Precise Changes in the Regulations

Below has listed some changes between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ UQU Regulations. Document appraisal courtesy of Joshua Inglis.

Want access to the Regulations? Here are the new UQU Regulations pertaining to elections.

Summary of changes to the Election regulations, as released by Joshua Inglis:

tl;dr —> I would argue that In all cases, the changes favour the incumbents (those with pre-knowledge of the changes). All Preparation times have been significantly shortened, and pre-existing name protection removed.

If these changes were only released at the time of the calling of the election, then all candidates running against the incumbents were put at a significant disadvantage.

R94 Opening Of Nominations

94.1

OLD: nominations open on the Monday twenty (20) days before polling commences for the Annual Elections.

NEW: nominations open on the Monday ten (10) days before polling commences for the Annual Elections.

R95 Notice of Election

95.1

OLD: The Returning Officer must give notice of the Election at least five days before the opening of nominations by placing a notice on the Union Noticeboard.

NEW: The Returning Officer shall open nominations at the time of giving notice of the Election, which shall be by way of placing a notice on the Union Noticeboard.

R97 Form of Nomination

97.1

OLD: Nominations must be in the form of Schedule Five.

NEW: Nominations must be in the form of Schedule Twenty. Any nomination by way of Schedule Five shall be invalid.

97.2 a)

OLD: All nominations must be personally signed by the candidate, their nominator, and their seconder.

NEW: All nominations must be personally signed by the candidate, their nominator, and their two seconders.

97.3

OLD: The Returning Officer must make nomination forms available:

a) from Administration services

b) from the Union office at Ipswich Campus

c) from the Union office at Gatton Campus

d) from the primary non-St Lucia campus for medical students

e) from the Union’s Website

f) by mail or email if requested by an individual student.

At least 3 Academic Days before the opening of nominations

NEW: The Returning Officer must make nomination forms available:

a) from Administration Services;

b) by mail or email if requested by an individual student.

from the opening of nominations.

R98 Receipt of Nominations

98.2

OLD: The Returning Officer must give or send the student nominating:

a) an acknowledgement in the form of Schedule Six; and

b) a copy of this Part of the Regulations,

within six Academic Day of the close of nominations.

NEW: The Returning Officer must give or send the student nominating:

a) an acknowledgement in the form of Schedule Six; and

b) a copy of this Part of the Regulations,

within one Academic Day of the close of nominations.

98.3

OLD: If the nomination is rejected, the Returning Officer must notify the person concerned or have sent notification to the person by 5:00pm five Academic Days following the close of nominations.

NEW: If the nomination is rejected, the Returning Officer must notify the person concerned or have sent notification to the person by 9:00am one Academic Day following the close of nominations.

98.4

OLD: No decision of the Returning Officer to reject a nomination may be appealed to the Electoral Tribunal more than five Academic Days after the close of nominations.

NEW: No decision of the Returning Officer to reject a nomination may be appealed to the Electoral Tribunal more than two Academic Days after the close of nominations.

R100 Verification of Signatures and Eligibility to Stand

100.1

OLD: The Returning Officer must verify that each person standing as a candidate, or nominating or seconding a person to stand, is eligible to stand or nominate or second a person to stand.

a) for Annual Elections, no later than 5:00pm five Academic days after the day nominations close;

b) for By-elections, no later than 4:00pm one Academic Day after the day nominations close.

NEW: The Returning Officer must verify that each person standing as a candidate, or nominating or seconding a person to stand, is eligible to stand or nominate or second a person to stand.

a) for Annual Elections, no later than 5:00pm two days after the day nominations close;

b) for By-elections, no later than 4:00pm one Academic Day after the day nominations close.

103.1

OLD: For Annual Elections, the Returning Officer must, by 5:00pm eight Academic Days after the day nominations close, place on the Union Noticeboard a list of candidates in the order they will appear on the Ballot Paper.

NEW: For Annual Elections, the Returning Officer must, by 5:00pm five Academic Days after the day nominations close, place on the Union Noticeboard a list of candidates in the order they will appear on the Ballot Paper.

R105 Electoral Groups

This entire section has been heavily altered to the extent that doing a simple comparison becomes useless. But important changes will be highlighted.

105.4

OLD: Candidates cannot register the name of an Electoral Group that has been registered in the last ten years, without the written agreement of ten of the candidates who nominated as part of that group.

NEW: Removed

Added to NEW Regulations that did not exist in OLD Regulations:

105.14

The name of an Electoral Group must not include any words that are or are a substantial part of:

a) a registered trademark of the University;

b) the names of businesses at the University;

c) the names of any University College or reference to University Colleges in general; or

d) the names of the University’s faculties or schools.

105.15

The name of an Electoral Group must not:

a) be one that a reasonable person would think suggests that the Electoral Group can or cannot provide a good or service, or a thing by which a person may obtain a good of service, free of charge or at a significant discount;

b) be one that a reasonable person would think suggests that the Electoral Group can or cannot provide a means by which students do not have to pay, or incur a debt with respect to, some or all of the costs of attending the University;

c) be one that a reasonable person would think suggests that the Electoral Group supports or opposes a means by which students do not have to pay, or incur a debt with respect to, some or all of the costs of attending the University;

d) include the name, or an abbreviation, variation or derivative of the name, of another Electoral Group;

e) include a word that so nearly resembles the name, or an abbreviation, variation or derivative of the name, of another Electoral Group, that it is likely to be confused with or mistaken for that name;

f) be one that a reasonable person would think suggests that a connection or relationship exists between the Electoral Group and another Electoral Group, or between the Electoral Group and any of the items referred to in R105.14 or R118; or

g) include the word “independent” or “voucher”.

R136 Appeals Against Decisions of the Returning Officer

136.4

Where an appeal relates to the eligibility of a candidate, or an electoral ticket, the Electoral Tribunal must make a determination by no later than one Academic Day before the commencement of polling.

 
 
 
 
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