What’s the alternative to the NTEU framework – and if it’s really so bad, why are the leadership pushing it ?

Next week, NTEU members will be called on to vote on the controversial National Jobs Protection Framework, the plan developed by the union’s national leadership, without any consultation of members, to address the crisis in university funding triggered by Covid-19. Since information about the framework emerged, NTEU branches at Sydney, Latrobe, Monash, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria,… Continue reading What’s the alternative to the NTEU framework – and if it’s really so bad, why are the leadership pushing it ?

Some thoughts on the current debate in the NTEU

14 April 2020. Some thoughts on the current debate in the NTEU which I hope people will find useful, whether or not they agree. The national executive has broken solidarity with the membership A vigorous debate is currently underway among NTEU members as a result of the National General Secretary’s email last week informing them… Continue reading Some thoughts on the current debate in the NTEU

Follow The Leaders? The Role Of Universities In A Collapsing Climate

New Matilda, 18 February 2020. Original here. In a few days, amid the most serious environmental crisis since European invasion, students in Australia will begin the new university year. Only a small number of them will have been evacuated from holiday beaches during the worst of the summer bushfire inferno; even fewer will have lost… Continue reading Follow The Leaders? The Role Of Universities In A Collapsing Climate

Bushfires: we need a more oppositional political culture

New Matilda, 7 January 2020, under the title 'Two Sides, Same Coin: It’s Not About Labor Or Liberal Anymore. It’s Too Late For That Now'. Original here. Amidst the bushfire devastation, it’s natural to hope that one saving grace pulled from the ashes might be greater public resolve to convert the desire for climate action… Continue reading Bushfires: we need a more oppositional political culture

France’s Left Is Finally Fighting Islamophobia

Jacobin, 14 November 2019. Read the original here. For decades, Islamophobia has been central to the exercise of political power in France. Now, after years of paralysis, the Left is finally starting to fight it. On October 28, two elderly Muslim men were badly wounded when a gunman attacked a mosque in Bayonne in southwest… Continue reading France’s Left Is Finally Fighting Islamophobia

Ramsay’s groupthink

Arena, 26 July 2019. Read the original here. Does anyone want to hear another word about the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation? Since the ANU rejected Ramsay last year, the centre may, as its ‘chief executive’ Simon Haines acknowledges, have been slower than it anticipated in starting collaborations with Australian universities. But the prospect of… Continue reading Ramsay’s groupthink

On free speech on campus, and why the French code will be no help

Overland, 1 July 2019. Read the original here. Following conservative hysteria after a short-lived student protest when Bettina Arndt’s ‘fake rape crisis tour’ came to Sydney University last year, many universities have now agreed to implement the code of practice developed by the former Chief Justice, Robert French, in his review of freedom of speech… Continue reading On free speech on campus, and why the French code will be no help

The Ramsay Centre and the reality of ideology

Overland, 28 March 2019. Read the original here. Along with all its other horrors, 15 March was a terrible reminder of the reality of ideology. With the ideas behind the massacre of fifty Christchurch Muslims a click away in the gunman’s manifesto, there was, for once, no shortage of commentators ready to pinpoint how racist… Continue reading The Ramsay Centre and the reality of ideology

After Christchurch universities have a responsibility: abandon Ramsay

Sydney Morning Herald, 19 March 2019. Read the original here. There has been much discussion since Friday of politicians’ and parts of the media’s responsibility for promoting Islamophobia. But what of the role of institutions like universities? Since June last year, a heated debate has been underway on whether universities should collaborate with the Ramsay… Continue reading After Christchurch universities have a responsibility: abandon Ramsay

Tomorrow Students Strike For Their Future. But Like Iraq in 2003, They Shouldn’t Assume They’ll Be Heard

New Matilda, 4 March 2019. Original here. Among people who care about the planet, the massive turnouts expected around the country – and the world – for tomorrow’s climate demonstrations are fueling justified excitement. It’s not just that hundreds of thousands of students will go on strike from school and demand real action on global… Continue reading Tomorrow Students Strike For Their Future. But Like Iraq in 2003, They Shouldn’t Assume They’ll Be Heard