News You Might Have Missed: Week 11

aMBUSH, Dance Night, and a Reconciliation Lecture.

By Sofia Berezin

It’s coming up to the final week of classes. If you’ve been too busy studying (or procrastinating) for the rapidly-approaching final exams, here’s the news you might have missed.

aMBUSH Gallery from University Avenue
aMBUSH Gallery has opened above Harry Hartog.


aMBUSH Gallery opened in Kambri on Thursday night. The exhibition, titled “While You Were Sleeping”, the features works from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in a range of mediums. The gallery is located within the Cultural Centre, above the Harry Hartog bookstore.

The Arts

The ANU Musical Theatre Company cancelled its 2019 production, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’. The Executive of the society said this was due an inability to find a suitable location to perform the show. However, several students involved in the production told Observer they felt the Executive could have done more to make the show go ahead.

The Interhall Dance Night was held on Tuesday and was won by newcomer Wamburun Hall, followed by Unilodge and then Burton and Garran Hall. This has somewhat shaken up the 2019 Arts Shield rankings, moving Wamburun up to  fourth place overall, tied with Bruce Hall.

Tony Dreise
Tony Dreise delivered the 2019 ANU Reconciliation Week Lecture.


To mark national Reconciliation Week, which begins tomorrow, ANU held a lecture discussing public policy imagination and national identity. The booked-out lecture was presented by Professor Tony Dreise, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.


ANUSA passed a motion at SRC 4 on Tuesday “condemning both major [political] parties for their inaction on climate change” and declaring a “climate emergency”. As part of this motion, ANUSA also stated that it will “commit funds, resources and time” towards progressive actions such as strikes, rallies and forums.

The first two Probity Officers for this year’s elections were also elected at the SRC meeting. Probity officers help oversee the ANUSA elections. As there must be be three to five Probity Officers for an election, nominations will be reopened, and the remaining officers will be elected at the next SRC meeting.

A motion to delegate the General Secretary’s duties to organise ANUSA’s elections was passed unanimously. The duties will be delegated to the Probity Officers and to other members of the ANUSA Executive. General Secretary Lachy Day is running for ANUSA in 2020, so he said this motion was important for “good governance”.

Photography by Konstantinos Katsanis


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