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Meeting 4(20) of the UMSU Students’ Council.

More details, including documents can be found here: https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/getinvolved/studentscouncil/

Close Manus!
Close Nauru!
Bring Them Here!

Join the University of Melbourne Student Union and other community organisations this World Refugee Day to campaign for human refugee policy.

Detention on Manus has been declared illegal by PNG and the cruelty and despair on Nauru has led to two people setting themselves on fire. Come to a pre-election World Refugee Day protest to demand that politicians end offshore processing, free the refugees and BRING THEM HERE.

Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull have disgracefully tried to scapegoat refugees for their own failure to deliver on jobs. But we know whoever wins the election we will have a fight on our hands to Close Manus and Nauru. This rally can be an important signal that the fight for refugee rights will continue after the election.

We need to keep up the momentum of the LET THEM STAY campaign and deepen the movement for refugee rights to demand that Manus and Nauru together with all the detention camps are closed, and that the major parties end their support for the detention and punishment of refugees.

Speakers include:
Adam Bandt – Greens MP,
Mohammad Baqiri – refugee activist and Afghan refugee, speaker from Victorian Trades Hall Council
Louise Newman – Doctors for Refugees
Angelica Panopoulos – High school student

https://www.facebook.com/events/1718804361696026/

Come on down to South Lawn and enjoy some smooth beats, sick eats and comfy seats (read: delicious food, awesome tunes and beanbags!) while learning about the Education campaigns being run by UMSU and the National Tertiary Education Union.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/858366117592805/

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Join the NTEU University of Melbourne BranchUMSU Education and The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association as we present a screening of Ivory Tower, and discuss how we can campaign against Abbott and Pyne’s plan to Americanise our Universities.

This is a free screening open to all staff, students and community members, Light refreshments will be provided, so don’t forget to secure your ticket via the eventbrite link above.

About the Film:
In the US, as tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes US$1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost?

From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State – among several others – Ivory Tower reveals how colleges in the US, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women’s college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure.

Ultimately, Ivory Tower asks, what price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionise university as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model?

RSVP: Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/avUF3i                             Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/776617929117443/

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When a piece of legislation is announced that is seen as detrimental to students, students across the country protest simultaneously in a National Day of Action. These occur in every capital city, some regional cities and generally include a rally, the idea  being that students are much stronger if they act together.

This year, students may see the cost of their degree skyrocket to $100,000, under the Coalition Government’s plan to deregulate university fees, alongside a range of other, equally disastrous policies. Modelling has shown these plans to hit lower-income students and women hardest of all. Students will participate in National Days of Action throughout the year, to fight this legislation and campaign on accessible, quality, affordable education for all.

This legislation has been defeated twice in the Senate so far, but students and our allies need to ensure that deregulation and funding cuts are taken off the table permanently!

The first two National Days of Action for 2015 were on Wednesday 25th of March and Wednesday 20th of May, and each saw a cohort of Melbourne Uni students march from campus down to the State Library, where we met up with fellow students from around the state to protest these harmful reforms.

Join us in protest on Wednesday, 19 of August for our next National Day of Action against deregulation and funding cuts! We’ll hold a free BBQ from 12pm, before departing from South Lawn at 1:30pm, to march down to the State Library where we’ll join students from other campuses.

The Facebook event for the UMSU contingent to the NDA can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1447139232259545/

The Abbott Government has decided that two failures are not enough – the 2015-2016 budget shows they’re going to keep pushing to deregulate university fees AND cut funding by an average of 20% per Commonwealth Supported Place.

This is an outrageous display of utter disregard for both the wishes of students (and the broader public) and what is best for students and universities.

Join us in protest, to call for MORE public funding, not less. We’ll meet on South Lawn and march down to the State Library to meet up with students from other campuses.

Demand a better future. UMSU says NO to deregulation.

Facebook event page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/432124446956014/

State event page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1568941363393821/