Tuesday, April 26, 2005

UNSW Student guild adopts this government's Bribe-a-voter technique for upcoming rally

The Federal government is denouncing student groups who may receive a cash incentive for influencing a political outcome.

The Federal government is hypocritical in their comment regarding this. Last May, in the form of a new maternity payment, commonly known as the 'baby bonus' HoWARd and his government did exactly the same thing - cash incentive for influencing a political outcome.

A spokesman for the federal Education Minister, Brendan Nelson, said yesterday,
"The average, normal students whose compulsorily collected fees are paying for this sort of rent-a-crowd have probably had enough. This is a perfect example of how they continue to be forced to pay for activities that they may not need or want."
What if we were to change fees to taxes, and activities to children?

Just how dismissive would the good Doctor be if the UNSW Student guild was offering cash incentives to student groups who did not go to the rally?

Image from here


Anonymous Guy said...

I think you make a good point, but I am still fairly disappointed that the Student Guild needs to stoop to such depths in its attempts to get a decent turnout at its planned demonstration.

If the Guild feels it needs to pay people to turn up, maybe VSU is what the majority of students are happy with, for better or worse.

11:55 am  
Blogger suki said...

Is it apathy to the cause or a result of years of grinding down dissenting voices by this government. In Sydney, in March 2003, 300,000+ people opposed the invasion of Iraq. This government ignored us. We were crushed.

This government speaks loudest to the voters hip pocket. Perhaps that is all we are now conditioned to respond to?

7:15 pm  
Anonymous Guy said...

Maybe so.

From an Australian perspective the whole episode is worrying. Governments far more intolerant and authoritarian than this one have been the subject of much more fervent civil opposition in recent decades.

Is Australia's colloquial easy-going nature letting our governments get away with whatever they want to do?

12:46 pm  
Blogger tigersnake said...

I think they were dumb to do it, but that being said Nelson's just continuing the unabashed efforts of his party to destroy all the pillars of ALP support- unions, art orgs etc. Dishonest about real motives, and a shocking abuser of power. What a piece of shit.

1:46 pm  
Blogger hooey said...

Nice blog, Suki. I could'nt believe HoWARd got reelected, as I could'nt beleive George W stands for war Bush did. I, too, have a blog; a very progressive one.

9:16 am  
Blogger Anne said...

I completely agree with you Suki. The government's response is hypocritical.

Here are further facts about the activities of the UNSW Student Guild from the Student Leader (who are not reputed to favour the UNSW Student Guild):

"In an effort to attract more UNSW students, the Student Guild has promised $600 to the club that can attract the largest number of members. This money will come in the form of a prospective grant to be used for a future event.

"Other clubs bringing more than 15 people will receive a $50 increase in their photocopying budgets.

"A further grant of $400 is available to the club that has the most creatively dressed members."

These clubs would not exist under VSU, as the UNSW Student Guild gives them about $100,000 a year in general funding. The students being "bribed" are people who already ought to have a problem with VSU, and now can be bothered getting off their apathetic behinds (or take a break from study and part-time work) to protest its proposed introduction.

4:26 pm  

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