SRC Education Officers Report – Week 8, Sem 1 2018

Lara Sonnenschein and Lily Campbell

Hey all, hope your assignments are getting done in reasonable time and the student poverty isn’t bothering you too bad this week. The Education officers have been keeping busy engaged with a range of campaigns, particularly with Palestine Solidarity activism, the ACTU Change the Rules campaign and building the Black Deaths in Custody. Following recent events on the Gaza border, in which over 30 Palestinian peaceful protestors have been murdered by the Israeli Occupation Forces, we have been working in close collaboration with Students for Palestine on campus and Hersha Kadkol, NUS Ethnocultural Officer. Together we have helped to organise an action/speak out on campus for May 2, you can find it on facebook by searching ‘Stand with Palestine: Raise the Flag at USYD’. Please come along and join us, and if you would like to help spread the word please contact myself (Lily) or Lara for materials.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions and Unions NSW have called a May Day rally for May 6, as part of the Change the Rules campaign. This is a good campaign that seeks to put union rights at the front of political discussion in Australia – as the left we want to put forward the argument that the current industrial relations system will only be challenged through industrial action, defying the rules. We are co-hosting the ‘Strike to Change the Rules’ contingent to the rally and encourage all students to come along.

On May 12 there is a protest organised by FIRE against Black Deaths In Custody. Showing solidarity with Aboriginal people should be of paramount importance to all student activists in this deeply racist country. Building for this rally will form much of our work in weeks to come.

And finally, what may be the final Turnbull budget is coming up soon – watch this space! We will be planning an action in the week following the budget – it’s sure to be a classic Liberal budget full of attacks on students.

SRC President’s Report – Week 7, Sem1, 2018

Imogen Grant

The Palestinian Great March of Return have entered their fourth week and continued unabated despite violent attack from Israeli military forces. The media and Australian government (including the opposition) is determined to see these events as “deadly unrest”. It’s clear however that the violence comes from Israeli forces upholding their colonial power and defending apartheid state from a largely peaceful mass movement.

The protest was explicitly planned to be a large, non-violent demonstration. Organisers planned their march to stay away from the Israeli forces, and the border. Organisers told Ha’aretz their goal was “to present the Palestinians’ case to the world and not to engage in confrontations with the Israeli army.”

Israel responded with brute force. The army shot on camera isolated and unarmed Palestinians hundreds of metres from their soldiers, posing no threat. All who get within 300 yards are labelled “instigators” by the Israeli army, whose soldiers have orders to shoot them. The sheer scale of the casualties on the first day of the protest is striking, with as many as 16 killed and 1,415 injured, of whom 758 were hit by live fire according to Gaza health officials.

Israeli human rights group condemned the murders: “Shooting unarmed demonstrators is illegal and the command that allows it is manifestly illegal”. So far, Israel has faced little criticism from an international and Australian media uninterested in the Gaza story, or else is happy to go along with Israel’s interpretation of events. But The political price of besieging or blockading urban areas like Gaza is rising because it is impossible to prevent information about the suffering of Palestinians becoming public. The courage of Palestinians fighting against their oppression demands our solidarity. Join this speakout on campus to condemn the Gaza massacre, to demand the Australian government cut ties with Israel, and to support freedom and justice for Palestine. See event here – https://www.facebook.com/events/204196530178448/.

Feel free to email me at president@src.usyd.edu.au if you have any concerns or wish to get involved with the SRC. If you are experiencing any academic, personal or legal issues and wish to seek the advice of an SRC caseworker or solicitor, contact us at 9660 5222 or help@src.usyd.edu.au.

Student Housing Report – Week 7, Sem 1, 2018

Brandon Hale, Grace Mieko Wang, Jacky He, and Shanshan Guo

The SRC Student Housing Department will be hosting a few key events at the end of this semester and at the beginning of next semester, all focused on helping students to seek affordable housing and networking with future roommates. We are currently in the process of applying a budget for the following activities listed and hopefully we will receive enough funding to carry out these events for our students.

30th of May 2018 – Student Housing Social Networking Night

Purpose: Helping students to network with and find future roommates and receive updates about the progress made by the student housing department in the first semester. This is a social event aims at forming a self-supporting network between students.

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Estimated Number of Attendee: 100 people
Venue: Hermann’s / Manning Bar
*Beverages will be provided for the networking night

Beginning of 2nd Semester – Student Housing Seminar

Topic: Regional Safety and Choosing the Optimum Student Housing

Brief: There are currently many students trying to seek for affordable and safe student housings. Yet many individuals or organisations are trying to taking advantage of these urgent student needs to make a profitable business. Single bedroom rentals in some parts of Sydney have even gone up to as high as 800 dollars a week – a ridiculous amount for any student who are trying to support themselves. Therefore, we want to provide students with the best advices on what to watch out for when choosing their optimum housing, so that they feel supported by the university.

