Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (21 April) . . Page.. 1122 ..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
The final point I make is that the ANU and the University of Canberra for some time have clearly indicated that they do not believe that there is any requirement for students to be a member of a student association or student union. In the ANU's case, it is actually specified as part of the university council's requirements. There is no compulsion to join those associations or unions, but there is a requirement to pay the fee for the provision of services. That is a very important distinction, Mr Speaker. It is reinforced by the Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee and it is reinforced by a former Chief Justice of the High Court.
Mr Speaker, this is a sensible motion. If those opposite oppose this motion they will be condoning activities which will mean a reduction in services to students on campus, the loss of jobs of people employed by student associations and unions, and the loss of a broader resource to the Canberra community. We should not accept such a course of action, Mr Speaker, and we should send a clear signal to the Federal Government and the Senate, which is considering this legislation, that in the ACT we are interested in improving the services and amenities provided to students, not downgrading them.
That the motion (Mr Corbell's ) be agreed to.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 7 NOES, 8 Mr Berry Ms Carnell Mr Corbell Mr Cornwell Mr Hargreaves Mr Hird Mr Moore Mr Kaine Mr Quinlan Mr Osborne Mr Stanhope Mr Rugendyke Ms Tucker Mr Smyth Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the negative.
That the Assembly do now adjourn.