• ANU CALL TO ACTION ON SASH
    However, as much as these achievements are to be commended, students are still falling through the cracks. They are frequently let down by a system and an institutional culture that have been slow to change. Student leaders in this space have faced issues of communication from the university around keystone events, and past audiences with key groups have left student leaders feeling disempowered around how genuinely senior management view student input and activism in this area. It has also been disappointing to see the Student Code of Conduct, a tool advocated for by student leaders and activists as a means to increase student safety from sexual harrassment and sexual violence, being used by the university earlier this year as leverage to discourage student campaigners and activists. Furthermore, the lack of progress in bringing the current Staff Code Of Conduct in line with the new Student Code has led to inconsistencies in how the university responds to sexual violence and in the outcomes of these responses. It is equally important that the Nous Review’s recommendations continue to be implemented, especially at new halls that were not reviewed. For example, it is crucial that Residential Cultural Change Plans (Recommendation 12) are implemented at every hall. The ANU must remain resolutely committed to not only responding to current student expectations, but being a driving force of change on our campus.Throughout 2020, Residential Hall student leaders have been committed to reaching out and collaborating with the RRU, and many would like to see a greater effort made to respond to the concerns and suggestions provided by those who live in residences. Feedback should not only be received positively, but indeed actively sought out. There should be developing relationships between the RRU and every residence, and indeed with student organisations across campus who seek to achieve similar ends. We hope that the lessons learnt during the last two years for a number of halls that were either established or involved in building changes are considered when new residences, such as SA8, are established. It is critical for support for all survivors that staff structures are able to provide pastoral care, and as we did a year ago in the Do Better ANU protests, we continue to call upon the ANU to install Deputy Head-equivalent positions in every residential hall. We are further disappointed by the failure of the university to address domestic violence with COVID-19. In their annual survey, PARSA found that 2% of students (20) indicated that they have been at risk of family and/or domestic violence due to the movement restrictions as part of the COVID-19, and a further 7% (60) said that they may have been at risk. While the Respectful Relationships Unit has done some work on the issue, we were disappointed at the lack of tailored resource creation for the ANU community and the lack of any distribution of those resources and outreach around domestic violence to students and staff. Failure to do so has resulted in student leaders and associations bearing the burden of support during COVID-19, despite already having limited resources to do so. Lastly, we believe that many recent and past cases have demonstrated a continued lack of accountability in disclosure and reporting processes that have let students down. There must be clearer processes, more accountability mechanisms, and a structure that prioritises the care and support of survivors. Transparency not only improves systems through understanding what can be improved upon; transparency makes disclosing and reporting so much easier for all survivors. Understanding what processes there are, and how they work, are critical to the progress that the students of ANU deserve. To survivors, we believe you, we support you, always and forever. We support and stand with those who throughout the years sought to hold institutions and perpetrators accountable for their actions. Recommendations: 1. An increase in resourcing and logistical support to groups who provide support and drive cultural change on campus. Successful student engagement requires effective communication and effective advertising. 2. A commitment to reforming the Staff Code of Conduct to bring it in line with Student Code. 3. A commitment to not weaponise the Code of Conduct against student protest and freedom of speech. 4. A commitment to not only accepting, but also actively seeking out, student feedback and cooperation with student leaders across campus. 5. Recognition of the importance of multiple pastoral care staff positions at every hall on campus, and the implementation of Deputy Head-equivalent positions at every hall. 6. A commitment to more transparent and accountable reporting and disclosing procedures. 7. Survivor-led models of care towards students
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  • Andrew Bolt is a public health menace.
    Bolt writes one of the widest distributed columns in the nation. He always uses this platform to promote his anti-science agenda. Maybe you can argue that is free speech. But when he is blatantly pedalling falsehoods on public health during a pandemic he must be refused a platform. Mr Weir needs to pull Bolt into line before people die.
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  • Stop limiting our free speech!
    The new social media policy is draconian and unfair. It would allow managers to fire and discipline staff they don't like, just for perceived crimes online. Some of these crimes would be as miniscule as liking a comment or graphic online. Public servants have a right to free speech too. We demand transparency and that the new social media policy is discarded.
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  • We won't let Followmont Ruin our Retirement
    Are you a long distance driver for Followmont? Have you ever looked at the amount for Super on your payslip and wondered if it's correct? Followmont are paying long distance drivers based on the "minimum guaranteed wage method" when they should be paying using the "cents per kilometre method". You could be getting thousands less than what you're entitled to. Add your name to a petition calling on the Australian Tax Office to urgently investigate the way Followmont pay superannuation to long distance drivers.