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm (Date yet to be determined)
Estimated Number of Attendee: 100 people
Speakers: To be determined
Venue: Lecture Theatre / Large Seminar Room at Eastern Avenue or Law Building
*Catering will be available for attendees outside the venue after seminar

Women’s Report – Week 7, Sem 1, 2018

Madeline Ward and Jessica Syed

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SRC President’s Report – Week 7, Sem 1, 2018

Imogen Grant

Last week Queensland police attacked the civil liberties of protesters during the Stolenwealth Games.

Queensland DOCS and police were sent to Camp Freedom to shut down protest and threaten child removal. The threat and actual practice of forced child removal has been a tool of colonial control, used to intimidate black activists since the invasion.

No hygiene or health and safety laws have been breached, no child is neglected. Everyone is well cared for at the camp. The camp has been a community family safe space holding meetings and practising culture. Children are present at the camp as it’s school holidays and protesting has long been apart of their story as Aboriginal people.

The police brutality at Stolenwealth Games protests has led to nine people being arrested and at least two hospitalised.

The Queensland police have also been targeting activists across Brisbane demanding entrance into their homes and searching their belongings without warrants for ‘prohibited items’ in relation to the Stolenweath Games protests. One activist was even asked to view CCTV footage by the police to identify and incriminate other activists.

The treatment of Aboriginal people at Camp Freedom and their peaceful actions is extreme racist oppression and reflective of a state drive to criminalise protest.

The Students’ Representative Council stands in solidarity with those protesting and supports their sovereign right to assemble and fight for justice.

As students of the University of Sydney, many of the descendants of those dispossessed live just down the road in abject poverty, and as young people it is important to recognise how this history of dislocation and disenfranchisement has contributed to the inequality we observe in modern society. We need to do far more to build support behind these incredible warriors and stop this racist oppression.

On May 12 there will be a protest at Sydney Town Hall to ‘Stop Black Deaths in Custody’. Just from the stories last week we know the disproportionate way in which Aboriginal people are targeted by the criminal justice system. Today, Aboriginal people are the most incarcerated group in the world, making up 27 percent of prison inmates while only 3 percent of the population. We urge all students to attend this upcoming protest and call for real justice that will end these killings in custody. See event here – https://www.facebook.com/events/502574550136176/.

Feel free to email me at president@src.usyd.edu.au if you have any concerns or wish to get involved with the SRC. If you are experiencing any academic, personal or legal issues and wish to seek the advice of an SRC caseworker or solicitor, contact us at 9660 5222 or help@src.usyd.edu.au.

Vice President – Week 4, Sem 1, 2018

<em>Adriana Malavisi</em>

With all SRC departments working hard to ensure a great welcome to Uni for first years and any new collective members, it’s been a busy time for all of us. Some of the keen readers may be aware of an initiative I’m working on tentatively titled Services Week. Breaking ground on the “Services Week” has been a rewarding struggle. Over the past few weeks I’ve been engaging the departments and getting them involved. There’s a lot to be done, but there are also many more OB’s and councillors behind the initiative. I’ve been working on this because the services at the university are subpar, and accessing them should not be as difficult as it currently is. I’m dedicated to this project, and more broadly, I’m dedicated to ensuring students are receiving the help they require, whatever it may be.

International Officers – Week 4, Sem 1, 2018

Mengwei Yuan, Yi Man, Zimiao Gao and Zhuonan Li

Welcome the new students to our big university family! The international department will focus on the international students’ experience at university this year. To achieve the better interaction both among international students themselves and with local students, we will continue to work on the development and growth of our International Students Collective. On the O-week, many international students have shown their interest about the university community. The increase of the involvement of university community and the participation in campus activities among international students will be the trend for 2018.We are also running an opal concession campaign currently, which aims to provide international students right to use the concession opal card. On the orientation week, we have gathered more than 300 signatures for petition. We will continue to gather the signature through the semester.

The petition could be signed in the SRC stall which will be set in front of the Carslaw building weekly.We are planning for the activities this year and they will come soon! Wish you have a wonderful semester!

Wom*n’s Officers – Week 4, Sem 1, 2018

Jessica Syed and Madeline Ward

This past week we have held our counter protest to the pro life “Day Of The Unborn Child” event. It was important for us to non-platform rhetoric such as this which is violent towards people accessing abortion: pro life groups are demeaning, shame people and their tradition stems from a misogynistic and patriarchal idealisation of the nuclear family. We notified police of our intent to protest but our peaceful and legal assembly was thwarted by the riot squad and mounted police nonetheless. Some resisted and were arrested; protestors were pushed, shoved and, as video footage has shown, assaulted. WOCO officially hates cops and we wonder why they have such huge ego complexes when the majority of them look lie jumbo white Lego bricks. Sad.Our system of ushering patients into the Surry Hills abortion clinic is continuing and the pro-life protestors are not happy. They continue to send bulky cop-like male reinforcement rosary wielders to stand in front of us and intimidate us into not reappearing and providing the ushering service. Maddy has been christened the “principal deathscort of the abortion mill”. We have responded to this weird crusade-like behaviour by loudly discussing Marxist ideology and our respective sex lives. It is heartwarming to see them flinch and grip their rosary beads just that little bit harder.

