News You Might Have Missed: Week 6

PARSA Elections, a network for queer* alumni and a protest

By Anthea Dockrill

The annual PARSA elections were held this week. The The Vision ticket dominated the elections, winning President, Vice President, and 17 of the other 25 positions on the Postgraduate Representative Committee (PRC). Vision for PARSA’s Zyl Hovenga-Wauchope won positions of President and Postgraduate Representative on the University Council, while Sahar Latheef will take on Vice President.

Five candidates – Alyssa Shaw, Chris Wilson, Julian Widdup, Binota Dhamai and Leonard Low –  were elected unopposed to the PARSA board. There are also three casual vacancies. There are also three casual vacancies. Next year will be the first year in which the PARSA board acts as a separate unit from the PARSA Representative Committee.

ANUSA

ANUSA made a second attempt at holding its second Ordinary General Meeting. Like the first attempt earlier this Semester, the meeting did not reach the required 40 attendees, and therefore could not occur. There had been plans to discuss changes to the Association’s honoraria and budget.  

Campus

The University launched a special LGBTIQ Alumni Network “to foster community and build stronger connections between, ANU LGBTIQ alumni and students, staff, faculty, parents, and straight allies” . The Network was launched at an event on Friday by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Higher Education

On Friday afternoon approximately 200 students gathered outside the ACT Legislative Assembly to protest changes to the ACT government’s visa program. Previously, the ACT would sponsor people for a visa if they were skilled and had a connection to Canberra – making it a popular option for recent graduates. Under the changes, which are currently being implemented, applicants will have to meet more stringent criteria such as working in an in-demand area.

 

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