I had a minor car accident, I backed into my daughter’s parked car. It shocks me as I was utterly exhausted from work, and my attention elapsed — I have a reverse camera screen!
I decided I was too unwell to venture out.
People need to know this is the condition I am in as a poorly paid or unpaid scholar. If I do not have friends who are willing to speak up to authorities with power, I will be killed with this type of exhaustion.
That is a fact.
And I hope your kindness would extend to practical kindness.
And friends have been good to me, without a doubt.
Here is the story….
I have been heavily involved in a campaign to save my career as an independent researcher. I have been corresponding with the relevant QUT Faculty, across the Brisbane City Council, to the Premier, to the Minister of Education, and even to the Prime Minister.
The issues are like what charity organisations have been experiencing under cruel and reductive policies of government. Indeed, in my contracts with charity and community organisations, the cost I charge has been extremely low, under the professional rate, and that is how I want it to be. It is my own ethical commitment, knowing that these organisations could not afford to contract me to produce their history at professional rates.
As well, I am teaching across public gatherings engaged in public education unpaid.
It is a complex story, and I have added these documents to illuminate the problem which needs fixing:
18. Pre-Proposal Meeting 22 June 2018
What can be offered?
From my friends all I seek is support. Tell my story and ask whether such outlandish wrong should be addressed. If you believe you have something to say on the matter, the feedback box is below.