Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, No. 1, March 1, 1976
Student representation is a farce. It divides students one from the other, politically castrates the most active and reinforces the power system of the university. It is dangerous politically and insignificant practically. If we want any say in how this University is run, or in the sort of education we are receiving, student representation in its present for must be scrapped.
Tough words. But tough words and though action are absolutely vital. To justify any action we must look at what we are doing, why we are doing it, and how successful we are. No one has done this yet for student reps. If it is done, as here, the picture is dismal.
At present, if some student stands up with good ideas, if he/she wants to get something done, what does Studass do? We nod our silly head and throw them onto an inconsequential committee. What is remarkable is not that so few people are interested in this process. What is astounding is that anyone maintains interest.
Let's take it from the top. Let's not look at it in terms of dedicated individuals trying to win reforms (which is the way the University wants us to think). Let's go a little deeper, and look at the structure and our place within it. Most of those interested in student representation come from two area. Either they are involved in outside issues (Hart, Ecology Action, the Church) or they get pissed off with something around the University, be it their courses or the cafe's food. Both ways they want to get the Students Assn, and particularly, the Student Rep. Council to do something for them, either to give a lead or to support their lead.