June 26, 2019

Council Meeting Wrap Up June

Conrad Hogg Conrad Hogg, President

There were two Guild Council meetings held in June. They were action packed with changes to the Guild operations, and taking some important representative stances – see more below.

The first was a special council meeting to discuss the report of the Election Culture Working Group. All of the recommendations, including the two changes to the Guild Election Regulations were passed – you can read more here. We also approved funding for the screening of the extraction unit on the Refectory to proceed with the final stage of fit out for the outlets.


Elections

  • We elected Mike Anderson (Access Co-officer) as a committee member on the WHS committee.


Operational Motions

  • We endorsed the 2019 KPIs for the Council of Postgraduates Association (CAPA). This is to ensure that CAPA meets all its obligations in supporting the PSA.
  • We increased the President’s wage to match the Fairwork Commission’s new minimum wage ($19.50/hour).


Motions Without Notice

  • We opposed the racism and division fostered by extremist groups, which has manifested itself in Islamophobia and antisemitism. We directed the Ethnocultural Collective and the Public Affairs Council to continue to engage and support students, in collaboration with cultural clubs.
  • We stood in solidarity with Sudanese protestors who are facing violence in Sudan, and directed the Ethnocultural Collective to engage the Sudanese student community.
  • We called for a public tender process for the 2020 National Sexual Assault and Harassment Survey, one that includes the voices of students, to ensure that an independent organisation with expertise in research on sexual assault and harassment conducts the survey. The Guild committed to engaging with the National Union of Students and End Rape on Campus in future action on this issue.

As ever, let me know if you have any questions.

Best Wishes

Conrad