We are trying to organise an internal roster to help the Martin Street Kitchen. Homelessness affects women in a profound way, particularly women who have been marginalised most by class, white supremacy, a disability, or by domestic violence.
We find it interesting that Liz Broderick would apologise for the nature of her review into college culture yet still not disclose the contents of a secret report. Spence and Liz, we’ll be on you shortly, manipulating FOIs to get the dirt. Beware.

Speaking of Spence, we will be meeting with him just as this edition rolls onto stands. Should be an interesting chat. Promise we won’t be too mean.

General Secretaries – Week 4, Sem 1, 2018

Nina Dillon Britton and Yuxuan Yang

It’s been one month since university started . Do you think you are still on holiday?But we don’t think so, because we did a lot in the past 4 weeks. We achieved amazing goals during O-week!

  • Got 1500 SRC bags into the hands of students which is the largest ever amount the SRC has done. This will hopefully get more students than ever before
  • Counter-Course was into Chinese for the first time in the SRC’s history thanks to all translator ,thanks to Imogen and publication managers’ support, thanks to Nina and Yuxuan ,which will help us reach out to more international students than ever before. We also contacted lots of society and other organization publication and asked them to forward, let more student know us and help them.
  • We signed up more than 400 students to our new newsletter in order to get a back which will help us reach out more consistently to students than we have in the past.
  • We’ve put up a prize to follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop with the SRC’s activities. We advertised this through O-Week and will also do again so with our newsletter.
  • The SRC Caseworkers had their own stall at O-Week which allowed them to reach out to more students and make them aware of our services.
  • We have held and will hold more off-line event
  • Set stall on Eastern avenue on 3.13, to come deep into the student community , took the initiative to let student know SRC and what SRC relative to them(personally and collectively).
  • In addition, we listened their ideas to uni and some specific motions and collected it(do some investigate to truly represent student) .We plan to do it regularly ,twice a month ,and you will discover us outside ABS and eastern avenue, you are welcome to come and say “hi” to us.
  • We also co-held a lecture talking about finding caseworker and legal solicitor for help with some society on 3.8, to let more student know SRC help and help student personally.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped out at the stall /event and/or handed out our bags and other materials as well as everyone who helped pack the bags .We also held a meeting with USU and SUPRA ,with student representatives from UNSW and western Sydney university to talk about student issue ,like campus safety ,education issue,international stude

nt opal concession card and so on. Once again ,we have united all the forces to protect students’ own right ,and you could see specific implementation scheme soon in their report.

SRC President – Week 4, Sem 1, 2018

Imogen Grant

The student movement is experience an exciting revival across the world, particularly in the UK where over twenty campuses are striking in solidarity with the UCU strike. We’ve seen a reinvigoration of the trade union movement in the education sector, as UCU branches voted overwhelmingly in favour of continuing industrial action to save their pensions, under the slogan #NoCapitulation. More and more Vice-Chancellors have been forced to change their position on pension cuts due to the pressure effective student-staff solidarity has exerted on them.
This is what we should be inspired by as we experience severe attacks on students THIS WEEK with the introduction of the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018 in the Senate. The proposed legislation would introduce a new minimum repayment threshold of $45,000 (before tax). A yearly income of $45,000

is just over half the average full-time wage of an adult in Australia, and is only marginally higher than the national full-time minimum wage. I think it is shocking that the amendment targets the most vulnerable graduates.The Liberal Government is also introducing a cap on the HECS-HELP debt you can accrue over your lifetime. So when a student reaches their loan limit, they must pay their fees upfront. This will especially hurt students studying a combination of Commonwealth supported and full-fee paying degrees, which typically oc

curs under a “Melbourne model” style of education. This restricts students’ ability to access certain higher status degrees, such as postgraduate law, unless they can cough up tens of thousands of dollars (or more) upfront.
The Liberals have just cut $2.2 billion from universities, and now they are seeking to further rip money from students who are barely earning

above the minimum wage. We had an incredible National Day of Action last week, but we must continue that anger, bury the bill and fight for better quality education. Join the Education Action Group and urge these Senators to not vote through the bill:

Stirling Griff (senator.griff@aph.gov.au),
Rex Patrick (senator.patrick@aph.gov.au),
Peter Georgiou (senator.georgiou@aph.gov.au),
Derryn Hinch (senator.hinch@aph.gov.au),
Fraser Anning (senator.anning@aph.gov.au),
Steve Martin (senator.martin@aph.gov.au), and
Timothy Storer (senator.storer@aph.gov.au).

Feel free to email me at president@src.usyd.edu.au if you have any concerns or wish to get involved with the SRC. If you are experiencing any academic, personal or legal issues and wish to seek the advice of an SRC caseworker or solicitor, contact us at 9660 5222 or help@src.usyd.edu.au.