I know I am starting to sound like a bit of a broken record on this but I think it is important that all students realise the potentially rough future ahead for the SRC.
I write this because a week out from the Federal election it is looking like sadly a foregone conclusion that on Sept 8 we are all going to wake up to of Prime Minister Abbott.
Ok so what does this have to do with the finances of the SRC? It means that VSU is coming back and will potentially see the further decimation of student associations across the country.
Undeniably, the SRC survived VSU mark 1 however this was only due to the VC at the time seeing merit in our services. VSU mark 2 will mean once again that the SRC will have to rely on the continued benefaction of the University to dip into its own funds in order for our services.
This is a big problem as it ultimately puts the independence of the SRC at risk. Students expect us to stand up for them and speak truth to power when necessary. It becomes much harder to do so when those we need to influence can budget us out of existence according to the mere whim of the VC.
Look, I don’t mean to be overly political. But I would be a negligent General Secretary, if I wasn’t honest in saying that if Abbott wins the SRC may again be in trouble.