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Monday, 20 August 2012

EDWARDS AND ALLAN CALL FOR RETHINK ON LATROBE COURSE AND STAFF CUTS

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards joined with Jacinta Allan, the Member for Bendigo East (both BA Hons graduates from LaTrobe Bendigo) to express their deep concern over announcements by LaTrobe University of course and staff cuts.

“Jacinta and I have both written to the University’s Executive Dean to express our dismay about these announcements and to request that the University reconsider the decisions to end the politics stream at the Bendigo Campus and that they retain their staff”, Ms Edwards said.

Ms Allan said we have very talented and experienced politics lecturers at the Bendigo Campus, who have a broad knowledge of local politics as well as State and Federal politics. The role they have played in providing commentary and research on local issues has been not only important for the University, but also for regional development”.

“If LaTrobe University is serious about adopting a new and stronger role for the Bendigo campus, then it follows that the Humanities and Social Sciences are a critical part of delivering on this promise, for the region and for the future of the campus”, Ms Edwards said.

“I would not have been able to pursue a career in politics and would not have had the opportunity to become the Member for Bendigo West if I had not had the chance to study politics at the Bendigo campus”, Ms Edwards said.

Ms Allan and Ms Edwards urged the University to reconsider their decision and retain a viable BA course inclusive of politics at the Bendigo campus and to also reconsider the decision to reduce staff in the Humanities and Social Science Faculty.

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