UMSU INTL’s Annual General Election 2021
UMSU INTL’s Annual General Elections 2021 has arrived! Passionate about supporting the international student community, working with a team of like-minded peers, and gaining valuable leadership and volunteering experience? Then it’s time to nominate yourself for the positions that suit you best as we gear up for another exciting round of elections!
ELECTION NOMINATIONS & REGULATIONS
Submit your nomination to the Returning Officer by filling out the form below. Electoral regulations for the UMSU International Annual General Election can also be found on this page.
CANDIDATE INFORMATION SESSION
The information session for candidates will take place on Friday 30 April and will be conducted via zoom. The candidate information session will take place at 6pm AEST on Friday the 30th of April, the session can be accessed from the zoom link below.
POLICY SPEECH SESSION
The policy speech session will occur after the close of nominations, on 17 May. The venue, form and date for the policy speech session will be circulated upon the close of nominations.
Voting will open 9:00 am on Wednesday 19 May 2021 and close 5:00 pm on Friday 21 May 2021. Voting will be conducted via the BigPulse platform, with an individual voting link sent to all eligible voters via their student email at the beginning of the voting session.
UHT’s Stage Carpenter/Mechanist Allen Laverty talks through how to build a mitre box (a tool to help you cut exactly 90° or 45°).
Overnight, the government has announced massive hikes to the cost of future degrees.
Future students hoping to study law and commerce degrees will face a 28% fee increase, while students studying humanities degrees will face a staggering 113% increase.
The justification for this fee increase is a carrot-and-stick approach to funnel students into industries it believes will have the most job growth. This is a ridiculous and unfair attack on students. While the costs of some ‘job-ready’ degrees will be lower, this move is at the expense of hundreds of thousands of young people who have chosen to study degrees that the government doesn’t deem worthy enough.
Students should never be forced to take massive amounts of debt in order to gain an education. This is going to disproportionately effect students at the University of Melbourne because of the Melbourne Model. Increasing student fees will not fix a funding crisis.
UMSU unequivocally believes in free education for all students. We will oppose this package every step of the way. We will be posting ways to get involved in this campaign in the coming days — follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date.
UMSU stands in solidarity with University of Queensland student Drew Pavlou, an elected student representative who has just suspended for 2 years for speaking out against the University. We are concerned about the nature of his charges and how this appears to be a politically targeted attack.
Despite this suspension occurring in a different state, this matter is relevant to all student unions as it is detrimental to the student movement. Drew’s suspension has set an incredibly dangerous precedent, and limits the freedom of expression on our campuses. This suspension shows that Australian universities are trying to silence student activists and silence criticisms about university administrations. Student representatives are elected to represent student interests, which are often different from what universities are trying to push. Student representatives should never be punished for speaking out about the inaction of universities.
UMSU will always stand up for student rights, and we will continue to speak out against the University if they are not acting in student interests. We condemn the actions of the University of Queensland.