News You Might Have Missed: Week 10
By Rebecca Zhong
The federal election has come and gone, and the end of Semester is drawing closer. If you’ve been too busy watching Antony Green, here’s the news you might have missed.
Four study rooms on Level 3 of Chifley Library were closed to students on Thursday. These will be unavailable until the end of July. The rooms have been repurposed as office spaces for library staff, as construction work on level 1 of the library has rendered a number of offices unusable.
A student consultation forum regarding the Kambri booking process was held on Monday. There, ANU Chief Operating Officer Chris Grange said that the leaked draft booking policy which had been the subject of student opposition was “not ever…considered by the university”.
After the forum, ANUSA published a Facebook post in which it expressed “frustration and disappointment with some of the comments made by the University” at the forum. PARSA published a post outlining the commitments made by University administrators at the forum. These commitments include considering options to make the Kambri area more pedestrian and bike-friendly, clarifying ambiguities on cleaning costs in the booking process, and publishing the previous drafts of the policy.
Leading up to Election Day on Saturday, ANU Learning Communities hosted a Q&A forum for House of Representatives candidates on Tuesday, and ANUSA hosted a Senate candidate debate at Badger & Co on Thursday. Labor, Greens and Australian Progressives candidates, as well as independent candidate Anthony Pesec, attended the forums, but neither forum had any Liberal candidates in attendance. Labor won all three House of Representative seats for the Canberra area, but the Coalition ultimately retained government.
In a Facebook post, ANUSA apologised for “not following through” with commitments in relation to the ANU contingent to the Refugee Action Campaign’s Palm Sunday Rally on 14 April. According to the motion which was passed at SRC 2, ANUSA would issue a statement in support of refugees, co-host the rally contingent and share details of the rally on the ANUSA Facebook page and in its newsletter. The post states that ANUSA had co-hosted the University contingent, but had not shared the details of the event on Facebook or through its newsletter “due to human error”.
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