As this edition of IE goes to print, we give a fond farewell to one of the journal’s Executive Editors as she embarks on an exciting new adventure, retirement.

Deb James, the esteemed and formidable General Secretary of the IEU VicTas Branch and President of the Victorian Trades Hall Council is retiring after 33 years in state and federal IEU leadership roles.

To honour Deb’s monumental contribution to the IEU and the broader union movement, journalist Will Brodie recounts her remarkable career journey, including the highlights and challenges on the path to leadership, through a special InFocus profile.

Elsewhere in this edition, we speak to an academic whose area of expertise is the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on teaching and learning .

Members know the proliferation of AI in schools and workplaces has implications for workload, academic integrity and job security, but what about its effect on gender equity?

For the A Day in the Life segment, Dubbo-based IEU member and Aboriginal Education Worker Tracey Rapley shares what a typical day at work for her looks like and why she loves her role .

Queensland-based teacher member and IEU Wellbeing Chapter Representative Bec Webster discusses why wellbeing is vital and how new resources mapped to the curriculum will benefit staff and students throughout Australia.

We answer all your questions about the upcoming referendum on a First Nations Voice to Parliament and discuss why the union movement and IEU members are supporting a YES vote as the next step towards meaningful reconciliation (p22).

We hope you find this edition of IE informative and, again, would like to say an emphatic thank you to Deb James for her outstanding contribution to our union over many years.