Ignite ANUSA to Officially Launch on Tuesday
Jason Pover and Taz Hudson
“Ignite ANUSA” will be Launching next week on a platform that prioritises campaigns on working conditions and housing. Ignite will be running for all 14 member Gen Rep positions, 5 NUS Delegates, as well as running Niall Cummins, who is convening the ticket, as Education Officer.
Observer has obtained a draft policy document for the ticket, which deals mostly with the Education Portfolio being pursued by Cummins. Besides wages and housing campaigns at a government level, Ignite plans to campaign to lower weightings for individual assessments. The ticket also promises “structural reform” of the Education Committee.
The ticket contains a number of students from the Labor Club (Labor Right), as well as Labor Party members who aren’t factionally aligned. Nevertheless, it is not formally affiliated with a faction and the ticket includes candidates who are not connected to Labor. Observer understands that Niall Cummins, Madeleine Lezon, Francis Classens and Nathalie Rosales- Cheng are members of the Labor Right faction. The policy document emphasises the diversity of the ticket, especially the inclusion of students from first to fourth year.
The full ticket list is as follows:
Niall Cummins- Education Officer
Madeleine Lezon- NUS and General Representative
Jaya Dadwal- NUS and General Representative
Nick Pagonis- NUS and General Representative
Francis Classens- NUS and General Representative
Nathalie Rosales- Cheng
The ticket policy document claims to know how to “navigate” the “procedures and idiosyncrasies” of the NUS. It says it will ‘actively engage’ with the organisation, in stark contrast to the opposing “Reform” ticket, to get the “best outcomes” for ANU students. The policy does not say whether it supports the binding of delegates at NUS, but Student Unity (Labor Right) has consistently bound its members to a vote at NUS.
So far, two other tickets have been announced: Refresh ANUSA and Reform ANUSA. ANUSA Elections will be occurring online from 13 August to 16 August.
Jason Pover was a member of the ALP 2015-16, although he was never a member of a campus political club.
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