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Posted: 3 August 2001
Bulletin No.9 The Public Education Convention is just a few weeks away. It will be a chance for over 10,000 supporters of public education to hear from the leaders of the Federal political parties about their policies for public education and for them to hear from us. The Convention is your chance to publicly demonstrate your support for the public education system and to help convince Federal political parties that it needs to be properly funded by any future Australian Government.
Posted: 31 July 2001
The first meeting of the Federation Special Education Restricted Committee took place over 14-15 June 2001. The meeting was very busy and successful. Members of the Committee are: - Robert Deacon (Chair) Lawrence Hargraves SSP Ellenor Wadsworth Casino PS
Posted: 6 July 2001
By Phil Bradley Assistant General Secretary -Post Schools Welcome to the TAFE Hotline. This message was recorded at 1.00 pm on 6th July and concerns proposed WorkCover changes, important Award and other matters. Workers Compensation Changes
Posted: 27 June 2001
  By Wayne Patterson Over 60 teachers, parents and community leaders attended a Public Education Forum held in Orange on Monday. Bev Baker, President of the Federation of P&Cs and NSW Teachers Federation President, Sue Simpson, addressed the meeting. Murray Patterson, principal of Molong Central School spoke on behalf of the Orange District Secondary Principal's Council.
Posted: 27 June 2001
By Wayne Patterson Over 60 teachers, parents and community leaders attended a Public Education Forum held in Orange on Monday. Bev Baker, President of the Federation of P&Cs and NSW Teachers Federation President, Sue Simpson, addressed the meeting. Murray Patterson, principal of Molong Central School spoke on behalf of the Orange District Secondary Principal's Council.
Posted: 26 June 2001
BULLETIN 6- 26 June 2001 Media reports that the concerns over the Workers Compensation Amendment Bill were resolved yesterday are wrong. The meeting of the State Labor Advisory Council (SLAC) did result in some minor improvements to the Bill but significant differences remain. The major issues affecting teachers remain. (a) The Workers Compensation Commission will replace the Workers Compensation Court. It is not independent, sets limits on appeal processes and has to consider workers' claims on a cost basis.
Posted: 25 June 2001
Bulletin sent to all Federation Representatives on 22 June, 2001 The "Vinson" Inquiry Federation thanks everyone who attended the launch of the Independent Inquiry into the Provision of Public Education in NSW. The Inquiry was well-received by the community and the media. Even the Minister publicly declared an intention to cooperate with the Inquiry.
Posted: 22 June 2001
  Bulletin 5 -- 22 June, 2001  The Labor Council of New South Wales and affiliated unions have endorsed a state-wide Sky Channel meeting for Wednesday morning, 27 June 2001. The meeting will be broadcast from 9.00am to 9.40am. Details of venues are still being finalised and will be forwarded to you by fax on Monday, 25 June 2001. This action has unanimous support of all New South Wales unions.
Posted: 20 June 2001
To Federation Representatives Bulletin 4 -- 19 June, 2001 Government Reneges on Workers Compensation After negotiations with the Government unions affiliated with the Labor Council of NSW resolved unanimously to put forward a framework for resolution of the dispute. Minister Della Bosca on 21 May wrote to the Labor Council indicating "that after discussions with the Premier and other colleagues, the framework outlined is acceptable."
Posted: 19 June 2001
By Labor Council of NSW The NSW Labor Council's Workers Compensation Committee today announced the following industrial response to the Carr Government's proposal to introduce amendments to the workers compensation scheme into State Parliament this week. * A peaceful picket of State Parliament which all staff and MPs will be asked to observe. Media with offices in the building will be exempted.
Posted: 5 June 2001
By Wayne Patterson Country Organiser Teachers from across the state met in Sydney on 2 June to discuss the Ramsey report, 'Quality Matters.' The report goes well beyond questions relating to teacher education and has important implications for those currently teaching in schools.
Posted: 28 May 2001
  This message contains information about the candlelight vigil and the launch of the Independent Review into the Organisation of Public Education Thank you for phoning the schools hotline. This message was recorded at 12.50pm on Monday 28 May 2001. It is about upcoming major events in the Federation's Public Education Campaign.
