Hi, my name is Alvin, I’m a socialist activist at UWA, and this year I’m running to be your next Guild President. We can see clearly from the world today that capitalism is a system of colossal crisis, waste and instability. The threat (and increasingly, the reality) of cataclysmic climate change continues to go on unabated, the political right has launched generational assaults on women’s rights, the spectre of international conflict continues to rise and soaring inflation is crushing living standards. These issues are some of the most urgent problems we face today. I believe that it is vital for the guild to play a leading role in fighting these issues. To this end, as president, my highest priority would be to stimulate a culture of left-wing student activism, and to build militant and radical activist campaigns for the climate, for women's rights and for social justice.

In a context where education is deeply underfunded and corporatised, student guilds should be fighting for fully publicly funded and free education. At UWA we see the impact of cuts to education, like in last year’s cuts to anthropology and sociology, and in the casualisation of staff. In lieu of serious public funding, university management turns more to corporations, from destroyer of sacred Aboriginal sites Rio Tinto, or one of the biggest climate criminals in the state Woodside. We need a left-wing activist guild and National Union of Students to organise for a quality education system, free of corporate influence, with good conditions for students and staff.

We need an activist guild that fights for students rights, climate justice and social justice. In 2021, I led the campaign to save anthropology in which we occupied the UWA Senate and saved jobs and units. This year, I have organised a campaign for abortion rights in WA, where it is still on the criminal code and is costly and inaccessible.

Left Action is a group that does not want to use guild positions to suck up to the Vice Chancellor when he cuts staff or courses, or see it as a vehicle to further career aspirations. Our guild is our union, and should put its resources to fighting for us. Historically, students have been a progressive group in society pushing for women, black, and queer liberation, opposing war, and for civil rights. We are the only people with a strategy to fight and win - vote 1 Left Action!

I think that the guild should be committed to activism on behalf of the student population. The guild has a responsibility to fight for better conditions for all; we do not need to grovel for crumbs from university management. Universities should be places for pursuing the good life through argument, debate, and a commitment to rational enquiry. This means holding our institutions to account, and putting pressure on the university to do better by its students.

We need an activist guild that fights for student’s rights, climate justice and social justice. These are all issues which I feel very strongly about and will always have a strong progressive stance on. This year, I have assisted in organising a campaign for abortion rights in WA, where it is still on the criminal code and is costly and inaccessible. Left Action is a group that does not want to use guild positions to suck up to the Vice Chancellor when he cuts staff or courses, or see it as a vehicle to further career aspirations. Our guild is our union, and should put its resources to fighting for us. Historically, students have been a progressive group in society pushing for women, black, and queer liberation, opposing war, and for civil rights. We are the only people with a strategy to fight and win - vote 1 Left Action!

The Guild has a central role in pushing student’s rights forward. The guild is a union; not a service provider. A fighting guild should be using its resources to fight for better quality education in an age when it is being gutted and privatized, and to take the lead in political campaigns that will improve people’s lives. This includes fighting everything from racism to imperialism, but I think the role of women’s officer has an important role to play in fighting against the rising misogynistic backlash we’ve seen this year.From sexist character attacks on domestic abuse, to the unprecedented attacks on abortion rights with the scrapping of Roe v Wade, sexism and attacks on women are on the rise. To fight them, we need to be militant and uncompromising, and not water down our demands to please the powers that be. That’s why we need activists in the Guild.

International students from Sri Lanka, Latin America and Hong Kong, among others, may have taken part in the radical movements against economic injustice, political oppression and human rights violations in the past few years.

Students have played a leading role in many of these movements, and universities represented a place of radical political resistance. Though the political climate in Australia is more stable, there are still important issues that need to be fought for: the lack of action on the climate crisis, refugee rights and indigenous rights, etc. Protests and other forms of mass action are the most effective ways for progressive change. This is why the Guild needs to take a position that favours political activism, especially among international students, who can add their unique experiences to the struggles here in Australia, and why Left Action will push for the radical action needed for substantive political change.

Hi, I’m Scott. I’m a long time left-wing activist and currently completing my Honours in History. I’m running for the position of Environment Office because I think climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our times.

