Tips and rumours

Aug 13, 2014

Tips and rumours

Tradies to do safety checks at BHP ... Young Libs and student unions ... Westfield leaves Australia a parting gift ...

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Are you getting Fresh with me? It hasn't been a good week for Young Libs across university campuses in Victoria, as misogynistic rants from members of the Melbourne University Liberal Club were revealed in The Sunday Age and more questionable views from a member at Swinburne were publicised on Monday. MULC seems to have disappeared off Facebook since Sunday, as have the members in question. The two members of MULC outed in The Age don't seem to be daunted in their hope for a future in an office of some kind, as both are nominating to run in the University of Melbourne Student Union elections. Stefan Eracleous -- who, along with calling Germaine Greer a ''lying fucking cum guzzling slut", thought that "union member" was an insult -- is running for the role of welfare officer, while Charlie Cartney is running for the role of general secretary. Students voting in such elections usually struggle to find any information on candidates, but not this year. As is customary at student union elections across the country, the factions at Melbourne have attempted to find labels for their tickets that don't have any associations with the parties behind them, but the Liberals at Melbourne don't seem to have tried very hard. They're running under the label "Fresh", a name that has been tainted since it was used by members of the Liberal faction at the University of Queensland Union in 2012 as they changed electoral rules to ensure no one could run against them. We're told that the Liberals at Melbourne are also running two feeder tickets under the names "Smokers' Rights" and "Liberal". As we move into September, student unions across the country will be electing new representatives to run protests like this. If you've got any goss, drop us a line.

Let them eat cake. Speaking of student unions, the National Union of Students and GetUp! are using the occasion of Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s birthday to draw attention to their campaign against his plan to de-regulate university fees. Pyne has taken the “Unhappy Birthday” campaign in good spirits:

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5 thoughts on “Tips and rumours

  1. klewso

    Hendy : “Children Overboard” – leopard’s : spots?

  2. Bob's Uncle

    Unhappy Birthday? The Smiths wrote an appropriate sing-along for the occasion

    I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday
    ‘Cause you’re evil, And you lie
    And if you should die
    I may feel slightly sad (But I won’t cry)

  3. Electric Lardyland

    Then again, Bob, I can sort of imagine Pyne being a Morrissey fan is his younger days. Not really for the music, not really for the words: more for the gladioli and the pouting.

  4. MJPC

    Did they task the local primary school to write the Hendy letter as a class project?
    “You should then consider joining the NSW Liberal Party”

    Travel to Sydney, Canberra and across NSW and interstate…”
    They missed out “and you get to fly in aeroplanes or go on trains and cars”.
    As for meeting with Federal and State MP’s, under the current Budget and ICAC revelations in NSW I think that line should have been left out.

  5. MJPC

    PS: “Engage in policy debate…”, they missed out “with Andrew Bolt”.

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