Diane Zetlin discusses her early life and education, and her progression from high school straight on to the University of Queensland.
|University of Queensland|
Diane Zetlin describes her initial impressions and experiences of the University of Queensland, and discusses the conversion from conservatism to radicalism that the university campus and student body underwent during the 1960s.
|student activism, University of Queensland, Vietnam War|
Diane Zetlin discusses her involvement in social issues and social action groups during her time at university. In particular, she speaks about the Foco Club, which operated between 1968 and 1969.
|Foco Club, Society for Democratic Action, student activism, University of Queensland|
Diane Zetlin reflects on the weakness of the Labor movement during the 1960s, and discusses the reaction to this within the more left-leaning factions of the Labor movement.
|Alan Anderson, Alex Macdonald, Arthur Calwell, Barbara Bacon, Brian Laver, Communism, Foco Club, Larry Zetlin|
Diane Zetlin discusses the decline of organisations such as the Eureka Youth League and the decline of Communism in Queensland in relation to the radicalism of students during the 1960s.
|Alan Anderson, Communism, Eureka Youth League, student activism|
Diane Zetlin describes the problems she encountered when dealing with trade unions as a more radical member of the Labor movement.
|Foco Club, Jack Egerton|
Diane Zetlin discusses the interactions between the Trades and Labor Council and the student Labor movement. She speaks briefly about the end of the Foco Club.
|Don Cameron, Foco Club, Trades and Labor Council|
Diane Zetlin discusses travelling overseas, starting in 1969, and describes the similarities and differences in the radical movements occurring in Britain and America.
|Alan Anderson, Alex Macdonald, Dave Nadel, Larry Zetlin, unions, Vietnam War|
Diane Zetlin describes the different environment she came back to when she returned to Australia in 1971. The changes were particularly in the relationship between trade unions and students.
|ABC, student activism, unions|
Diane Zetlin discusses finishing her Bachelor of Arts with Honours and getting her first academic job at the University of Queensland in 1976. She speaks about joining the Federated Australian University Staff Association (FAUSA), and becoming a union official. She became President, and later, in 1986 General Secretary.
|Dawkins reforms, Denis Murphy, FAUSA, Hawke Government, HECS, NTEU, Roger Scott, union positions, universities, University of Queensland, women|
Diane Zetlin speaks about the amalgamation of two organisations to form the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) in the late 1980s, and the issues associated with the union becoming affiliated with the ACTU.
|ACTU, Dawkins reforms, education reform, FAUSA, Hawke Government, NTEU, union amalgamation|
Diane Zetlin discusses the amalgamation of universities and the Colleges of Advanced Education, and the anxiety over this within FAUSA and the general university atmosphere.
|Dawkins reforms, FAUSA, universities|
Diane Zetlin discusses the creation of the NTEU in 1993, and her presidency of the new union.
|Graham McCullough, NTEU, union positions|
|00:47:10||ACTU, NTEU, peak bodies|
Diane Zetlin describes the main challenges she faced as a union official within FAUSA and the NTEU.
|FAUSA, HECS, industrial disputes, NTEU|
Diane Zetlin talks about union membership and the strategies employed to gain more members in the NTEU. She discusses the question of whether or not to include general university staff in the NTEU.
|Federated Clerks Union, NTEU, Public Sector Union, union membership|
Diane Zetlin discusses education policy under both the Keating government and the Howard government.
|education reform, Howard Government 1996-2007, Keating Government|
Diane Zetlin reflects on the process of corporatisation in universities that has become common, from the early 1990s onwards.
|John Hay, Smart State, universities, University of Queensland|
Diane Zetlin discusses the role of women in unions, and particularly her own experience of discrimination and sexism as a woman in leadership in the NTEU.
|NTEU, sexism, sexual discrimination, unions, women|
Diane Zetlin describes her relationship with the Queensland branch of the Trades and Labor Council, and particularly with women's issues associated with the TLC.
|Emma Miller Awards, Trades and Labor Council, women, Working Women's Charter|
Diane Zetlin considers methods that could be employed to attract more women to unions, and keep them involved.
|union membership, women|
Diane Zetlin reflects on communism in the 1960s, and communism within the Trades and Labor Council.
|Communism, student activism, Trades and Labor Council|
Diane Zetlin states that she has no regrets from her time as a union leader, and reflects on her greatest achievements, which include the award restructuring she oversaw, as well as her part in bringing universities into the wider dialogue of education and training.
|FAUSA, NTEU, universities|
Union official and academic Diane Zetlin has worked in an academic capacity at the University of Queensland since 1976, including as Lecturer in the School of Political Science. At the beginning of her career, Diane became involved with the Federated Australian University Staff Association (FAUSA), a precursor to the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). She became President of FAUSA, and was involved in the amalgamation of unions to form the NTEU, of which she later became General Secretary.
Diane Zetlin was born in Brisbane in the 1940s and raised in the Darling Downs and on the Gold Coast. She attended the Surfers Paradise State School and then the Southport State High School, and was one of only three people in her graduating class to continue on to university. Diane began a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland (UQ) in the early 1960s.
Although she had little to do with trade unions or politics growing up, Diane ensconced herself in politics at the UQ campus. When she first arrived she found the campus quite conservative and witnessed the change it made during the 1960s to become the home of radical students and student activism. Diane became involved with the Society for Democratic Action and the Foco Club. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Diane was appointed to her first academic position at UQ in 1976, and began her involvement with first FAUSA and later the NTEU.
In the course of her career as a union official, as President with FAUSA and as General Secretary with the NTEU, Diane worked to improve conditions for tertiary educators. The results have included the award restructuring in the 1980s, which ensured fairer wages, as well as the formation of the NTEU as a national body representing all tertiary educators.
Diane Zetlin’s career has spanned radical changes in political and social attitudes, and she has witnessed many of these changes first hand.
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