“I know… Let’s protest something that makes no difference to us…”
I really am getting sick of hearing about Voluntary Student Membership and how terrible it is. I personally don’t see how moaning is going to make things easier for students associations next year – and it’s certainly not going to stop the bill passing.
But what we saw yesterday at the University of Auckland was utterly ridiculous. The University of Auckland’s students association is the Auckland University Students Association – AUSA. AUSA is currently a voluntary students association. VSM will make absolutely no difference to them. So why are they protesting?
Firstly, because they aren’t students. A number of the people at the protest were the proteges of people like John Minto. They aren’t studying, but they’re protesting because they can. Secondly, because they are trying to cause trouble. There’s no other reason for them to want to protest this other than because they want to protest something.
My campaign to get on the Waikato Students’ Union Board of Directors has been based on VSM not being something that we can moan about any more. It’s something we need to accept and work toward. People who are still protesting don’t have the interests of students at heart. Students who need a students association are being disadvantaged by this, because time would be better spent ensuring students associations will survive VSM. We need to remember that VSM can do damage to students associations if they are not appropriately prepared. If they are, the associations will be fine.
Posted on September 27, 2011, in New Zealand Politics and tagged Auckland University Students Association, Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill 2009, John Minto, protest, University of Auckland, Voluntary Student Membership, Waikato Students Union. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.