University of Melbourne

Casuals occupy office of University of Melbourne Arts dean

It is an open secret that Australian universities are underpaying casual academics. However, casuals and their allies, with the support of union officials, are fighting back by forming union member-led groups such as the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Casuals Network.

The University of Melbourne has renamed the prominent Richard Berry building for maths and statistics after a long anti-racism campaign by a group of staff and students.

Until his retirement in the 1940s, Berry was Australia’s leading voice in the pseudoscience of eugenics, which aimed to produce a superior human race by having suitable people breed, while at the same time sterilising those with “rotten heredity”.

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