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Government's higher education policy disintegrating into disputes

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JULIAN tJLALE, M .H.R. Federal Member For Deakin COMMONWEALTH S lnadow M inister for Edu o a 'PARL!A/S\r..·'. ί ARY Lui

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13 November 1988


The Federal Government's new higher education policy is disintegrating into a series of rows and industrial disputes, the federal Member for Deakin and Shadow Minister for Education, Julian Beale, said today.

The level of disputation between academic staff, administrators and the federal Government is unparalleled in Australia's history.

The list of current industrial disputes includes:

. the disruption of enrolments of students by the Councils of Academic Staff Associations;

. the banning of the collection of information necessary for the graduate tax by the Victorian Colleges and Universities Staff Association; and

. the refusal by academic unions to pass exam results onto university and college administrators.

Further industrial action has been threatened by university and tertiary college unions.

The disputes are principally over the power grab by Education Minister Dawkins and his Department, the graduate tax, retrenchment policy, research policy and forced mergers.

Hundreds of thousands of students could be affected by these industrial disputes.

Australian students, parents and university and college teachers should not be subjected to the badly designed Dawkins education scheme.

Cabinet must now step in and try to heal these wounds in our leading academic institutions.

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