Finally, The University of Queensland Makes An Official Report on The Situation. Not Good Enough, UQ.

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.

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The New PULSE Has Connections with FRESH Candidates

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.

 

 

 

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More Propaganda from FRESH

I don’t know if everyone has seen these flyers, but it is quite obvious they are either a candidate for or personally aligned with FRESH. The information about PULSE is entirely untrue. PULSE actually formed an alliance with the three other lefty tickets to make a stand against the arguably corrupt UQU, we are not separated but united.

It was great for me to see a random unidentified student walk past the FRESH stall area and knock down all three FRESH campaign boards in an act of protest. It was also interesting to hear the FRESH campaigners afterwards exclaim how PULSE was being ‘so dishonest and violent’ about the situation, despite the fact that the unidentified student was unaffiliated with PULSE in any way as far as any surrounding PULSE former candidates were aware.

There was also a picture taken of a PULSE affiliate standing on the fallen campaign board, sticking a notice of disqualification on to the tree behind it. I would like to put a warning out to all people campaigning for democracy; do not take this too far. There’s no need for unruly behaviour, we have the power of the truth behind us and soon the media. Keep it calm, keep it casj. We don’t want our behaviour to undermine our message.

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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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Published News Articles on The Issue

Articles ordered from most to least recent.

Fresh UQ poll claims

by Cayla Dengate in the Brisbane MX

University of Queensland Union removes all but liberals from ballot

by Jess O’Callaghan on the blog Farrago

Opposition candidates withdraw from University of Queensland student union election after incumbent party changes rules

by Brooke Baskin on news.com.au

Allegations fly over Brisbane university election

by Marissa Calligeros on brisbanetimes.com.au

Bringing democracy to the University of Queensland Union

by Ronan Lee on their blog

University of Queensland students rebel over ‘corrupt’ election

by Andrew Crook on Crikey Mobile

Young LNP allegedly rorting UQ

by Andrew Crook from the Daily Sunshine Coast Daily

Don’t forget to like the Democracy 4 UQU Facebook site, and #sneakyUQU on Twitter.

Don’t know what’s gone on? Check out my summary.

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An Insider’s Summary on What Has Happened

I am aware that there has been a lot of chatter today regarding the student election debacle and the disqualification of all tickets bar FRESH. I was running as the VP Gender and Sexuality for PULSE, nominated by the Women’s Collective as their representative. Those of you that don’t know the situation, here comes the answer to your questions.

Last year, the rules regarding nominations (the time a ticket registers their name and members) were that there must be 10 signatures present from the previous year’s ticket members to register the ticket. On Friday 10th, the Student Council (made up of a FRESH majority) passed a secret change that later revealed itself to mean all other tickets were to be given very little notification of the elections and had minimal time to prepare, print t-shirts and flyers etc. These changes also removed the requirement of the 10 signatures to register a ticket name. The name ‘PULSE’ and presumably other previously used opposing ticket names were registered before legitimate members were aware of the rule change, or even the elections for that matter. Hence, the PULSE ticket was disqualified from participation in the elections.

As a result of this, I lost my position as VP Gender and Sexuality under the PULSE ticket, as did every one of my affiliates. I was cast as an ‘Independent’, which means myself or any other PULSE candidate would not appear on the ballot paper. Also, I do not know exact figures, but last year Independents received only approximately 50 votes out of an approximate total of 12, 000. As an obvious choice for our ticket as a whole, the candidates voted to withdraw from election. This enables us to stand as unified, unaffiliated group of students concerned for the State of our Union, and attempts to prevent any accusation that we are outraged purely because we are the opposition.

Technically it would have been possible to re-register another name, but it would have meant my affiliates would have had to pull together an entire campaign, including printed t-shirts, flyers, and strategy between last Friday and today, a feat which would have rendered us unable to counter FRESH’s prepared and well financed campaign even if possible.

We do not know who registered the name of PULSE. While the FRESH Presidential candidate, Rohan Watt, tried to convince me it was due to a division within our own ticket (despite all 3 previously free standing ‘left’ tickets were planning to unite together for this particular election for our united concerns for the Union – this is not the first sign of corruption at UQU by any means), he seemed to know a lot of information about how the fake PULSE was put forward.

