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Queensland Teachers' Journal 

June 2015

Editorial: Hysteria around union influence is misplaced

Rather than focus on any achievements in turning back some of the worst policies of the previous government, some public commentary obsessively focused on links between the new government and the union movement, with the insinuation of “secret deals”.

Union women meet Minister to discuss domestic violence

On the 23 April, 12 women representing the QCU Women and Equal Opportunity Committee met with Shannon Fentiman, the Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, to discuss domestic violence.

From the President: Our schools are too crowded!

You would be forgiven for thinking that this column was about overcrowded classrooms or the jam-packed curriculum. Both issues are important, current and sadly true. However, this discussion is about how schools are being swamped by “good” ideas and what we need to do as educators to clear the decks so that we let teachers teach.

Minister addresses State Council

On 15 May, Kate Jones, Queensland's new Education Minister, made a speech to QTU State Council. Here are some of the highlights.

From the VP: Keep the workload conversation going

When the Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones attended the QTU State Council meeting in May, one of her messages was that she wanted to “just let teachers teach”. It’s welcome news, because that’s what we’ve been asking for.

IPS: time for a re-think

The QTU has called on the new state government to re-evaluate the Independent Public Schools program amid growing fears that it is creating a two-tier public education system and undermining the transfer and relocation systems.

Government moves on industrial relations

The Palaszczuk government has moved quickly to restore a fair industrial relations system for state government and local government employees.

Federal Budget 2015: education ignored

For the first time in living memory, school education and vocational education and training were completely ignored in the annual budget speech.

Achieving the full Gonski

The campaign to achieve the full Gonski funding model for schools is starting again in earnest, moving into top gear in term three and continuing until the next federal election.

Announcement of QTAMA closure ends shameful attack on TAFE

The Labor government is holding true to an election commitment to close down the Queensland Training Asset Management Authority (QTAMA) by announcing new legislation to dissolve QTAMA and return all TAFE assets to the Department of Education and Training. (Queensland Teachers' Journal, vol.120, no. 4, 5 June 2015, p. 14)

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a federal government initiative agreed to by all Australian states and territories.

Stop closure of Aboriginal communities

A “call to action” has been announced in protest at the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities.

QTU to launch reconciliation action plan

The QTU is formalising its commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by developing its own reconciliation action plan (RAP).

Changes to paid parental leave create financial mess for young families

Tony Abbott’s changes to your paid parental leave (PPL) scheme have created a mess – and he’ll need more than Napisan to clean it up.

Lifelong learning: an experienced teacher reflects on QTU new educators training

Teaching, by its very nature, is one of those fields where there is always something more to learn.

Legal: Dismissal for teacher who taped children to seats

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 120 No 4, 5 June 2015, p.29


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