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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A Tip From Cromwell College

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.

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