Students already forced to contend with online learning, teaching staff cuts, and the loss in many cases of their own jobs, are now being threatened with the cancellation of government support for their university places if they struggle academically.
The new year was welcomed in Canberra amid orange and grey air and a red sun so dimmed you could stare right at it. Those who had no choice but to venture out did so wearing masks, while others without masks used their arms and shirts to cover their mouths. Walking through the city centre, the wail of multiple fire alarms was incessant, almost drowning out the sounds of people coughing and vomiting in the haze. Other than that, silence.
Nick Xenophon and his party, the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT), is the third force in South Australian politics, and looks set to outpoll the ALP and potentially hold the balance of power in the Senate.
Workers in the South Australian public health sector have been bargaining with the state government since the middle of 2014. The workers, represented by United Voice, are demanding job security and no further hospital privatisations or outsourcing.
Student Voice – a coalition of students from the Flinders University Socialist Alternative club, Indigenous Students Association, Indonesian Students Association, Film Society and Social Work Society – won several key positions in a decisive victory over the combined forces of the Labor left and right in the university’s student association election, which was held in the second week of October.