The catastrophic weather events that we see both across the world and in Australia prove the climate crisis is not an abstract event in the future. We are living through it. The UWA Student Guild has a responsibility to mobilise students to fight the fossil fuel corporations and politicians that have created this crisis. The Guild can contribute to the fight for change when it has an activist perspective. As Environment Officer, I would continue the campaign, which I helped initiate this year, that calls for UWA to cut all its research and financial ties with fossil fuel corporations.

Years of experience in and around the Guild have shown me the importance of having activists within the Guild pushing for it to be an active, political body advocating not just for the rights of students and staff but for all people facing exploitation and oppression in our society. As an OGC in 2021 I helped organise the hundreds-strong protests of students and staff against management’s cuts to the Anthropology and Sociology major and cuts to staff working conditions across the board, arguing that universities should be a public good run in the interests of bettering the world we live in, rather than lining the pockets of a few executives and fossil fuel companies.

The UWA guild is a union, and as such should take an active stance to fight for issues affecting students. As the cost of living crisis grows in WA more and more students will be pushed below the poverty line. This is not something the student guild can ignore; the guild has the resources not only to help students who are struggling financially, but also to support campaigns for wages that are actually liveable. The Guild also needs to engage in broader political issues that affect students, such as the fight for free abortion on demand. This is why we need activists in the Guild; we need people who are going to push for the guild to take class issues seriously, and not be afraid to rock the boat. Only Left Action has this approach, and that’s why I’m running for Sports Representative with Left Action.

I am running with Left Action for Ordinary Guild Councillor because I believe in the importance of continued activism on our UWA campus. I want to support the Left Action ticket to ensure the activist voice is maintained on Guild Council and around our university. My goal is to engage with students to discuss and promote the power of the collective student voice in addressing major social issues challenging us currently. I think it is incredibly important to ensure that we keep the left voice and left action alive in the UWA Student Guild to address the pressing issues facing young people. I feel very passionately about the causes that Left Action support and so have decided to join them and support the great work that they do for activism around our university and around Perth.

Students have played a historically radical role in politics. Students around the world have stood up against autocracy, destitution and war. The Guild as a representative body for all students can play a decisive role in activist campaigns around the existential issues of our time. Left Action will champion ideas of human rights, climate action and economic justice, and strive to lead the Guild in organising radical action for progressive change. The recent attacks on women's right to abortion has brought to light the importance of continued extra-institutional struggle through mass resistance. The progress won by previous generations can and will be reversed if we stop fighting, and if the far right becomes emboldened. This is why it is important for the Guild to be politically active and push for radical change, and why we will take initiative in organising and promoting radical political activism in the Guild if elected.

We need an activist guild that fights for student’s rights, climate justice and social justice. These are all issues which I feel very strongly about and will always have a strong progressive stance on. This year, I have assisted in organising a campaign for abortion rights in WA, where it is still on the criminal code and is costly and inaccessible. Left Action is a group that does not want to use guild positions to suck up to the Vice Chancellor when he cuts staff or courses, or see it as a vehicle to further career aspirations. Our guild is our union, and should put its resources to fighting for us. Historically, students have been a progressive group in society pushing for women, black, and queer liberation, opposing war, and for civil rights. We are the only people with a strategy to fight and win - vote 1 Left Action!

The UWA guild is a union, and as such should take an active stance to fight for issues affecting students. As the cost of living crisis grows in WA more and more students will be pushed below the poverty line. This is not something the student guild can ignore; the guild has the resources not only to help students who are struggling financially, but also to support campaigns for wages that are actually liveable. The Guild also needs to engage in broader political issues that affect students, such as the fight for free abortion on demand. This is why we need activists in the Guild; we need people who are going to push for the guild to take class issues seriously, and not be afraid to rock the boat. Only Left Action has this approach, and that’s why I’m running with left action to be an Ordinary Guild Councillor.

Hi, I’m Scott. I’m a long time left-wing activist and currently completing my Honours in History. I’m running for the position of Ordinary Guild Councillor because I think we need a Guild that prioritises activism. Students have an important role to play in fighting for social justice.

