Hadgraft takes Uni Council, Clearwater tops GSA Council ballot

Friday, 15 May, 2015

Former UMSU President and senior National Labor Students figure Kara Hadgraft has taken out the graduate position on University Council, beating senior More Activities! faction figure Patrick Clearwater, who topped the GSA ballot.

Turnout was around 900 students for the online election.

For University Council, Hadgraft took out 446 votes (exactly half) – with Clearwater taking out 222 and Hadgraft’s fellow Labor left figures Jim Smith and Steve Brown taking 161 and 63 votes respectively.

In the GSA Council ballot, 16 people ran for 15 positions, following a late withdrawal. Students could vote for up to 15 people simultaneously for the positions.

Clearwater was the only one to get over 40% of votes cast for them, and topped the ballot.

He was followed by former GSA President Jim Smith, UMSU Info Desk staffer Eleni McIlroy and GSA Publications Officer Sina Khatami.

GSA Research Education Officer Johanna Christensen and GSA Women’s Officer Claire Watson took equal fifth place, followed by UMSU Clubs Officer and More Activities! senior figure Stephen Smith.

The seven top polling candidates above receive two year terms, whereas the other eight elected candidates received only one year terms.

GSA General Secretary and Labor left supporter Thomas Whiteside placed last out of the fifteen elected candidates, winning election by only fifteen votes.

For background on this story, read Ryan Cushen’s piece at https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/farrago/gsa-what/

Update: The article has been updated to reflect the fact that Steve Brown is not a member of NLS.