— summer of zerby (@VZerbst) October 19, 2016
Live updates on the 2016 SRC Reps Elect.
Two nominations for Student Housing Officers:
Interfaith Officers are automatically elected. I couldn’t hear who they were.
2 nominations for Mature Age Students officer:
Disabilities Officers now. Two nominations:
Now Queer Officers. Two nominations:
Now taking nominations for Sexual Harassment Officers. We’re starting to speed through a bit faster.
Now Intercampus Officers. Two nominations, from:
Paulene declares Ali and Eldar elected. Fahad Ali (Student Unity) punches the air, yells “free Palestine, fuck you cunt.” No one’s sure who he was yelling at. He then ran out.
Now nominations for Global Solidarity. There are three nominations. Paulene asks for “quiet in the peanut gallery”
Paulene says we have the same problem we had earlier with AA (a new interpretation has been made by Standing Legal which the council has yet to approve), so Paulene will note the result but not declare people elected until the next council meeting.
We’re going to be here until midnight. Hoo boy.
Now to International Students’ Officers. Three nominations:
Now moving to nominations for Indigenous officers.
One nomination from Jackson Newell, who is elected automatically. There is one vacant position to be dealt with by the new council.
Both ACAR candidates are elected unopposed as the other candidates withdraw. The ACAR Officers are Radha, Maddy and Sophia.
Radha and Maddy speaking now, imploring everyone to respect the collective’s decisions, “because the officers need to work closely with the collective”. Speaks about the rise of Islamophobia on campus to silence from the University – “they tokenise students of colour to give an impression of diversity and at the same time they give an honorary doctorate to John Howard.”
Third nominee for Ethnocultural Officer, Stravroc (I think that name is correct, correct me if not!) speaks about the need for “activists who are willing to do some significant fighting around these issues. This is how we actually get things done, not by having fuckwit hacks who sit in the corner here CV stacking”
Vinil Kumar quotes Malcolm X, “you can’t have capitalism without racism”, speaks passionately on Islamophobia and the way society treats refugees. Calls out members of the Labor party for supporting a party “at the forefront of racism in Australia. If you had a shred of care for the oppressed people in society, you would leave that piece of shit of a party”
Sophia speaks to their nomination, “I ran because I have experienced discrimination due to the colour of my skin, ACAR is the only place where I feel completely comfortable”. They ask people to respect ACAR’s preselected candidates
Nominations for Ethnocultural Officers (2 positions):
There are two nominations for the two positions on the Standing Legal committee – Andrea Zephyr and Isabella Pytka. They are automatically elected.
Chair of Standing Legal committee is Alisha Aitken-Radburn
Paulene now asking for nominations for chair of the Standing Legal committee.
Paulene says we have just had a reinterpretation of a rule and is allowing five minutes for nominations for the last position (Welfare) to be amended.
While we count the ballots, a reminder of human goodness at repselect: Riki Scanlan is wondering the room giving phenomenal massages “just because”. Tweets are starting to flood in endorsing their skills – your liveblogger experienced the massage firsthand, and can confirm it was fucking incredible.
Now hearing from McMenamin and Maher:
Now a speech from Gulbransen-Dias and Whitney.
Speech from Devine-Poulos and Lily Campbell: they focus on cuts to welfare, call out the current welfare officers, including “the national welfare officer Robby Magyar”, for doing “practically nothing”, which ruffles some feathers.
We’re back. Paulene has just recalled the ballot papers for Chair of Standing Legal, not sure why.
Contrary to reports, Fitton still in control of all his ballots. He has the deciding vote and is negotiating position by position #repselect
— Naaman Zhou (@naamanzhou) October 19, 2016
Paulene declares a fifteen minute break. C u soon
Murphy withdraws. Election is between Grant/Thorburn and Zephyr.
Andrea Zephyr (Unity) now speaking to Women’s Officer nomination.
Kim Murphy (SAlt) now speaking to Women’s Officer noination, connects gendered oppression to capitalism, speaks about housework and unpaid labour. “Fighting for women’s rights actually means taking on capitalism”. Then speaks about trade unions and student movements in Australia as part of the history for fighting for the rights of all women in this country through grassroots activism.
Imogen and Katie speaking to their nomination. Say that they are preselected and endorsed by the collective, that they’re dedicated and committed activists ready to represent the collective and help it grow.
