I have previously gone through the battle waged in Victoria against a government that was very damaging to education: http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/462500.aspx I have also given some examples of speaking out against that government despite an official ban on teachers speaking out: http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/464618.aspx That party is now back in power and will make education worse again. It won?t do it with the drama and chaos of last time, but it will do it. It is now backing away from its promise to make Victorian teachers the best paid in the country. However, teachers here are not intimidated into silence. Here are some recent examples, of named teachers (including a principal) speaking up against their employer, the government - though not on the pay issue: My point is that teachers should refuse to be silenced when under attack and when the children they teach are under attack. They should treat any demands by their employers for silence with contempt. I know I make this point form the safety of Australia and that I will not suffer any consequences if a teacher in Scotland speaks out against his or her employer on my advice, but we faced the same pressure here. We just didn?t give in.