom are children.

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  10. Students & staff suffer in VET wash up (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Andrew MacDonald (NTEU National Office)

    By Andrew MacDonald, Media & Communications Officer

    During the fevered height of VET FEE-HELP rorting linked to unscrupulous private for-profit providers, the true scale of the costly debacle proved hard to keep up with.

    On an almost weekly – if not daily – basis, fresh horror stories emerged involving the scamming of millions in taxpayer dollars, recruiters targeting the vulnerable, and students being stranded with half-finished, or useless, qualifications and significant

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