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.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20174:22 am

Hi all – I will be live-blogging from about 6PM. Watch this space πŸ™‚

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:14 am

Tonight’s NUSAC is just quorate – a significant proportion of the conveners and faculty representatives are not present.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:30 am

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 equity@nusa.org.au

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:34 am

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.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:36 am

The former Director of Student Publications has submitted a report blasting the current NUSA Executive for the breakdown in relationship between them and himself.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:37 am

Now we move onto elections of internal positions. Christy Mullen has been elected unopposed as NUSA Vice President.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:37 am

Abid Khan has been elected unopposed as Clubs and Societies Officer.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:42 am

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.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:46 am

And the new Director of Student Publications is… Lucinda Iacono. Lucinda also happens to be the 2017 Women’s Convener.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:47 am

After what felt like an hour of silence… Eduardo Carvajal nominated, and was elected unopposed as the NUS Liaison Officer.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:48 am

Ashlea Brumby has been elected unopposed as NUS Small and Regional Campuses Liaison Officer.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:51 am

NUSAC have voted in favour of a motion supporting the Disability Services – Keep it Public campaign.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20177:58 am

NUSAC have pledged to support the Students of Sustainability conference, which is, as you can probably guess, a grassroots environmental movement.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20178:07 am

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.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20178:15 am

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.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20178:16 am

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.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20178:21 am

NUSAC has voted to put together a terms of reference to ensure the good governance of the bike hub “situation”.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20178:42 am

The Transport Convener has flagged the Environment Convener’s report for discussion – she has concerns about its content.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20178:48 am

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.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20178:50 am

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.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20178:52 am

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.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20178:57 am

NUSAC have moved to “applaud” yours truly for the development of the new-look NUSA Website. πŸ˜”

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20179:01 am

NUSAC is discussing Harmony Day and suggestions for a more convenient and streamlined membership register.

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20179:04 am

Aaaaaaand that’s it – meeting is closed at 8:04 PM!

Barrie Shannon February 13, 20179:05 am

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. πŸ’β€β™€οΈ