Missed opportunity to tackle teacher workloads in Vic deal

Manolya Moustafa, Tess Lee Ack Victorian teachers and school support staff stand to make fairly modest gains in the new industrial agreement between the Australian Education Union (AEU) and the Labor government. It is hardly the “great win” claimed by branch president Meredith Peace. Teachers and support staff will get...CONTINUE READING

Why the Liberals hate children

Manolya Moustafa If you wear a “Fuck Tony Abbott” T-shirt, the hysterical cries of “Won’t somebody please think of children” roll in on cue. But when the Liberals flout Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (“children have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of leisure...CONTINUE READING

Murder in a Turkish mine

Manolya Moustafa A wave of revolt has swept Turkey in the wake of the country’s worst ever mining disaster. Thousands are directing their anger at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Çetin Uygur, former head of the miners’ union Maden-İş, said an explosion and subsequent fire in the Soma coalmi...CONTINUE READING

Rich snobs cheating welfare

Manolya Moustafa Social services minister Kevin Andrews says that welfare is becoming “unsustainable”. Yet billion of dollars in federal handouts continue to go to do-nothing rich snobs. For one thing, private schools including campuses like Geelong Grammar, which boasts of its students being able to bring...CONTINUE READING

A raw deal for Victorian teachers

Manolya Moustafa After a two-year campaign, the Victorian joint teachers and education support staff EBA has been ratified. The Australian Education Union and the state Liberal government finally reached agreement on 18 April. At first, media coverage repeated the union officials’ false declaration of a hu...CONTINUE READING