University election cancelled after uproar over 'racist' foreign student ban

Monash University’s senior executives have forced a student election to be cancelled after uproar over a “racist” move that banned foreign students from running.

12.9.2019

A decision by Monash Caulfield’s student union to effectively bar international students from nominating forced crisis talks on Wednesday between the university’s top brass and student leaders.

Monash University’s senior executives have forced a student election to be cancelled after uproar over a “racist” move that banned foreign students from running.

A decision by Monash Caulfield’s student union to effectively bar international students from nominating forced crisis talks on Wednesday between the university’s top brass and student leaders. The decision to exclude foreign students, revealed by The Age on Wednesday, was said to be designed to counter a union takeover by a group of mainly Chinese international students, who were widely tipped to win the election that was scheduled for Monday. The state government confirmed it contacted the university over the issue, while the federal government refused to respond to claims it pressured the university for resolution on Wednesday. A Monash spokeswoman confirmed both the state and federal government requested briefings on the student elections, "as per normal procedure". Advertisement Last Monday, the student body passed a new rule that students wishing to run at next week's election must be eligible to work 22 hours per week. Foreigners on student visas can work no more than 20 hours per week. Monash University, which heavily relies on revenue from international students who make up 62 per cent of the campus population, on Wednesday expressed great concern at the student union's decision. A spokeswoman said university management was concerned the policy change was discriminatory towards international students and called an urgent meeting with student leaders, including union president Anthony Eid, saying it would "not tolerate marginalisation of any student group in any situation". Multiple university executives travelled from the main Clayton campus to Caulfield to speak to student leaders on Wednesday. Following those discussions, the student union announced it would cancel the elections and dump its plan to ban foreign students running. Among those who attended were executive director Vladimir Prpich and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor David Copolov. "[The Monash Caulfield student union] has made the decision to cancel the current student election due to unforeseen circumstances," a university spokeswoman said. The ban, which the country's peak student body called an "attack on international students", came amid concern among academics and politicians about Chinese Communist Party influence at Australian universities, a concern exacerbated by the reaction to the Hong Kong protests. The international students banned from running for election were poised to launch a legal challenge to the rules on the basis they were discriminatory. On Wednesday, the general secretary of the National Union of Students, Michael Iroeche, savaged the Monash student leaders, saying “racists have no place” running student bodies. Following the election cancellation, the student union claimed its decision to require elected officers to work more hours than student visas allow was not designed to exclude foreign students, but rather reflected the workload required for the position. “Prior to the new election the minimum weekly workload will be made clear to ensure all students (international and domestic) are eligible to run in the election,” read the union statement. The ruling was passed last week by the incumbent leadership, called Forward, only hours before nominations for the election closed, giving the international student ticket no time to reorganise its nominations. The international student group, called Go!, challenged the decision through an internal student union tribunal, but were unsuccessful in arguing it was discriminatory. Jack Guo, a candidate on the international student ticket and president of the university's Chinese association, earlier attacked the ban, saying it was a "biased, racist decision". Read more: The Age

paulsakkal whatever happened to tolerance and everything else they teach at Marxist tertiary education Dept schools? a dose of reality for globalism About time Australian universities stepped up to the plate and started acting in the nation’s interest rather than that of their bank account. We're going to 'racism shame' ourselves out of a country soon.

Australian students should not pay student union levies if Chinese students take control of the union! Everything is being taken over by Chinese influence! Imagine having your university’s student union taken over by foreign students. This is a consequence of your university being greedy and allowing an imbalance of Australian students to foreign students!

Good - the university has become a sell-out to international students now anyway to the detriment of local students. I wasted thousands on most of a Masters degree where there were students who couldn't speak basic English, yet pay full fees, CHEAT & get the same degree I would. Do the work! Sort the wheat from the chaff first and then go forward.The nominees will all be at risk of interference from Beijing. that's the truth of the matter.

So this is a Free university SO LONG AS YOUR NOT CHINESE Pretty sure they will have a rule change to cover up their racism. Its easy to control votes.

'Racist' decision bans Chinese students from running in university electionInternational students have been blocked in their attempt to win control of one of Victoria's most prestigious university's student bodies. Seems fair enough. .911CORLEBRA777 'racist' IMO it is not racist. If you are born in Australia; are of Asian descent and have no allegiance and connection to any Chinese-Asian backed political group, you have a right to contest the student election.

Don’t upset international student cash cow! University’s have sold their souls for $ ...disgraceful MonashUni

'Racist' decision bans Chinese students from running in university electionInternational students make up 62 per cent of the campus population at Monash Caulfield but the student council has banned them from contesting elections, in a move to stop Chinese candidates seizing control. interesting but that photo is of unimelb.... Good Why don't we just let the Chinese Communist party come in and control every university? (Some would argue they already do) Makes me wonder if anyone at the Age has an ounce of intelligence.

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