War Australian University Student Union Bans FOBs -


International students have been banned from contesting student elections at one of Victoria's most prestigious universities, in a move to stop a group of Chinese students seizing control of the student union.
The ban, which the country's peak student body called an "attack on international students", comes as politicians and academics are increasingly concerned about Chinese Communist Party influence at Australian universities.
Leaders of Monash University's Caulfield campus student body last week 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 are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week, meaning more than half the campus' students are barred from running for election.
The rules were passed by Monash Student Association Caulfield's student council to thwart the election hopes of a rival group led by and consisting mainly of Chinese international students.

Monash University's senior management is working behind closed doors with the student union to resolve the matter and avoid creating a perception that international students are discriminated against on campus.
International students – which make up 62 per cent of the campus population, more than double the national average – bring in a large proportion of the university's revenue.
A candidate on the international student ticket and president of the university's Chinese association attacked the ban and accused the student union's leadership of disadvantaging Chinese student groups.

"We think this is a biased, racist decision against Chinese students and other international students," Jack Guo said.
"There has been no proper funding for us [Monash Chinese Student Association] for 18 months – we get no support from the union … we feel there is a bias against Chinese students.

"There should be some international students in the union to have our voices heard."
A Monash University spokeswoman said: "The university is concerned the recent changes may impact the eligibility of international students."

"While the university recognises the legal independence of [the Monash Caulfield student council] as an entity, it also must ensure its recognised student associations continue to fulfil their requirements to represent the student body," the spokeswoman said.

National Union of Students international student officer Alex Wang said the move was an "affront to the democratic process".

"These regulation changes are plainly an attack on international students, in particular Chinese, who simply want a voice in their representative body," he said.
Monash Caulfield's student council president, Anthony Eid, whose ticket is running for re-election under the name Forward, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

The student union is funded by a mandatory yearly payment of about $300 made by full-time students. It controls a budget of more than $1 million, and provides students with services and cultural activities.

Late last month, the Morrison government announced the creation of a taskforce dedicated to countering Chinese Communist Party influence on campuses, focused on cyber threats and protecting freedom of expression.
In recent months, clashes have occurred at Australian universities between pro-democracy protesters and Chinese students loyal to the Chinese government over the issue of Hong Kong's independence.
Monash University International Student Service president Ayush Tarway said the ban was "definitely discriminatory".

"At least half of Monash Caulfield's students are international. This strips half the student population from participating in their own elections," he said.
The ruling was passed on September 2 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 university tribunal on the grounds it was discriminatory and breached the Equal Opportunity Act.
The student union's election tribunal found the rule caused "indirect discrimination" against international students, but upheld the ban on the grounds that the act did not protect against discrimination on the basis of visa type.
The election's returning officer attempted to overturn the ruling on the grounds that students who nominated did so in the belief they were eligible, and were not given enough time to react to the rule change.
🇦🇺🇦🇺 Based Student Union removing foreign influence from Australian Universities 🇦🇺🇦🇺

This insane power move applies to all foreign students but typical Chinese crybabies say it’s all about them.
 

Tesco Disco

yee-haw
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I’m actually pleasantly surprised Australia isn’t pandering to the Chinese for once.
Aus has been fondling China’s collective ballsack for years, selling off Australian land, brands and major corporations. Chinese immigrants are the only nationality that aren’t required to pass a driving exam in order to get an Australian license, it’s that blatant.
 

heathercho

정말로? Yes! Okey dokey yo.
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I’m actually pleasantly surprised Australia isn’t pandering to the Chinese for once.
Aus has been fondling China’s collective ballsack for years, selling off Australian land, brands and major corporations. Chinese immigrants are the only nationality that aren’t required to pass a driving exam in order to get an Australian license, it’s that blatant.
It will last exactly as long as the Chinese money does that's propping up the university.
Or until Commonwealth Bank cries out as they strike them.
 

Spoonge

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The Chinese Question has been getting a lot more attention this past year and its about bloody time. Maybe we might get our dairy industry back and fix our real estate problem if we start removing them. Readers choice on the process of removing.
 
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Wtf this is just a student government who the fuck cares
 

Affluent Reptilian

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I’m actually pleasantly surprised Australia isn’t pandering to the Chinese for once.
Aus has been fondling China’s collective ballsack for years, selling off Australian land, brands and major corporations. Chinese immigrants are the only nationality that aren’t required to pass a driving exam in order to get an Australian license, it’s that blatant.
Was curious about the driver's licence thing. It seems like there are a bunch of countries which have a special status vis-à-vis driver's licences - see here (not a government entity publishing this but seems related to some quasi-public regulatory body: https://austroads.com.au/drivers-and-vehicles/overseas-drivers/applying-for-a-license). Hong Kong is one of the places (along with Taiwan, Estonia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa...) that get special recognition; China itself doesn't.
 
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Was curious about the driver's licence thing. It seems like there are a bunch of countries which have a special status vis-à-vis driver's licences - see here (not a government entity publishing this but seems related to some quasi-public regulatroy body: https://austroads.com.au/drivers-and-vehicles/overseas-drivers/applying-for-a-license). Hong Kong is one of the places (along with Taiwan, Estonia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa...) that get special recognition; China itself doesn't.
I’ve never heard of Chinese somehow scamming a license other than the standard international licence (UN IDP) route which is possible for nationals of any shithole pay-to-play country. I have met some that admitted getting into Melbourne University by bribing school officials to forge documents.
 

Liber Pater

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America could stand to think twice about this too. There are way too many Chinese students who come here for education and then take it back to enhance the glorious Middle Kingdom. Chinese people are not our enemy but the Chinese government is.
In the US, at least, a lot of campus espionage is being coordinated through Chinese "diplomats" and embassies. If there was ever a strong case for expelling diplomats/closing embassies, this would probably be it. Hell, we expelled plenty of Cuban diplomats, and Cuba has never been involved in anti-US espionage on such a scale.
 
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