NUSA Council (NUSAC) is back for 2017! From 6:00PM AEST, watch for updates from the first meeting of the year. Tonight’s business includes the election of Vice President and Clubs and Societies Officer, which will almost double the numbers in the NUSA Executive.
Hi all – I will be live-blogging from about 6PM. Watch this space 🙂
Tonight’s NUSAC is just quorate – a significant proportion of the conveners and faculty representatives are not present.
The Equity (Disabilities and Carers) Convener has outlined her plan to, in line with NUS policy, hold a disabilities awareness week at some time during the year. For those interested in making this a reality, you can get in contact with Ashlea by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous President Phill Johnson is giving a verbal report on the NUS National Conference. He has acknowledged that there is debate about NUSA’s continuing role with the organisation – especially in light of commentary about the behaviour displayed by some delegates.
The former Director of Student Publications has submitted a report blasting the current NUSA Executive for the breakdown in relationship between them and himself.
Now we move onto elections of internal positions. Christy Mullen has been elected unopposed as NUSA Vice President.
Abid Khan has been elected unopposed as Clubs and Societies Officer.
There will be a ballot for Director of Student Publications between Ashlea Brumby and Lucinda Iacono. After their one-minute statements, the position will go to a vote.
And the new Director of Student Publications is… Lucinda Iacono. Lucinda also happens to be the 2017 Women’s Convener.
After what felt like an hour of silence… Eduardo Carvajal nominated, and was elected unopposed as the NUS Liaison Officer.
Ashlea Brumby has been elected unopposed as NUS Small and Regional Campuses Liaison Officer.
NUSAC have voted in favour of a motion supporting the Disability Services – Keep it Public campaign.
NUSAC have pledged to support the Students of Sustainability conference, which is, as you can probably guess, a grassroots environmental movement.
NUSAC has passed a motion in support of the Hunter Workers Refugee Welcome Barbecue, and has empowered several members to attend in an official capacity to represent NUSA.
The President is reporting on an issue with the Newcastle University Bike Users Group (NUBUG). It appears that there are significant communication issues between NUSA and NUBUG – with not much known by NUSA about administration, records, and how the proceeds of the $50 upcycled bike scheme have been used. This is obviously an issue when the Bike Hub Agreement is technically between NUSA and the University.
The President is reporting on an issue with the Newcastle University Bike Users Group (NUBUG), who inhabit and maintain the University’s Bike Hubs. It appears that there are significant communication issues between NUSA and NUBUG – with not much known by NUSA about administration, records, and how the proceeds of the $50 upcycled bike scheme have been used. This is obviously an issue when the Bike Hub Agreement is technically between NUSA and the University.
NUSAC has voted to put together a terms of reference to ensure the good governance of the bike hub “situation”.
The Transport Convener has flagged the Environment Convener’s report for discussion – she has concerns about its content.
The Transport Convener’s issue with the report appear to be that it flags a lot of activist activities that she argues are beyond the scope of the Environment Collective.
Debates continue about overreach and disregarding autonomy – the President reminds us all that the principles of intersectionality demand that we talk with people rather than for them.
The attitude of the room appears to be that the Environment Collective should not be organising feminist, queer and indigenous events – these should be done by the respective autonomous collectives.
NUSAC have moved to “applaud” yours truly for the development of the new-look NUSA Website. 😔
NUSAC is discussing Harmony Day and suggestions for a more convenient and streamlined membership register.
Aaaaaaand that’s it – meeting is closed at 8:04 PM!
The next NUSAC meeting will be on the 7th of March – I will have to find another live blogger as I’ll be in Madrid. 💁♀️