• Give Our Youth a Better Future
    Youth unemployment is on the rise all around the country, with one in eight youngsters in NSW currently jobless. In the Shoalhaven, like many places around Australia, industries are disappearing, leaving locals with little to no jobs. And now with the decimation of TAFE colleges in NSW the prospect of a bright future for our children is eroding before our eyes. Our world class TAFE system provides an important pathway to skills and employment but government cuts mean our ability to gain the skills needed in today’s workforce are being ripped away. Couple this with the prospect of 100k degrees and what chance do the next generation have? Education should be a right. It is the responsibility of government to ensure that it is accessible to everyone. With the looming influx of overseas workers brought on by the new ChAFTA agreement we are staring down the barrel of a youth unemployment crisis. Now is the time to act.
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    Created by Unions NSW
  • Statement of Solidarity with Filipino Academics, Artists and Cultural Workers
    On September 24 2018, amidst the heat of the 46th year of commemorating the Filipino peoples’ struggle against Martial Law under former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) released a statement that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New Peoples Army (NPA) were planning to oust the current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Shortly after, on October 2, 2018, General Antonio Parlade Jr., assistant deputy chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines accused Universities of being bases for mass recruitments for the CPP and NPA. Parlade Jr released a list of accused educational/academic institutions in the Philippines including premiere Philippine universities such as the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and Philippine Polytechnic University. The evidence cited for this claim was that campuses host anti-Martial Law film screenings among other artistic and cultural activities. These events have triggered widespread concern among many Filipino artists and acadmics who denounce the malicious efforts by the AFP to “red-tag” educational institutions as part of their counter-insurgency operations. Tagging academics and artists as Communists has historically been a precedent in the Philippines for military and government crackdowns against a wide range of critics. During the Marcos dictatorship, the University of the Philippines served as a space for free expression, speech, and assembly amidst country-wide state censorship, and this space became vital to resisting, opposing, and eventually putting an end to Martial Law. During the Martial Law period artists and academics were prominent among the 70,000 imprisoned and 34,000 tortured between 1972 and 1981 (Amnesty International).
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    Created by Anna P
  • Class Sizes Up, Contact Hours Down – Save Our Arts Faculty
    The MSA’s number one priority is a better student experience, including the academic experience. We are determined to consult with the university and staff in developing ways to deliver this, where these changes have evidence, and are in the best interests of students. However, we are greatly concerned that these changes will undermine the quality of your education within the Faculty of Arts while you continue to pay the same fees. Stand up to these changes and sign this petition as we call on the Dean of Arts, Sharon Pickering, to reverse the changes and include student consultation on any future course changes. It is the only way to protect the quality of your education.
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    Created by David Power
  • Stop the War on Young People, WE DESERVE BETTER!
    The National Union of Students is the peak representative body of Higher Education Students in Australia. Time and time again The liberal government and Malcolm Turnball continue to attack students. In 2017 they removed penalty rates, young people rely on penalty rates and weekend work to make ends meet. Housing and rent prices are skyrocketing, which continues to force young people into financial hardship. In 2018, the continued cuts to higher education will continue, already this government has tried to lower the repayment threshold, cut funding from Unis and support services to students.
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    Created by National Union of Students (Australia) Picture
  • Opportunity for a Chinese Translation course at Swinburne
    This would be important because students would be able to have the chance to strive for translation jobs, which with just a normal chinese major/minor usually you just learn the language and not being able to fully apply it to the workforce. It be awesome to have it online as well as on campus so that students can have the support they need when wanting to ask for help with difficult grammer.
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