University fee deregulation: dead buried cremated or just resting its eyes?

On October 1 the new Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham announced that he has no plans to reintroduce legislation to deregulate university fees this year: the key words in that statement are “this year”.

Rally for Water

Rally for Water

In July, Save the Children (WA) lost an entire year of fundraising when a burst water main caused a massive flood, destroying Save the Children’s 50,000 books (read more:

When our delegates at Water Corp heard about the Save the Children's loss, they moved a motion for us to seek to replenish their lost books at the Rally for Water. Please bring your books (in great condition) along to the rally on the 23rd.
Organised by Save Our Water - Western Australia and the CPSU-CSA

Event date: 
Wed, 23/09/2015 - 12:00pm

Good news — for a change

Senate rejects bid to make unemployed wait for welfare

An attack on young people has been defeated. A measure to force jobseekers under the age of 25 to wait an additional four weeks before accessing unemployment benefits has been defeated in the Senate, 30 votes to 35.

Labor and the Greens opposed the bill, announced in the May federal budget, meaning six of the eight crossbenchers had to vote with the government for the bill to pass.

A look at Rojava's democratic, feminist revolution

Rojava, the Kurdish-majority liberated zone in northern Syria, is the location of a unique experiment in grassroots, participatory democracy.

It is undergoing a profound social revolution that emphasises social and economic equality, ecology, religious tolerance, ethnic inclusion, collectivity combined with individual freedom and, most obviously, feminism.

Students tell Pyne where to stick bill

Students rallied across the country on August 19 to protest education minister Christopher Pyne's third attempt to introduce a fee deregulation bill.

Tony Abbott’s government has twice failed to pass fee deregulation, which could allow fees in excess of $100,000 for students. The bill has not yet been put for a third time, but Pyne is determined to pass it.

More than 80 people rallied at the Sydney University protest, called by the National Union of Students, to oppose deregulation, defend current degrees and oppose all course and job cuts.

Perth Protest Against Fee Deregulation

Perth Protest Against Fee Deregulation

Wednesday, August 19 at 2:00pm
Forrest Chase Mall
Forrest Place, Perth WA, Perth, Western Australia 6000

Organised by NUS West

Event date: 
Wed, 19/08/2015 - 2:00pm

In Brief

Students say ‘Resign Pyne’

About 100 people protested outside the Melbourne launch of federal education minister Christopher Pyne’s new book, A Letter to My Children, on July 31.

The day before, Pyne had been chased off La Trobe University by students chanting, "Pyne the Minister. Can he fix it? No he can’t.”

The protest was called to draw attention to Pyne's ongoing attempts to deregulate university fees. This would condemn future students to pay much higher fees to gain a tertiary education.

Staff and students vow a fightback to cutbacks at University of Sydney

The Sydney University National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) organised a rally in trying weather conditions on Wednesday 5th August. They were joined by lively contingents from the Student Representative Council, Sydney University Postgrad Student Association, Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative, Greens members and staff from a variety of departments.

Kyol Blakney, SRC president gave an acknowledgement of country and condemned the corporatism of universities.


Puerto Rico: Billionaire hedge fund managers demand schools close to pay debt

“Billionaire hedge fund managers have called on Puerto Rico to lay off teachers and close schools so that the island can pay them back the billions it owes,” the Guardian said on July 28 on the debt crisis facing the United States' Caribbean colony.

Graduates rack up huge debts to go on the dole

When Gough Whitlam’s Labor government abolished university fees in January 1974, student enrolments had already been increasing at double the population growth for two decades.

In 1985, three years before Bob Hawke’s Labor government abolished free tertiary education and brought in the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), it had decided to develop the full-fee international marketing of education as an export industry.

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