I would like this opportunity to share a message from some of the speakers at last weeks Town Hall meeting in the Great Hall to discuss Fee Deregulation
“We were all speakers at the University of Sydney Town Hall meeting; we are undergraduates, postgraduates, general staff, academic staff and alumni Together we form a diverse cross-section of the university. We note that speakers were selected by a chair appointed by university management itself for the stated purpose of representing a full range of backgrounds and perspectives.
We are all in agreement that the majority sentiment among the speakers and the audience was opposed to de-regulation.
Thus, we do not feel it is appropriate for the Vice-Chancellor to continue advocating for de-regulation, and we express our disappointment that public statements regarding the event by the Unviersity have thus far failed to acknowledge the meeting’s clear opposition to deregulation.
We call upon the Vice-Chancellor to publicly disavow his previous advocacy for de-regulation. It is unseemly and anti-democratic for the spokesperson of the University to use his position to advocate against the clear view of the majority of the University community.”
Last Monday the Great Hall was packed out for a discussion on the Universities position on Fee Deregulation. There were 30 speakers ranging from Undergraduate and Post Graduate students, an International student, a rural student, Alumni and Staff. There were a few a differences in opinions but the most notable was that despite the overwhelming support of members of the University of Sydney community the Vice Chancellor Michael Spence continues his push for deregulation.
However it is not Spence who decides the Universities position, it is the senate fellows; and with the elections of undergraduate and postgraduate looming the senate position may change.
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Jen Light, SRC President