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March 17, 2005

Brendan Nelson, the Education Minister, has proposed to ban compulsory unionism because of the conservative dislike of lefty student politics:


The voluntary union legislation was tabled yesterday in the House of Representatives. Why? The Senate knocked the legislation back in 1999, 2002 and 2003. Why not wait until after June 30th when the Government has control of the Senate?

Why stir things up with substantial fines for a university that charge a fee for any amenity, facility not of an academic nature?

Especially when a compromise was on the table: the monies raised by student union fees could not be used for political activities, but could be used for key services, such as childcare, health services, study skill programs and counselling services. This is where the bulk of money goes.

What is to be gained from the newspaper headlines?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:33 AM | | Comments (0)