Speaker biographies

Dr Robert Boncardo is a casual tutor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, a member of the USYD Casuals Network, and an NTEU Branch Committee member.

Associate Professor Jason De Santolo (Garrwa & Barunggam) is Associate Professor of Indigenous Research in the School of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Professor Devleena Ghosh is in the Social Inquiry program in the Faculty of Communication and the Director of the Indian Ocean and South Asia Research Network at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ms Annette Herrera is the co-convenor of the Melbourne University Casuals Network and Acting Vice President of Professional Staff at the NTEU Melbourne University branch. During this time she has worked to grow union power by starting the casuals network and delegates network in order to build a strong organising member base. This has helped make UniMelb the fastest growing and largest branch in the country. She helped kickstart the wage theft campaign and the successful ‘vote no’ campaign, and is currently campaigning to save jobs and call for financial accountability at UniMelb. Before finding her passion for unions, ¬†Annette participated in political and community campaigns to stand against racism and fight for climate justice. Annette moved to Naarm in 2015 and completed her postgrad studies in International Relations and Social Policy at UniMelb. She currently works in Research Strategy.

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Polly Bennett is a casual academic who has worked across the university and community sectors for 22 years. They are a critical sociologist who is interested in what contributes to emancipatory praxis. They are one of the casual coordinators at RMIT and an active member of CUPUW. Polly has also been an activist for social justice for most of their adult life.

Louise Walker has worked in various universities since 1996, both in academic and professional staff roles. She has a First Class Honours degree in History from Monash University. She is a life-long unionist and community activist.