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#TUUElections Wrap Up: Jess We Can vs Team Unicorn

Photo - Michelle Moran

Another Tasmania University Union (TUU) election season has passed, with Jess Robinson taking the top job as President with 493 votes to Saffire Grant’s 104. 13 informal votes were submitted. Although both campaigns were largely apolitical, Robinson’s campaign was managed by current President and Young Liberal Clark Cooley, with Grant backed by the UTas Labor Society. Each year, the season brings together veterans of UTas student politics, banding to get their candidates elected.

Sharifah Syed-Rohan, the current Welfare Officer South and President of the UTas Labor Society, was elected by confirmation ballot as Campus President South. Although she is aligned with the Labor Party, Rohan has advocated for an apolitical TUU. Her how to vote cards suggested students vote for Robinson as President and Jessie Branch as Regional Secretary, both of whom were elected last week.

Also elected were fellow members of #JessWeCan: Arno Dubois as Postgraduate President, Dan Probert as General Secretary, Dillon Ong as Education President and Sean Kebbell as Campus President North. The popularity of #JessWeCan is unexpected, given the high voter turnout in the North, with all members of the ticket currently based in Launceston.

On Monday, there were 76 votes at Sandy Bay and 80 at Newnham. On Tuesday, there were 50 at Sandy Bay, compared to 100 at Newnham. Wednesday collected 58 votes at Sandy Bay, with 102 at Newnham. Satellite campuses had an extremely poor voter turnout, with 50 at Inveresk, 27 at Menzies and 10 at the Conservatorium. With over 33,000 students currently enrolled at the University, it is clear that few students care to vote in TUU elections. Unlike large student political movements in Melbourne and Sydney, most UTas students seem more focused on finishing degrees than playing politics. But with the startling sexual harassment and assault figures given by the Human Rights Commission’s report earlier this year, a new system of integrated honours for degrees, and a complete campus transformation in both the North and South, should students be worried about their lack of voice?

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  • Saffire

    I didn’t know I was backed by NLS? You might want fact check before you print false information.
    However, I was UTas Labor members. You can print that. As that would be true.
    I am so honoured that 100+ people felt that I represented them and voted. Thanks to everyone who supported me from ALL walks of life and political affiliations. It was great to talk to other students and find out what they wanted from their University.
    I recommend that students who want higher quality education get behind the NTEU and UTas staff who are taking Direct Action to get better outcomes for both staff and therefore, their students.
    Also, Editor. Print a retraction of the false info, if you need any further facts msg me.
    Much respect! Saffire Grant – Team Unicorn!

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