Nominations for Wom*n’s Officer:
We’re now voting on a procedural to move to the election of the chair of Standing Legal.
Results for Education Officer
Kelton Muir now speaking to Education Officer nomination. Also calls out factionalism here. Very hard to hear them due to rowdy crowd.
Now Eleanor Morley speaking to Education Officer nomination.
Jenna Schroder speaking now to Education Officer nomination
Education officer speech from Holcombe/Devine-Poulos join nom.
Nominees for Education Officer now:
– joint nom from April Holcombe (SAlt) and Isabella Devine-Poulos
– joint nom from Jenna Schroder (NLS) and Ed McCann (Mod Lib)
– individual, Eleanor Morley (SAlt)
– individual, Kelton Muir (I think)
Here are the first pref numbers for gen exec, if you’re interested. McMenamin got none and was distributed.
For gen exec: Boden 9, Chan 2, Chung 8, Donohoe 6, McMenamin 0, Ryan 8 #repselect
— Andrew Bell (@Bell_Andrew1) October 19, 2016
And a tidbit from editor Naaman Zhou:
Results for gen exec:
Information coming in to editor Andrew Bell about how Fitton may vote for the rest of the night (the source is not Fitton)
I understand Alex Fitton will vote with Grassroots for the remainder of the evening EXCEPT Education Officer #repselect
— Andrew Bell (@Bell_Andrew1) October 19, 2016
If this happens, this means SLS, Groots and Indies are likely to win every other position (bar Education officer)
While we wait for votes to be counted, look at this innovative coverage from editor Tom Joyner, now running Facebook Live and Periscope coverage simultaneously. A wild new media landscape indeed.
Chloe Rafferty withdraws. SAlt so far have used all their nominations to make speeches about national issues and then withdraw. Good public speaking practice, I guess.
Chloe Rafferty (SAlt) gives another speech about national issues. In the words of editor Tom Joyner, “what can the SRC do about the ABCC?”
Liam Donohoe waives his right to speak.
Amelia waives right to speak.
Adam Boidin (Unity) speaks to their nomination for general executive: keeps it short and sharp, says “I will represent all students”
Nominations for ordinary members of the SRC executive (5 positions, nominations can’t be split)
What I will say: while claiming to be trans for political gain would be a deplorable move, also having a room full of angry people shouting and questioning your identity is awful. A lot of people are looking very stressed. Be kind to each other.
Murphy (SAlt) withdraws their nomination.
Paulene says that Alex Fitton must put something in writing tonight that says they do not identify as a man. They must then secure a legal statutory declaration tomorrow to the same effect. We will conduct a ballot tonight, Paulene will note a result, and next council meeting the new council and the new standing legal will decide how to deal with it.
Now voting on a procedural motion to delay for 10min. It fails, we’re continuing with the meeting.
It seems that the issue is that the joint nomination of Williams/Fitton not meeting Affirmative Action requirements (one of a pair of joint nominees must be non cis male).
Dylan Williams and Alex Fitton are about to speak to their nomination for General Secretary. For context, this is a paid role (approx $12k each a year if split), with responsibility for the annual SRC budget, among other things.
First Gen Sec nominee speech from Daniel Ergas (Groots) and Isabella Pytka (SLS)
Nominations for Gen Sec:
Isabella Pytka and Daniel Ergas
Dylan Williams and Alex Fitton (a big upset – Fitton was previously thought to be voting with the other bloc)
There are whispers that something’s going on with Alex Fitton (Lib) and gen sec – possibly that he’s been offered the spot by Stand Up, and will therefore cross the floor to vote with them. Time will tell.
Next election is for General Secretary. Paulene read it wrong the first time, blames “getting old”.
Overview of VP speeches:
A reminder too that if you’re sick of this ~liveblog format~, you can also get your updates via twitter at repselect, or via Facebook live from the Honi Soit page multimedia
For those who don’t remember last year’s repselect, the short version is that the police were called, the lights were turned out, quorum pulls were attempted and it made national headlines. This goes some way to explaining the sheer numbers of people packed into this room right now.
Honi has previously reported that a group of independents (Two from the election branding Ignite), one soft right Liberal and one true independent could swing the balance of power away from the presumed majority coalition of Labor Right, Labor Left (National Labor Students) and moderate Liberals
— Andrew Bell (@Bell_Andrew1) October 19, 2016