News You Might Have Missed: Week 3

Weekly catchup graphic with caption "Pride Week, a Climate Rally, and StuPol"

By Samuel Wright and Adelle Millhouse

If you are still thawing out from this week’s freezing weather, here’s the news you might have missed.

Campus

ANU celebrated Pride Week this week. Events included panel discussions in the style of ‘You can’t ask that’, a Trans* and Gender Diverse Medical Seminar, and Queer Ball.

On Friday, students rallied for action on climate change.The protest was part of a national effort to change in the way the government is dealing with climate change, and was supported by the National Union of Students (NUS), PARSA and ANUSA. 

ANU Administration

On Thursday, it was announced that the ANU School of Legal Practice will close after 48 years of vocational education. This decision was made largely due to the results of an independent review, which found that the School was not meeting the “strategic priorities of the University”. The closure means that ANU will no longer offer the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. 

ANUSA Elections

This week saw the announcement of the Empower and Electrify tickets for the upcoming ANUSA election. Although both initially had lightning bolt logos, Electrify later had to change to an image of Zeus holding a lightning bolt, due to the similarity with Empower’s branding. 

Electrify and You! for ANUSA announced that they would be “putting aside political differences”, and will be collaborating on policies and supporting each other’s Executive candidates. 

Several independent candidates also announced this week, including ‘Madhu for ANU’, ‘Vote: Jacob Ellis & Max Claessens for ANUSA’, ‘Undergraduate Voice’, and ‘Michael Brewer for ANUSA’.


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