Posted: 23 May 2001
The progress of negotiations was reported to affiliates at an all unions meeting of the Labor Council on 17 May. Federation Council on 12 May condemned the Government for its attempt to undermine the rights of workers. It identified key areas of concern for teachers by establishing an administrative system which would:
Posted: 18 May 2001
  Teachers and parents will support and facilitate an Independent Review into the Organisation of Public Education. The review panel will tour the state holding hearings and taking submissions. The review will be launched statewide at: 9.00am Wednesday 13 June 2001
Posted: 18 May 2001
This is the first Small Schools Newsletter for 2001. The Small School's Committee operates within the Federation to improve the conditions for teachers and children in small schools throughout NSW. All teachers in small schools are encouraged to contact the Committee (at NSW Teacher's Federation, Locked Bag 3010, Darlinghurst 1300 or by fax on 02 9217 2470), if there are matters you believe need to be addressed. The members of the Committee at present are: *John Hetherington, Wirrimah Public School Tel:63839214 Fax:63839264
Posted: 12 May 2001
By Phil Bradley Assistant General Secretary - Post schools unit Federation is still negotiating with DET regarding implementation of the Annual Review provisions in the new Award (Clause 6).
Posted: 1 May 2001
A fax message has been sent to TAFE Fed Reps concerning workers compensation and other matters.
Posted: 20 April 2001
By John Dixon Teachers are specifically affected by the government's changes to workers compensation. The proposed loss of access to benefits related to stress and psychological injuries make up a significant proportion of workers compensation claims the Federation takes up on behalf of its members.
Posted: 5 April 2001
The Government tabled the 'Workers Compensation Amendment Legislation Bill' on Thursday 29 March. Compensation Slashed Under the bill, proposed by John Della Bosca, Minister for Industrial Relations, it is much harder to receive compensation for pain and suffering or to take action against a negligent employer.
Posted: 2 April 2001
By Wayne Patterson Country Organiser Members are urged to write to their local state MPs and the Teacher Housing Authority seeking a reversal of the decision by the THA to discontinue the provision of furniture in THA units. The decision to discontinue the provision of furniture has implications for both individual members and the staffing of country schools.
Posted: 26 March 2001
Public Education Campaign Bulletin Number 6 - 23 March 2001 This bulletin has been faxed to schools and TAFE colleges. The day was a great success. The Federation thanks teachers, parents, members of the community and students at schools and colleges throughout NSW for their great contribution in celebrating Public Education Day.
Posted: 10 March 2001
Reports indicate that activities planned by schools and colleges for Public Education Day on 15 March are many and varied. Activities on 15 March 2001 Newcastle High School has invited the community and prominent ex students to visit the school. ABC radio will be doing an outside broadcast from the school during the day. Mudgee Public School is holding an Open Day and the theme is Green. Students will dress in green, the canteen will host a green day and K-2 will host the annual grandparents and senior citizens concert.
Posted: 6 March 2001
Colleges and schools throughout NSW are preparing for Public Education Day on 15 March. The Managing Director Dr. Boston has asked Institute Directors, managers and school principals to assist in the day's activities and to positively promote public education. (Fed Reps are asked to please distribute this bulletin to Institute Managers in their Branch) Managing Director of TAFE NSW Dr. Ken Boston Urges Support
Posted: 1 March 2001
Schools and Colleges throughout NSW are getting behind Public Education Day on 15 March. A variety of activities are being planned to celebrate the excellent work being undertaken by students and teachers in our great system. For Schools and Colleges
Posted: 23 February 2001
This message concerns Award matters, Public Education Day, the TAFE Campaign, Seaforth TAFE, Senior Head Teacher Salary Maintenance and Child Protection Training. Welcome to the TAFE Hotline. The new Award took effect from 1 January 2001. Faxes were sent to all TAFE Fed Reps on 13 December and 25 January outlining some of the changes such as follows:

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