This is an interview with Graeme Orr. May I summarize some points in case you missed them.
- FRESH ruled in 2010 to remove a university representative from the tribunal
- Why? My only guess is so there is no one with influence at the university to report any misconduct
- The Electoral Tribunal works directly from the Constitution and Regulations. If the rules are rigged, the Electoral Tribunal has no power.
- The Electoral Tribunal has no power to contend morality of decisions.
This news article distributed by the University of Queensland itself claims to rectify its policies to ensure transparency. Yes, the University claims to publish the UQ Constitution and Regulations on the UQU website, but does not specify whether these documents will be up-to-date. They may offer ‘evidence of any recent changes to these’, but they will not specify exactly which parts of the Constitution or Regulations have been altered and/or in what way. The report also claims that ‘UQU Annual Reports, including financial summaries’ will exist, but UQ does not specify whether these will be complete and correct when they are released!
At least we can be thankful for the promise of an ‘appropriate, publicised UQU general complaints and appeals procedure is in operation’. However, it leaves me wondering; how come this kind of procedure was not in place before now? If an engineer builds a bridge, she doesn’t wait for it to collapse before she assesses the issues with its construction.
This report also claims there to be an Electoral Tribunal hearing tomorrow (Thursday 23rd August). I know I’m excited to hear the proceedings.
If the University was really intending to pull the Union together, it would not be making these loose claims that could easily be manipulated – just to get us exactly where we were before this incident occurred. I’m looking for a total analysis of the Constitution and Regulations. I want all systems of the UQ Union to be audited and validated. I want there to be absolutely no room for misconduct whatsoever in future elections or any other Union associated activity. These claims from the University offer security in none of these points, and its students deserve more.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH, UQ.
Posted in Politics, Student Politics
- Tagged democracy, democracy 4 uqu, eletoral tribunal, FRESH, not good enough, PULSE, rally, report, situation, students, Union, University of Queensland, UQ, UQU
In the past few days there have been a lot of comments posted on our wall regarding the current student elections and we would like to take this chance to clarify a couple of things and remind you why UQU is here and what we aim to provide for all UQ students.
Firstly, we would like to make it clear that UQU is an entirely separate entity to FRESH. The only connection being that the current student executive is made up of FRESH representatives, as FRESH was the winning ticket in the 2011 election. An independent returning officer is brought in to manage the elections each year and UQU has no role in the process.
The only agenda UQU has is ensuring that the university experience for UQ students is an amazing one. We focus heavily on the commercial operations of the organisation to ensure that the Union is sustainable long term and can continue to provide the services, activities and events that we do. We employ nearly 300 professional staff who work hard to guarantee that the UQ student experience is one of the best university experiences available.
UQU does not rely on student contributions to maintain the services we provide and as a UQ student you are automatically a member of UQU with full access to all of our services, a point we pride ourselves on as the vast majority of Student Guilds/Unions/Associations around Australia require members to pay an annual membership fee.
We ask that all students take on board the information that we have provided here and keep in mind that UQU staff have no part to play in the student elections and should be treated with respect at all times, as they are simply trying to improve your time at university.
This was received via the UQ Union Facebook page.
I received a tip today and I decided to post it so people are aware of a) the thinking of FRESH-minded people b) some of the rumours that are going around, usually based on ignorance or incorrect facts.
A text was sent to me written by a source from Cromwell College (the college a variety of the fakePULSE candidates attend):
They [fakePULSE kids from Cromwell] are not related at all with fresh. Also what fresh hasn’t been saying is that pulse/change have done very similar tactics in the past. That exec [executive] just wanted to stay power so they [could] get paid. The union exec get paid alot. E.g. vice pres gets paid $36k a year. Unlike change exec, fresh exec gave most of it back to the union… So many flaws. In the change campaign. Also I know some of the change people doing all this and they are unreliable & creeps
- The word ‘creeps’ (and others like ‘progressive’, ‘Marxist’, ‘socialist’) seems to be used here and elsewhere to undermine the opposition. It seems as if this is used when the individual is desperate to convince someone of their argument, as they probably know their argument hasn’t been the best.
- The fact that this person believes that the ‘change people [are] doing all this’ is upsetting. The original PULSE team is now unaffiliated with any political ticket or agenda. They withdrew from election so they could stand against the corruption in the union without having this ‘the other side’ ideology.
- ‘Unlike change exec, fresh exec gave most of it back to the union’. I have never seen any evidence of this (for either argument) and I don’t think I will… because I don’t think this is true in the slightest. If FRESH are so trustworthy with money, why aren’t they telling us about how they spend the $16 million union budget?
- Vice President gets paid $36k a year? I though it was $30k. A minor error, but it leads me to suggest other factual flaws elsewhere in their argument.
All in all, I would like everyone to question all information they receive over the ‘election’ period, even if it’s coming from your side of the fence. Lots of rumours are going around as is lots and lots of confusion. Accept the fact that some or most of the things you are hearing are not true and use your common sense to make judgements.
Posted in Politics, Student Politics
- Tagged Cromwell, democracy 4 uqu, democracy student, elections, protest, PULSE< FRESH, rally, students, University of Queensland, UQ, UQU
Check out these words from Robert Kelly.
Hi guys, my name’s Robert Kelly and I WAS running for the Vice President of the well known Pulse party. However, as many of you already know, we were disqualified from running under the name ‘Pulse’ as another party had already registered under this name. What you don’t know is that the President running for this fake Pulse party is Zac ‘Dexter’ Draheim – who is Colin Finke’s best friend from Cromwell College. Ben ‘Husky’ Durance is running as Secretary of the party, and is also a close friend of Colin’s, and the rest of the executive positions in this fake party are Cromwell College residents. No doubt Fresh will remove these boys from these positions after this post goes out and replace them with new ones, but please do not be fooled as they will only be replaced by other secret Fresh supporters. Party nominations have now closed, so when you see ‘Pulse’ on the ballot sheet, just know that it is a fake Pulse and if you tick that box, or any other box that appears on the ballot sheet, you are in reality, supporting Fresh.
Here is an image of the notice on the UQU Notice boards for evidence. Zach Daheim is actually listed under ‘Union Newspaper’ for PULSE, not President.
P.S. How confident are you in the competance of our Returning Officer that she misspells ‘candidate’ on this public document?
Here’s another document drawn from a good old Facebook stalk, if you can read it.
Posted in Politics, Student Politics
- Tagged Ben Durance, COling Finke, democracy, democracy 4 uqu, election, FIinke, FRESH, PULSE, uni, Union, University of Queensland, UQ, UQU, Zac Draheim