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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33, No. 3 18 March 1970

Stop Pres — After Mr Boyd, What?

Stop Pres

After Mr Boyd, What?

At present Mr Boyd holds a double position—he is Managing Secretary of the Union and Director of Student Welfare Services. However it seems highly probable that within the next few months the post will, at the suggestion of Mr Boyd, be separated into the two parts. There is certainly enough work for two people, one in the Union, and the other in the Welfare Services.

While this proposal is going through this seems an ideal time for the Association, and others, to rethink the whole idea of The Managing Secretary' and what we want of the position. It seems, according to rumour, and breaching no confidences, that Mr Boyd is primarily interested in the position of Director of Student Welfare Services. There will consequently be a vacancy in the Managing Secretaryship. I suggest it would be an ideal time to change that position into one named 'Administrative Secretary'.

The Administrative Secretary should retain the duties of keeping accounts and drawing budgets for the Union, the day-to-day administration of the Union and a certain amount of long-term planning. He should, however, be employed by the Student Union Management Committee, paid by it (not by the University alone), and be responsible to it. That Committee has a student majority. I also suggest that the disciplinary powers at present vested in the Managing Scretary be vested in the Association Executive and/or the House Committee, who could sub-delegate as they chose (even to the Administrative Secretary if they wished). These are my thoughts: what are yours? Come to the next SRC and discuss it.

Margaret Bryson