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TUU By-Elections: Nominations

14 out of the 24 vacant Tasmania University Union (TUU) student representative positions have at least one candidate contesting in the upcoming by-elections.

The by-elections were called in the hope of filling the positions that remained vacant after the September elections last year.

 

STATE COUNCIL

Sports President – Current Postgraduate Council Vice-President, Ali Ghahremanlou, is likely to be elected on a confirmation ballot to the State Council position of Sports President.

 

SRC SOUTH

Welfare OfficerMaanpreet Kaur has been elected unopposed.

Women’s Officer – Former Campus President South, Maria Daglas is up against Sarah Livingston for the position of Women’s Officer. Daglas says that “women’s rights have come such a long way, but we still have far to go” and will work to “advocate for issues that continue to affect women today.” Livingston highlights that “2018 is a time for change at UTas” and wants “to listen to others, and then work with them to make UTas the greatest university it can be.”

Environment Officer – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

Conservatorium RepresentativeNathan Stinton has been elected unopposed.

Medical School RepresentativeDaniel Anderson and Christian Mich will battle it out for the position of Medical School Representative. Anderson says that it is important that “students at the MSP have a closer relationship with the TUU” and hopes to remove the existing barriers as a satellite campus. Mich says that students who study at MSP “need to have their voice heard” and wants to “facilitate and improve collaboration between the TUU and MSP.”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

 

SRC NORTH

Welfare OfficerSuqi Lim has been elected unopposed.

Queer Officer – Former Campus President North, Caleb Dunn returns to the TUU as Queer Officer and has been elected unopposed.

Darlinghurst (Sydney) Campus Representative – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

Disabilities Officer – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

 

SRC CRADLE COAST

Regional Secretary – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

Welfare Officer – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

 

POSTGRADUATE COUNCIL

SecretarySaif Islam and Sarah Young are seeking to be elected to the position of Secretary on the Postgraduate Council. Islam believes that “education should be provided free of cost” and wants to create an online platform where postgraduate students can communicate. Young did not provide a candidate statement.

International Students OfficerAlex Guibord and Ma Yue are in the running for International Students Officer on the Postgraduate Council. Guibord says he will “infuse the TUU with fresh ideas and professionalism, so it can competently serve our diverse student body.” Yue says she would like to share her experiences as an international student and is “happy to help those who are in need.”

Welfare Officer – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

Postgraduate Representative South Alex Guibord has also nominated for the position of Postgraduate Representative South and is up against Hans Zhuang. Zhuang says that he “will be a good listener” and “endeavour to find solutions” to instigate change.

Postgraduate Representative NorthKutaiba El-Bidairi has been elected unopposed.

Postgraduate Representative Cradle CoastChristopher Bedford has been elected unopposed.

 

EDUCATION COUNCIL

SecretaryLemuel Chin and Shouvojit Sarker are hoping to be elected to the position of Secretary on the Education Council. Chin says that “education is an opportunity” and will “passionately work” as Secretary. Sarker says he “will be able to get concerns channelled to the proper authorities, and come up with fruitful solutions.”

Education Officer North – No valid nominations were received and will remain vacant.

Education Officer Cradle CoastBethany Aitken has been elected unopposed.

 

Just 2 per cent of the UTas student population voted in last year’s elections, accompanying the long list of vacancies.   

TUU State President, Jess Robinson, said she believes many students are either uninformed or disillusioned about the TUU democratic process.

“The TUU is entrusted with a large amount of students’ money every year, and is also trusted to be their collective voice, and it concerns me that the majority of UTas students do not choose to participate in selecting the people who shoulder that burden,” she said.

“We need to develop a strong culture of democratic participation [with the TUU]. The only way to affect change is to take advantage of the opportunities to participate.”

A strategic review of the Union released last month highlighted a significant decline of student interest in the election of TUU student representatives.

The review concluded that “such a small turnout raises questions about the legitimacy of the elected representatives and their mandates” and described the current election process as “flawed”.

A complete TUU would have a total of 49 student representatives across all six councils. After these elections, there will be 39 students representing the 35,000 students that study at UTas.

Jess Robinson noted a complete TUU is hard to achieve and originally hoped that 90 per cent of the positions would be filled.

Students that are eligible to vote will receive an email containing a link to the online polling. Polling opens at 9am on Friday the 13th of April and closes at 4pm on Thursday the 19th of April.

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