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  • Don't support freezing public health workers' pay
    Cassy O’Connor has said she supports a wage freeze for public sector workers, including hospital workers. RHH cleaners have gone above and beyond over last few months keeping people safe. They work in the heart of Cassy O’Connor’s electorate, Clark, and most live in the electorate too. They don’t understand why Cassy O’Connor and the Greens want to freeze their wages. In real terms, that amounts to a wage cut. Cleaners are calling on Cassy to change her position and support them, by allowing them to have the wage increase that the government agreed to. The agreements were negotiated in good faith and should be honoured. Health and community services workers deserve a pay rise that keeps up with the increases to their cost of living.
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  • Restoring fairness to injured workers
    At the end of the 2017-18, 18,519 workers have an active work cover claim in Victoria. 25 % of these claims are complex workover claims by workers who are not able to return to work and face multiple and cumulative adverse impacts, including ongoing financial strain, family tensions, subsequent health concerns, and adverse employment experiences. My name is Vasalia Govender, and I would like your help to change the workover system for injured workers. Our WorkCover system requires an overhaul, at least in its validation of injured workers claims and the unnecessary delays in finalising applications for compensation. Injured workers must receive early assistance to apply for work cover claims and treatment to aid a triumphant return to work.
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  • Give ACT Catering Workers Their Portable Long Service Leave!
    Right now many of us are using other leave entitlements to keep ourselves, our families, and our employers afloat during the pandemic. Now, more than ever before, workers need jobs they can count on. Catering staff should no longer be robbed of hard-earned leave by the structural failures in our industry.
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  • Don't hand public road maintenance to the private sector
    South Australians deserve safe public roads. If the maintenance of our roads, traffic signals, level crossings and street lighting is privatised, safety will be at serious risk, and will result in more costs to taxpayers. Public servants working in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) have decades of experience in maintaining our public roads -- there is no logical reason to hand what is a key government responsibility to the private sector, which is renowned for cutting corners to increase profits. There are hundreds of publicly managed roads around in South Australia. Privatisation will lead to reduced quality roads -- slower turnaround time for repairs to malfunctioning traffic lights and signals, a deterioration of road quality, particularly in regional areas, and a loss of industry expertise. Private companies are only interested in generating profits for shareholders. This means any workers who are employed by the new private provider will eventually suffer reductions in wages and conditions. The Public Service Association is opposed to privatisation, which always costs the community more at the expense of quality services. We ask you to tell Premier Marshall to end his government's ideological obsession with privatisation and to start investing in our public services, not cutting them.
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  • Bus Driver Safety Screens must be fitted to every TransLink urban bus
    The issue of bus driver assaults is not new, it has been going on for years. In Queensland for the past 10 years the issue has been researched, debated and reviewed and the need for public transport buses to be fitted with bus driver safety screens clearly identified in the 2017 Bus Driver Safety Review. Queensland public transport is administered by the government department of Transport and Main Roads under the TransLink banner. TMR/TransLink awards contracts to bus operators and it fully funds the cost of providing these services and provides funds for the purchase of buses used in these contracts. The Bus Driver Safety Review identified the need for bus driver safety screens to be fitted to urban buses under the TransLink banner. All new buses purchased by TransLink contractors must be fitted with bus driver safety screens. It will take another 21 years for the entire fleet of buses under the TransLink banner to be replaced with buses fitted with driver safety screens. Therefore, for another 21 years bus drivers working for contractors under the TransLink banner will be at risk of assault because they will be driving a bus that is not fitted with a driver safety screen. I am asking for your assistance to petition the Queensland Government to fully fund the cost of retrofitting the entire TransLink branded bus fleet.
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  • Protect our rights for representation
    This is a fundamental workplace right and shows a clear lack of care for staff to ignore and erode workers rights during this time of crisis whilst hundred of Deakin staff are made redundant.
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  • Petition to the Director-General, National Library of Australia
    The NLA’s strength in Asia-related resources has always been a magnet, world-wide, drawing academics and researchers to Australia. It put Australia on the map internationally as a major centre for Asian Studies. The significance of this for Australia, the region and the world is self-evident. In more recent years of budget cuts, most university libraries throughout Australia have ceased collecting in Asian languages with the rationale that the NLA would provide central resources that we all could access. If this ceases to be the case, Asian Studies and the important, hard-won centrality of Australia’s role as a bridge between East and West will be permanently and irretrievably damaged. For that reason, we would urge you to reconsider the proposed new policy, collection strategy and the closure of the Asian Reading Room, long a mecca for international scholars and a place where Asian Australians have felt at home in the NLA since the Colombo Plan and for decades afterward.
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  • Western tunnel layoffs , workers stood down
    Rapid growth of Werribee, Geelong and Craigieburn There's no North South Express way. PT Cook gridlock needs bypassing to get to employment mecca's in the North, Trucks from Geelong to Bypass Pt Cook princes Hwy. Link Both Airports , has potential of removing 50 % of inner west traffic. (A Manhattan city) to decentralize, located on E6 And Werribee River, Central between Geelong & Craigieburn , accessible for all western regions of Victoria. Such economic potential Compared to West gate tunnel.
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