Where to from here? Like the page below if you haven’t already, and be prepared to take action.

http://www.facebook.com/democracy4UQU

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A New ‘Election’, A FRESH Dose of Irony

“I would never use Union money to pay for my own political agenda,” attested FRESH Presidential candidate, Rohan Watt.

Well. Let’s talk about that of a moment, shall we? Isn’t he a member of the ticket that has used Union money to give out free sausage sizzles under a tent clearly branding his ticket name? Isn’t he a member of the same ticket that just three weeks prior hosted a UQU day engineered purely to promote the FRESH entity, issuing free t-shirts and temporary tattoos branding his ticket name? So where did that money come from, eh?

Irony is dripping off the ballot paper for this year’s UQ student elections. Liberals running a union? I thought those right-wingers wanted to liquidize unionism? FRESH want’s to win an election so badly, they feel they have to subject themselves to dirty, corrupt behaviours to achieve it? FRESH constantly claims it is the only party for the ‘everyday student’, but how come I haven’t seen FRESH represent students in issues that really matter, such as the Arts scenario? What’s happening with the CSG research center? Why can’t I access the Union Constituion and Regulations whenever I want to? How come there is no mechanism for student complains? How come you haven’t been calling my Women’s Collective meetings like you’re supposed to? It sounds like a particular ticket knows that if they played the game morally, they probably wouldn’t achieve office. They have become so corrupt in the process, they are attracting a lot of negative attention to themselves, which may as well be (fingers crossed) their electoral downfall.

I have just had, put simply, the best and worst conversation of my life with Rohan Watt, the FRESH Presidential candidate. Not only were the five members campaigning looking disheveled and withdrawn, but I had a couple of people scream out to me, “don’t vote for FRESH! They’re bastards!’. The general lack of adequate explanation on the current situation was the first thing that got me. FRESH appear to be claiming PULSE was registered three times (how would they know this information?) because of a split among our own party. I feel Watt is playing on people’s ignorance. He was using the words ‘Marxist’ and ‘socialist’ a lot, obviously counting on their negative connotations to draw gravity onto his ‘arguments’. He also is assuming people are not aware these groups actually banded together to combat FRESH. Where un-united in how skewed to the left they were in politics, three political tickets united under the one flag (supposed to be under ‘PULSE’) to combat the corruption (even before this incident occurred) in and of FRESH.

What amused me is that Watt genuinely appeared worried when he looked over to where the PULSE tent usually stands. I think he realised the stupidity of the decision, if in fact the decision was his. It is possible whoever did put the PULSE ticket name nomination in did not consider this controversy. We can only hope we have split the bag wide enough to spill the beans on the laps of the students to whom the FRESH party has controlled for five years. Besides, everyone needs something interesting to talk about at this time of semester. Why not have a political outrage? Maybe FRESH really did have the ‘everyday students’ in mind, after all!

What didn’t amuse me so much was how one of the Officers (the first FRESH person I talked to) was trying to bag out PULSE by referring to one of it’s candidates as ‘that little fat one’. Not impressed, FRESH. Not impressed. How unprofessional of you to label your opposition in that way. It’s almost as if you don’t have anything on your opposition ideologically, so you go for the appearance. Well doesn’t that just degrade your argument tenfold. As if I was expecting any different from you, anyway.

Nothing entertained me more than playing the role of the loud mouthed college student (I was wearing appropriate merchandise) and screaming the word ‘FUCK’ several times at Watt’s face, while I can only assume appearing as if it wasn’t directed at him. He was giving me weird look though… he may have been skeptical of my true affiliation. I felt obliged to confuse him further by telling him I had to catch my bus. While wearing a Duchesne College shirt. I could be Charlie Sheen with how much I felt I was Winning.

All in all, for someone who actually knew the situation, I can say in all honesty: I, a former VP Gender and Sexuality, knew more about what was going on that Watt, Presidential Candidate for FRESH. It wasn’t even that you didn’t know about what PULSE was planning on doing. It was that you didn’t actually know what you were campaigning.
Stay posted for my spiel on the FRESH Flyers.

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