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The shake-out at La Trobe colleges … still getting Fresh at UQ … WEA willy winkies … ADF abuse: not over yet …

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UQ election called off amid bitter irregularity dispute

The University of Queensland’s student union was set to turn leftwards for the first time in years, but amid electoral regularities the vote has been declared null and void.

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UQ student leaders condemn “Fresh” union as administration swoops

Prominent student leaders at the University of Queensland have backed an inquiry to uncover skulduggery during this week’s union elections.

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‘Democracy lives’ at UQ, but union president playing games

The University of Queensland student union president refuses to answer questions on why his ruling “Fresh” party secretly registered the name of a rival group and then installed his brother as a candidate for next week’s elections.

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Education: carbon tax could hit Australia’s universities

Australian universities are preparing for steep increases in electricity and gas costs under a carbon tax. Universities say the tax could add millions to electricity bills across the nation. Bond University student Michael Dwyer reports.

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How medical, nursing unions are blocking rural health solution

In a few months, the University of Queensland will graduate the country’s first crop of home-grown physician assistants, but it is far from clear whether they will find jobs.

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Tips and rumours: No friends for Brumby?

While lunching at the European, an upmarket eatery across the road from the Victorian Parliament, I found myself sitting at a table immediately behind a gaggle of state Labor pollies. Were they talking about booting Brumby?

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Sport? What about student rights?

Student unions do not exist purely to insure sporting teams and fund clubs and societies, writes Eleri Harris.

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Crikey scoop: Queensland Uni succumbs to drug company pressure

Senior academics are outraged that the University of Queensland has asked an academic to apologise to a drug company, reports Melissa Sweet.

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State of the planet

Native trees key to cooling climate … No more fun on the Autobahn? … Ozone set to harm world vegetation and economy … Benn announces ‘stronger’ climate change bill … Avoided deforestation beats timber and palm oil …

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John Quiggin: The risk society, part four

In the fourth part of a serialised paper first published by the Centre for Policy Development, University of Queensland economist John Quiggin writes that an improved understanding of risk can contribute to the development of a modernised social democratic model.

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John Quiggin: The Risk Society, part three

In the third part of a serialised paper first published by the Centre for Policy Development, University of Queensland economist John Quiggin writes that an improved understanding of risk can contribute to the development of a modernised social democratic model.

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John Quiggin: The risk society, part one

Risk” may be a central idea of the early 21st century, just as “globalisation” was the dominant idea of the 1990s. The fact that individuals and families are vulnerable to a wide range of social, economic and other risks - and that collective action is needed to help reduce and manage these risks - has long been an important theme in social-democratic thinking.

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Tips and rumours

You need to ask why Defence planning for the NT was occurring six months BEFORE the announcement and WAY before the kids report. Nothing to do with the report! John Hay’s term as Vice Chancellor of University of Queensland finishes at the end of this year. The gossip is that Peter Shergold is being considered as […]

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