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President’s message: your election choice

By Helen Richardson, AEU Branch President.

If there is one thing the EU referendum has taught us, it is that voting matters and being informed about the consequences of your vote matters even more.

I won’t beat around the bush, on Saturday you have a stark choice when it comes to voting for Gonski.

Bill Shorten and the ALP, and the Australian Greens, will continue with the rollout of Gonski school funding reform.

Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals will axe Gonski and needs-based school funding at the end of next year.

At a conservative estimate, Malcolm Turnbull’s policy denies more than $70 million to Tasmanian schools – public and private – in the two years alone (2018/2019).

Worse still, Malcolm Turnbull’s last Federal Budget shows cuts and ongoing underfunding for public schools. That means under Malcolm Turnbull’s policy, if you work in a public school you will go backwards in terms of resources. It is spelled out in black and white in his own budget papers – you can read it for yourself here.

I don’t need to tell you what a disaster cuts of any proportion would be, nor the crying shame of the lost opportunities for our kids because they are denied $70 million in vital funding.

And I don’t need to tell Tasmanian Liberal Government Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff either. Mr Rockliff is on the record as saying that if Gonski is stopped it will condemn generations of Tasmanians to disadvantage.

What is also very concerning in regard to Turnbull’s policy is that there is little detail about what comes next – he will only say that new funding arrangements will be negotiated with Premiers. This contrasts with Gonski which is not just more funding for schools, according to need, but is a whole new funding model which is permanent.

On Saturday, I urge you to vote for the resources you need to do the job to the high standard that you set for yourself, so that every child at your school has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Gonski Week: your photos

Congratulations on making National Gonski Week in Tasmania the biggest and best yet!
 

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Polling booths in Bass

It’s vitally important that when people cast their vote on Saturday they are fully aware of the political parties that support the full Gonski for Tasmanian schools and those which do not.
 

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Teacher Transfers: deadline Friday

The closing date for transfer applications is this Friday, 1 July, 2016. You can complete a transfer request here on the DoE website – you’ll need your log-in details.
 

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Membership subs refund policy change

As of 1 July 2016, our policy on refunds for membership subscriptions will change and the period for refunds will be capped at three months, instead of the current 12 months. 
 

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AEU Life Membership

Nominations are now open for AEU Life Membership.

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This will melt your heart

Grab some tissues and watch this video from our colleagues in AEU Victorian Branch – it will melt your heart!
 

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Support Staff Log of Claims

Thanks to those of you who are Support Staff members and who provided us with input for your new Agreement via a recent survey.

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Support Staff: TOIL and additional hours

If you are a Support Staff person, remember that you may be eligible for additional hours and TOIL days. 
 

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PD in the Pub

The ever popular and entertaining PD in the Pub returns in 2016 with “Assessment on the Go” in Hobart and Launceston.
 

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Teacher Transfer survey

The Teacher Transfer Agreement 2013 is soon to be under review so we are seeking input from AEU teacher members regarding any concerns or suggestions for how the Agreement might be improved.
 

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Federal Women’s Conference – apply now


The 2016 AEU Federal Women’s Conference will be held in Melbourne on 8 & 9 October and this year’s theme is ‘Respect’.
 
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External research projects

We often receive requests from people doing research, related to education, to send you surveys.
 

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