🌟Join Southbank’s Campaigns Sub-Committee🌟
Are you a Southbank student who’s passionate about causes? The Campaigns Sub-Committee is a great place to bring your ideas, address issues and form a community that can work together to affect real change. Last year we rallied to get fee relief for our Fine Arts and Music students, and this year we’re extending that mission. Come share what you’re passionate about pursuing this year!

👉 Fortnightly on Mondays from April 1st , 6pm
👉 Online and in person. (Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/84948201440?pwd=QVIzbXF3bm1vbUlXQXJZaWZzZmZ5QT09
Password: 081134)

👉 https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/communities/southbank/campaigns-sub-committee/

WHEN: 12PM, Friday May 21st
WHERE: South Lawn
Click ‘going’ to our event here!
School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas:
1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
Speakers list: TBA
We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

The Climate Emergency has accelerated under the pandemic, with floods and bushfires ravaging the east coast. Despite this, Scott Morrison and the Liberals plan to pour billions into new gas projects around the country, trampling over unceded Aboriginal land and locking in decades of disastrous carbon emissions.
We cannot rely on this government and the market to implement a fair and just transition to renewables. Two major renewables projects (the Port Augusta solar thermal plant in SA and the Portland wind turbine factory in Victoria) have fallen through because the government refused to fund them when private investors pulled out.
We need to stop the Climate Emergency with a Climate Powered Recovery. That means forcing the government to directly invest in building 100% renewable energy by 2030, with planned shutdowns of existing fossil fuel plants. If we are to make this target in time, public investment in a mass rollout is the only way.
Our new renewable energy system must be publicly owned and operated by unionised labour, to preserve jobs, conditions and cost of living. We must guarantee that no worker loses out as a result of this transition. We cannot have a repeat of the rushed transition at Hazelwood, which left hundreds of coal plant workers jobless and with no alternative work.
We must tax the rich to pay for the transition. Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, doubled her wealth to $29 billion under the pandemic. Scott Morrison has just committed $90 billion to a new fleet of attack submarines. This money should be poured into renewables, public transit and sustainability research.
First Nations voices and rights must be at the forefront of the just transition. There should be no new developments without permission from Traditional Owners, so that travesties like the destruction of Wiradjuri artefacts by solar company METKA EGN are not repeated. The Government must commit to funding Indigenous land management programmes. We stand with the Indigenous resistance to new fossil projects at Narrabri, Beetaloo and elsewhere.
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day. 

🧚‍♀️🥤UMSU Queer are hosting a Fairy Bread and Bubble Teas Fundraiser!🧚‍♀️🥤
🌈Come along to Union Lawn on Thurs 20 May to enjoy delicious study break treats of fairy bread and refreshing bubble teas!🌈 These treats will be raising money for a number of mental health organisations, including Switchboard Victoria, which is a not-for-profit organisation providing support & counselling services for LGBTIQA+ people, their families and communities.🌟
If you can’t make it in person and want to get involved, you can still donate online (https://www.givenow.com.au/switchedonforswitchboard)🤩
💥When: 20 May, 2-4pm
💥Where: Marquee at Union Lawn
💥Register: https://www.trybooking.com/BRFEC

Are you queer? Are you angry? Same here! We meet second week at 4pm to discuss ongoing campaigns for queer rights on campus, alternating in person and online. This event is autonomous, but we often run campaign organizing meetings and working bees where allies are more than welcome to attend, so follow our Facebook page below to stay up to date.

Zoom Link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/88664634256?pwd=dzlaYnFndEkvQTdlbSswTmYxWVdNdz09

For the best info, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UMSU-Queer-Political-Action-Collective-197750701059526

Guess what? Transphobia is still a thing! Unimelb still hasn’t publicly condemned recent transphobia at Unimelb, and still doesn’t see the issue with high-profile TERFs teaching “Feminism” courses. We’ll be at Old Arts (Arts West side) from 2:30pm.
We will be rallying at Old Arts at 2:30pm to demand that:
1. Unimelb stop promoting transphobia in our courses;
2. Unimelb condemn the transphobic website “noconflicttheysaid”;
3. Academic freedom – Yes! Hate speech – No!
Amy Bright (UMSU Queer Officer)
Senator Janet Rice (Greens Senator for Victoria)
Brittney Henderson (UMSU Indigenous Council Representative)
Srishti Chatterjee (UMSU Women’s Officer)
Dr. Hannah McCann (Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, NTEU Branch Committee)

#CutAllTies Virual NDA

As part of our #CutAllTies day of action, Fossil Free RMIT, UMSU Environment Collective and the LTSU Environment Department will be holding a virtual rally!
Bring your mates and your signs, and help us call on PwC to cut all ties with the Minerals Council of Australia.
Fossil fuel lobbyists have been stopping our government from taking any real action on climate change and giving us a chance at the same climate we deserve. That’s why we’re targeting members of the Minerals Council of Australia and asking them to end their membership!
This online event will be run on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung of the Kulin nation and Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and acknowledge that sovereignty of the land was never ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

Enviro Campaign BBQs

Students are welcome to join our fortnightly BBQs where campaigners can get together for some much needed sustenance. Enjoy a big cook up of vege burgers and sausages before getting back to being amazing activists.

They will be in West Court at 12:00pm to 2:00pm (almost) fortnightly. See exact dates on the calendar or on our posters. AMENDMENT: THEY ARE STARTING ON THE 1st OF APRIL (not the 18th of March)

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri Peoples of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.

March 13 Climate Strike Melbourne Uni Contingent

We will be hosting a rally calling on the government and university to take immediate action on climate change. It’s time for them to step up and implement progressive policy on sustainability so that we can curb impending climate catastrophe.

So on Friday March 13th (ooo spooky) at 11:30am, meet us on Concrete Lawns (east side of union house) for electrifying speeches and rad chants before we join the national day of climate action at the State Library at 1pm.

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri Peoples of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.

Another opportunity for students to join Mechanical Engineering Student Society this year!

Sign ups will also be taken for the 2020 MESS Mentoring program

Content warning: sexual assault and harassment

Two years ago the Change the Course report released information about the occurrence of sexual assault and harassment on campus. At the University of Melbourne 50% of students reported experiencing sexual harassment at university in 2016.

We demand safety on campus. On Wednesday the 21st of August we will be participating in an Australia wide National Day of Action. We will be standing in solidarity with victims across the country. We hear you, and we believe you. We are going to fight for a safer campus, because it is everyone’s right to feel safe while accessing education.

Our action will be a peaceful protest on South Lawn. We will be planting 500 red flags on South Lawn to symbolise the epidemic of safety on campus and the inaction taken by our universities.

If you have would like to report any instances of sexual harassment on campus we encourage you to contact Safer Communities (https://safercommunity.unimelb.edu.au/ 9035 8675). If you need to access any counselling services they are available from the University Counselling and Psychological Services (https://services.unimelb.edu.au/counsel 8344 6927).

You can find the event on our Facebook, UMSU Women’s Department, here.

*this event is non-autonomous, meaning anyone can attend. We strongly encourage everyone to attend as safety on campus is not only a women’s issue.

The UMSU Women’s Department acknowledges that the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be holding this event. We acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.