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Sarah Garnham writes in Red Flag that ‘our protest-based campaign has already had two significant victories over the government.’
‘But for these victories to be meaningful, we need to match Pyne’s determination. We need to continue the fight against privatisation, funding cuts and fee increases.’
On Friday 13 February, an organization of concerned students calling itself The New University (http://newuni.nl/) occupied the Bungehuis, one of the University of Amsterdam’s buildings and one of the Humanities Faculty’s primary locations. The students are protesting the financialization of academic life, and are calling for the radical democratization of university management. According to press releases issued by the students, their decision to occupy a university building was only taken after they had become convinced that all other options for entering into discussion with the university’s management had been exhausted, and many less impactful forms of protest had already been exercised (see http://humanitiesrally.com/).
Students are keeping the flame of free speech alive with their ‘unauthorised’ protests against Pyne and his attempted destruction of Universities. To defend free speech and Universities join with students in their just campaign against fee deregulation and funding cuts on 25 March across Australia.
About 30 students in Sydney were protesting against Education Minister Christopher Pyne and his attacks on Universities. Here is the ABC video of a policeman pepper spraying the students. This is what their ‘democracy’ looks like.
For the unions and students fighting alongside Labor and the Greens, the job to convince crossbenchers and the public that deregulation is in itself a problem – the real fight – starts now.
Alexis Vassiley in Red Flag argues for free higher education.
The Illawarra Mercury on opponents of the higher education reforms and Pyne’s supposed back down.
John Passant, of protest group UOW Uncut, said the concessions were a temporary measure designed to persuade undecided senators.
Free education was won through consistent protest in the 1970s and can be won back now through consistent protest writes John Rainford in Green Left Weekly.
Mr Passant believes the university will rein in pay rises, opt not to renew contracts and employ fewer casuals to meet the target.
[And that is before redundancies.]
To read the whole story click Jobs at risk as UOW eyes spending cuts.
Me in today’s Illawarra Mercury on the rally against University cuts and fee de-regulation at Wollongong University
Me in today’s Illawarra Mercury.