Are you a retiring teacher?
The Retired Teachers Association offers regular social outings to exhibitions, places of interest and lunches as well as providing a forum for continuing support of public education. Why not join us? Contact Federation for all the details.
Ron Denham reported on the last meeting of the Combined Retired Union Members Association (CRUMA). There is an impending eviction of 5000 residents from the Waterloo public housing estate. This is due to a planned redevelopment of the area and also to allow access for the Metro Link. CRUMA is also approaching the ACTU to secure green bans on the Sydney GPO building following its recent sale.
Ian Massingham reported from the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINet) meeting that there are currently 10 trade negotiations taking place. There has not been much publicity about these agreements and the Federal Government should be more transparent.
Support for union resources
The August meeting of the Sydney RTA unanimously supported the continuing production and publication of the Why you need a Union booklet. This booklet is an important resource for highlighting the work that unions do and their accomplishments over recent decades. The RTA has made a donation to ensure that the booklet can be available to an even wider audience.
Visit to the Archibald Prize exhibition
A large group of RTA members viewed the exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW on 15 August. We were fortunate to have an expert guide who explained the background to many of the finalists’ portraits. It was mind-boggling just how many different techniques and media were used by the highlighted artists in their work.
Enid Hokin proposed a motion that highlighted the changing nature of NAPLAN tests and how they have now become entrenched as political markers for national literacy and numeracy standards rather than their original purpose as a diagnostic tool for individual students. Educational authorities should remember this and use NAPLAN in the way it was intended.
Great speakers feature at our monthly meetings
RTA monthly meetings regularly feature guest speakers who address members on topics of interest.
During our July meeting, Judith Daly, from Dying with Dignity (DWD NSW), spoke about the organisation and what is happening in Australia with regard to voluntary assisted dying.
The NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill is about to be tabled in the Upper House and DWD NSW is optimistic that it will be passed. Judith also emphasised the need for individuals to have advanced care plans and to nominate medical guardians.
In August, Chris Campbell gave a comprehensive overview of The Big Issue, particularly in terms of why the magazine exists and how it supports the disadvantaged in our community.
At present, there are some 650 vendors in Australia with 100 located in NSW. On average, a vendor will sell 75 magazines per fortnight.
In addition, The Big Issue facilitates other programs for disadvantaged people (Homes for Homes, Community Street Soccer and the Women’s Subscription Enterprise) as well as planning and delivering awareness-raising sessions for school students.
On Monday 9 October 2017, there will be a tour of the Gladesville Hospital Cochlear Implant Centre.
Our next meeting at Federation House is on Friday, 13 October, 2017, commencing with lunch at 12.15pm, followed by a guest speaker at 1pm and concluding with a general meeting starting at 2pm.
Paul Regan is the Administrative Secretary of NSW Retired Teachers Association