Posts Tagged ‘VSU’

Tim’s First Hansard Appearance!

February 17, 2009

Okay, so this is pure ego, but I do have to say I feel rather cool about receiving my very first mention in Hansard (transcripts of Parliament):

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5:03): Thousands of students will start university again this year, with orientation weeks beginning next week in Canberra and around the country later this month. University life is an exciting time and represents a world of opportunity for students around the country. Since the 2006 academic year, students across Australia have not been forced to pay compulsory student union fees. In late 2005, the Howard government implemented legislation banning the collection of compulsory union fees. The then federal government cut the unfair student tax.

When talking about the passage of the 2005 legislation, it would be remiss of me if I did not mention some of those who fought hard to ensure the passage of the legislation. Liberal student leaders Rohan D’Souza, Julian Barendse and Tim Andrews dedicated themselves to the fight for freedom on campus for many years and were instrumental in 2005. Then Young Liberal president and now federal member for Mitchell, Alex Hawke, and other federal members, including Sophie Mirabella, Senator Mitch Fifield, Senator Eric Abetz, Dr Brendan Nelson, and Senator Steve Fielding were all instrumental in the bill’s passing.

Compulsory union fees do nothing except support the careers of aspiring Labor Party politicians and subsidise political protest at the expense of students who would rather spend hundreds of dollars on other things of their choosing.


From the ACT Legislative Assembly.

I should note that I am completely worthy of being placed in such high company, and that full credit should go to Julian and Rohan who led the ALSF charge (and those in the years before them). I was merely fortunate enough in my years as ALSF President to be standing on the shoulders of giants.

Still, feels kinda good to be in Hansard! 🙂

Stop Student Taxes

February 11, 2009

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!