The University of Canberra’s Student Journalism outlet, NowUC, has an interesting story on the uptake of Voluntary Student Unionism:
“The student association (UCSA) has revealed it spent $82,000 on renovations for its offices, yet only five per cent, or 520 students have bothered to sign up”
Showing the grasp of fiscal reality for which student politicians are renowned throughout the land the SA President, Marc Emerson, defends the money spent on the basis that the University had spent $100,000 on a proposal for a lake. Ignoring the minor matter that the University could afford the money and his body could not.
In any event the 5% sign up seems to vindicate the Government’s view that students had little real desire for the services offered at vast expense by their elected bodies.