General Secretary’s Report – Week 13, Sem 1, 2016

Lachlan Ward

So I guess we are at the end of Semester 1, and therefore Georgia and I are halfway through our term as your General Secretary. Over the last few weeks, we have been crunching the numbers and have finalised the SRC’s budget, ensuring that our services and collectives are funded as effectively and efficiently as possible, in order to improve your SRC. I have also been involved in assisting in with the organisation of the National Union of Student’s Education Conference, which this year is being held at USYD. I expect it to be an informative conference, consisting of speaker panels from politics, unions and media, as well as sessions on activism and educational issues. Registration is closing soon, so feel free to look it up or contact general.secretary@usyd.src.edu.au to find out how to attend, with some equity places being available if you have financial issues.

With the federal election happening at the conclusion of semester, keep in mind the current government’s attacks on higher education. These have consisted of deregulating the university sector, gutting funding and seeking to take back your HECS even after your death, something that will impact those worst off in society, most of all. Furthermore the government is committed to slave labor with the PATH program to employment, which when trialled in other countries has been completely ineffective at reducing youth unemployment. Coupled with the fact that the Liberal party still is not committed to action on climate change, legislating for marriage equality, or any of the other numerous policy flaws that they possess, there really isn’t anything going for them at this election. That’s why it’s so important for you to have your say at the ballot box, and I strongly urge you to put the Liberals last as it is where they are already putting you and anyone else who is not a wealthy business owner. Finally, for your exams, I wish you, good luck and hope you do your best!

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