Higher education is becoming a degree factory. Federal funding for universities is at an all-time low. Fossil fuel corporations like Woodside are moving in to fill the gap. Meanwhile, courses are being hollowed out, and staff are forced to teach in casualised and insecure positions. Student Guilds have historically played a role in fighting for quality education that is free from corporate influence; from the radical 70s, to last year when Anthropology and Sociology was set to be scrapped and the Chemistry Department be halved. The guild needs an activist strategy to fight for better quality education; unfortunately that is not the case. That’s why I’m running with Left Action - to get an activist voice elected to the guild that fights for student’s rights.

Higher education is becoming a degree factory. Federal funding for universities is at an all-time low. Fossil fuel corporations like Woodside are moving in to fill the gap. Meanwhile, courses are being hollowed out, and staff are forced to teach in casualised and insecure positions. Student Guilds have historically played a role in fighting for quality education that is free from corporate influence; from the radical 70s, to last year when Anthropology and Sociology was set to be scrapped and the Chemistry Department be halved. Students and staff are bearing the brunt of the cuts while management reap the benefits. The guild needs an activist strategy to fight for better quality education, one that doesn’t suck up to uni management and involves students in the fight. That’s why I’m running with Left Action, to get an activist voice elected to the guild that fights for student’s rights.

Students do not enter a bubble when they go to university. The attacks on a woman’s right to abortion, the impending climate emergency, and inflation going through the roof as wages stagnate are all things students care about, and the guild needs to take the lead in fighting. Activists in the guild have also pushed for it to take stances on broader issues, such as Palestinian rights and the ongoing protest movement in Sri Lanka. This is what the guild should be about, rather than being a service provider that most students barely know exists! It should be a body that uses its resources to push for a better society, and lead students in fighting for the issues they care about. I’m proud to be running with Left Action, a left wing activist ticket that has consistently fought for a student guild that stands up for student’s rights.

Students have played a historically radical role in politics. Students around the world have stood up against autocracy, destitution and war. The Guild as a representative body for all students can play a decisive role in activist campaigns around the existential issues of our time. Left Action will champion ideas of human rights, climate action and economic justice, and strive to lead the Guild in organising radical action for progressive change. The recent attacks on women's right to abortion has brought to light the importance of continued extra-institutional struggle through mass resistance. The progress won by previous generations can and will be reversed if we stop fighting, and if the far right becomes emboldened. This is why it is important for the Guild to be politically active and push for radical change, and why we will take initiative in organising and promoting radical political activism in the Guild if elected.

The National Union of Students (NUS) is an important organisation for all students. It has an especially unique role moving into the future. With issues such as funding cuts and climate change, the NUS can be a fighting force at a national level.

In the past, the NUS has very rarely used its authority to push for change. For years, the NUS has attempted to make piecemeal gains by lobbying parliamentarians and negotiating with university management. It is important for students to criticise the NUS and push the NUS to fight political and social institutions for better student learning conditions. I believe that my experience as Education Council President equips me with the experience and knowledge to assist student activists in advocating for a NUS with teeth.

See my statement for Environment Officer and Ordinary Guild Councillor.

Hi, my name is Alvin, I’m a socialist activist at UWA, and this year I’m running to be a NUS delegate. We can see clearly from the world today that capitalism is a system of colossal crisis, waste and instability. The threat (and increasingly, the reality) of cataclysmic climate change continues to go on unabated, the political right has launched generational assaults on women’s rights, the spectre of international conflict continues to rise and soaring inflation is crushing living standards. These issues are some of the most urgent problems we face today. I believe that it is vital for the guild to play a leading role in fighting these issues. To this end, as a NUS delegate, my highest priority would be to stimulate a culture of left-wing student activism, and to build militant and radical activist campaigns for the climate, for women's rights and for social justice.

We need an activist guild that fights for students rights, climate justice and social justice. In 2021, I led the campaign to save anthropology in which we occupied the UWA Senate and saved jobs and units. This year, I have organised a campaign for abortion rights in WA, where it is still on the criminal code and is costly and inaccessible.

Left Action is a group that does not want to use guild positions to suck up to the Vice Chancellor when he cuts staff or courses, or see it as a vehicle to further career aspirations. Our guild is our union, and should put its resources to fighting for us. Historically, students have been a progressive group in society pushing for women, black, and queer liberation, opposing war, and for civil rights. We are the only people with a strategy to fight and win - vote 1 Left Action!