Thursday, April 28

 
Message from the Vice-Chancellor regarding Voluntary Student Unionism
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Dear Students and Colleagues

RMIT has provided long standing support for the RMIT Union and Student Union Council. RMIT University Council has also expressed its opposition to the Voluntary Student Unionism proposals of the Federal government on more than one occasion.

RMIT does not have compulsory Student Union membership, however the University does collect a fee from students to ensure the ongoing activities and services of the RMIT Union and the RMIT Student Union. This fee is distributed to a number of different areas that enhance the overall experience of our students while studying at RMIT.

Fees collected are used to provide academic support, health and welfare services, student leadership programs, cultural, social and recreational programs, sporting facilities, scholarships and grants, student publications, SYNFM (Student Radio), RMITV, indigenous and international activities, childcare and equity programs.

This year's National Day of Action on April 28, organised by various student bodies across the country, will focus on the proposed VSU legislation. On this day a number of students may choose to attend activities, commencing with an RMIT get together at 1pm in Bowen St., followed by a rally at 2pm in front of the State Library.

These activities are aimed at highlighting the important role the RMIT Union and Student Union play in life on our campuses. I support these students in their efforts and would encourage my colleagues to do the same, by ensuring that students are not disadvantaged by their attendance at these activities on the day.

It is important that the wider community be made aware of the detrimental impact of this proposed legislation on education, on the student experience and on the community.

Professor Margaret Gardner
Vice-Chancellor
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476V
Melbourne 3001
Australia

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Im headin to my first rally right now...gona be fuckin protestin against John Howard's stupidity...stay tuned to this post...

Hope i dont get arrested ...


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