Stop Student Taxes

It’s official. Labor has violated it’s pre-election pledge and has introduced legislation to slug all university students with an unfair, regressive $250 student tax.

This policy – introduced by former professional student politician and university drop out Kate Ellis – will tax all students $250. It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford it, it doesn’t matter if you don’t want the “services” provided. All students will be forced to pay this tax. And all the money raised will go straight to radical student politicians.

Make no mistake: this is  the far-left of the Labor Party imposing its radical ideological agenda on Australian university students. It is compulsory unionism by stealth and it is morally repugnant. This is a policy that will hurt students.

Fortunately, there’s something we can all do to stop this anti-student legislation! The Australian  Liberal Students’ Federation has launched the new Stop Student Taxes website.

Stop Student Taxes is an amazing website, and a credit to current ALSF  President Byron Hodkinson who has put an extraordinary amount of work into making it a reality. It utilizes the the very latest in modern technology and new media to allow you to write directly to undecided senators, vote in a poll, sign a petition, expose the myths the radical  student politicians are propagating and become actively engaged in the fight to stop student taxes. Stop Student Taxes also has embedded YouTube clips, and is integrated with Facebook and Twitter. I have no doubt that this is one of the best political-issue webpages we’ve seen in Australian politics. Byron really should be commended for his hard work and tireless dedication to putting the interests of students above student politicians.

Visit right now to get involved.Vote in the poll. Sign the Petition. Email the Senate. But do more than that:

  • Set your facebook status to “[Name] is fighting student taxes by visiting
  • Post the website,, on your Facebook wall, so that all your friends can see it. The more people who visit this site, sign our petition and write to the Senate, the better chance we have of winning this battle. The more people who post it, the more the facebook algorithm places it in mini-feeds.  Do it now!
  • If you’re on Twitter, you can tweet about this anti-student policy using the tag #stopstudenttaxes

If we all work together, we can win this.

Labor has attacked the rights of students for long enough. First it taxes alcohol and restricts our right to drink. Then it proposes to censor the internet. Now it wants to tax us AND force us to join a union against our will. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Don’t just read and then disregard this message. The fight to retain freedom of association on campus is too important to leave to someone else. Do your bit and visit, update your status and post the address on your wall.

Update 1: The text of the bill can be found here.

Update 2: This is just laughable. The bill contains a provision that this money can’t directly go to support a political candidate in a Local/State/Federal Election. Now, obviously money can go on ‘campaigns’ which makes this completely redundant anyway, but it’s even worse than that. Under this wording however it is perfectly legal for a student union to take your money, give it to a third party, and have the third party spend it on promoting a political party. Please remember that in 2004 in the dark days before VSU legislation, the National Union of Students spent $250,000 of compulsorily acquired students funds supporting the Labor Party. So, what will happen is that student unions will again give up millions of dollars in NUS “accreditation” fees, and this money will go directly to supporting Labor Party candidates in the election.

The Australian Labor Party is presenting legislation therefore that is taxing students to support itself politically. This is corruption. Pure and simple. No if, no buts.

Update 3: If you havn’t already, visit!

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12 Responses to “Stop Student Taxes”

  1. Robert Candelori Says:

    Whilst the legislation is terrible for students, the words “support the election of a person to the legislature of the Commonwealth….” must, logically, include the associated campaigns for such an election. However, as you said, this does not prevent payment to third parties who will then distribute the money to the ALP.

  2. Tim Says:

    By campaign I mean more a campaign for/against a policy just before the election – which to all intents and purposes is a campaign to directly support one of the two sides.

  3. Robert Candelori Says:

    Ah, yes, thanks for the clarification.

    One would expect the Coalition to oppose the legislation, but the question is whether Fielding and Xenaphon will support it (we already know the Greens do). Even assuming their support, some pretty heavy campaigning on our part will be required to ensure that they amend the bill to prevent distribution of the fees to third parties.

  4. Tim Says:

    EVERYONE needs to write to Barnaby, Fielding and Xenaphon. Personally I’d call their offices as well.

    Heh, I actually note that there’s nothing in the legislation to prevent money going to National Labor Students – as its not formally part of the party – directly. This really is a joke.

    In any event, even if you tighten up the requirements they’ll still get around it – Victorian model proved that. But the 3rd party thing is just so blatantly obviously.

  5. Robert Candelori Says:

    Is it feasible to ban payments to third parties, political or otherwise?

  6. Tim Says:

    Well obviously you can’t ban third party fund transfers outright, as that would include contractors etc. At the least you could make a “flow-on” rule – ie money to third parties can’t be used… but this is complex.

    The fact remains that Unions will ALWAYS find ways to promote their radical political agenda with student funds. No matter how much we try to legislate against it. This is NOT something that we can compromise on.

  7. Robert Candelori Says:

    I agree. There would be far too many loopholes, even if the legislation was comprehensive in its coverage of allowable spending.

  8. JaketheMuss Says:

    The web design strikes me as rather garish really.

    Otherwise though, yay VSU!

  9. Tim Says:

    You are a twit.

  10. Robert Candelori Says:

    Tim, I’d have to agree with Jake. The design is rather garish, though it is easy to use.

  11. Robert Candelori Says:

    By the way Tim, how do I find you on Crikey? Will they be reserving a spot for you on the Crikey Blogs page? I’m already an avid reader of The Poll Bludger.

  12. JaketheMuss Says:

    You know Tim, sometimes I feel sorry for you. It must be hard hanging around me when you are so used to being able to lay at least one glove on everyone.

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