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    Trump may replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who has opposed wholesale privatization

    As the tension surrounding Trump administration firings intensifies, speculation is rife that Trump may replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who has opposed wholesale privatization of the $198.6 billion department, with Fox-TV talk show personality Peter Hegseth. Hegseth, a veteran right winger with close ties to right wing groups, was passed over in 2017 in favor of Shulkin because of his inexperience at running such a large organization. The VA has almost 400,000 public employees, many represented by The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

    Source: inthesetimes.com

    The battle over the plans to bring a “market based model” to public vocational education provider TAFE

    The battle over the New South Wales government’s plans to bring a “market based model” to public vocational education provider TAFE intensifies. The Public Service Association reports that “a NSW Upper House committee report on TAFE shows the dismantling of an old funding set-up, in favour of a market-based model, is favoured by ideologues on Macquarie Street.”

    Source: psa.asn.au

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