Australian National University Students' Association

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Australian National University Students' Association
Institution Australian National University
Location Level 1, Student Facilities Building 17a, University Avenue, ANU Canberra, 0200
Members c. 10,000
Affiliations National Union of Students (Australia)
Website http://www.anusa.com.au

ANU Students' Association (ANUSA) is the student association of the Australian National University. Its purpose is to represent students to both the University and the Government.

List of Presidents of the Association[edit]

  • 1992: Amanda Chadwick
  • 1993: Kath Cummins[citation needed]
  • 1994: Caitlin Wyndham[citation needed]
  • 1995: Hamish McPherson[1] (removed by ANU Council because he ceased to be a student of the ANU. He was replaced by Craig Cork and later Pip Bolding)[2][3]
  • 1996: William Mackerras
  • 1997: Matt Tinning[4]
  • 1998: Harry Greenwell[5][6]
  • 1999: Helen Stitt[7]
  • 2000: Russell Egan[8]
  • 2001: Maciej Wasilewicz[9]
  • 2002: Joanne Yin[10]
  • 2003: Steve Michelson[11]
  • 2004: Max Jeganathan[12]
  • 2005: Aparna Rao[13][14]
  • 2006: Laura Crespo[15]
  • 2007: Claudia Newman-Martin[16][17]
  • 2008: Jamila Rizvi
  • 2009: Sham Sara[18]
  • 2010: Tully Fletcher[19]
  • 2011: Leah Ginnivan[20]
  • 2012: Fleur Hawes (removed from office after she failed in appealing her academic exclusion. She was replaced by Dallas Proctor in a by-election.)[21]
  • 2013: Aleks Sladojevic
  • 2014: Cameron Wilson

1996 ANU Students' Association elections - the "Wadgate scandal"[edit]

The 1996 ANU Students' Association elections saw the losing "Rage" ticket embroiled in scandal. 146 votes for the "Rage" presidential candidate Daniel Jenkins were excluded by the Returning Officer after allegations of ballot stuffing.[22] The fraud was discovered when a student sitting in a cafe saw a voter attempt to stuff a wad of ballots into the ballot box. When the Returning Officer opened the ballot box, five wads of ballots were found, all of which gave their first preference to Jenkins.

The scandal was dubbed "Wadgate" by the student newspaper Woroni and was subsequently reported on the front page of the Canberra Times (05/02/97) and elsewhere. It was also raised at least three times in the Australian Senate by Sen. Eric Abetz (Senate Hansard: 30/10/96, pp.4747-4750; 05/02/97, pp.125-127; and 23/06/97, pp.4929-31).

The winning presidential candidate, Matt Tinning from the "Counter Attack" ticket, secured enough votes to win even if fraudulent votes votes had not been excluded.[citation needed]

2012 Presidential resignation[edit]

On the evening of 5 March 2012, ANUSA President Fleur Hawes resigned from the position of President. The resignation resulted from her exclusion from the University on academic grounds following a failed appeals process. Her exclusion and resignation was met by surprise by those of the University community and ANUSA who only learned of her academic exclusion earlier that day.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Students demand, no fees for Degrees". GReen Left Weekly. 29 March 1995. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Minutes of ANU council (will need to be an ANU student to login)". ANUSA. 8 September 1995. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Some more astute Woroni observers noted McPherson was little more than a homeless man occupying the student office". ANUSA. 8 September 1995.  [full citation needed]
  4. ^ "Campaigning at ANU in 1997". Green Left Weekly. 4 December 1996. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "Join the campaign against the Indonesian dictatorship!". Green Left Weekly. 20 May 1998. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  6. ^ Will Williams (27 May 1998). "Angry ANU students storm dean's office". Green Left Weekly. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Review of the Careers and Employment Centre". ANU Reporter 30 (1). 17 February 1999. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "Minutes of Meeting: No., 2000". Parking Reference Group, Facilities and Services Division, ANU. 2000. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  9. ^ "Minutes of Meeting: No. 1, 2001". Parking Reference Group, Facilities and Services Division, ANU. 2001. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  10. ^ "Minutes". ANU Academic Board. 24 July 2002. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  11. ^ "Students lobby to defeat Govt's tertiary reform plan". ABC. 29 November 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  12. ^ "Minutes: Meeting No. 2, 2004". University committee on Information Strategy Policy, ANU. 2004. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  13. ^ "16 March 2005". ANUSA. 16 March 2005. Archived from the original on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  14. ^ "Letters". The Australian. 25 May 2005. 
  15. ^ "ANU supporting student union under VSU". ABC. 1 September 2006. 
  16. ^ Emma Macdonald (23 May 2007). "Students shocked at Labor's union policy". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 16 June 2007. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Minutes of Meeting No.5, 2006". University Education Committee, ANU. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  18. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2 Nov 2009). "ANU students lead the way in carbon fight". 
  19. ^ Phillip Green (26 August 2009). "Australian National University Students’ Association - 2009 Annual Elections - Extract from Report by the Electoral Commissioner". 
  20. ^ http://sa.anu.edu.au/about-us/your-reps
  21. ^ http://www.woroni.com.au/articles/news/anusa-president-resigns
  22. ^ Martin Iltis (2 October 1996). "ANU student election results". Retrieved 16 June 2007. 
  23. ^ http://www.woroni.com.au/articles/news/anusa-president-resigns

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