Brendan Laws

Education (Coursework) Officer

coursework@gsa.unimelb.edu.au

I’m Brendan, a Masters student in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and I’m running for Education (Coursework) Officer as part of Left Action. I’m running to fight against the University’s budget cuts and for the rights and dignity of students and staff to be respected over profits. I have been unwavering in my focus on social justice during more than a decade of experience as a student activist, teacher, community organiser and unionist. I have organised many dedicated campaigns for student and workers rights, environmental justice, refugee rights and against privatisation of public institutions both in Australia and the US, and I’ll bring this experience to fight for Members of the GSA. The grotesque fee hikes at a national level and “restructuring” at a local level have laid bare the greed of government officials and university administrations. They’re cutting millions of dollars in resources and hundreds of staff positions, while overworking remaining staff and hiking fees on international and domestic students. The quality of education and the well-being of the university community is suffering, so it’s time to take a stand. If elected I’ll work tirelessly to unite students and staff in fighting for what we deserve.

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GSA Education represents the activities of the Education (Coursework) and Education (Research) Officers, democratically elected by graduate students at the University of Melbourne. Please reach out to us via this page or our emails to get in touch.

2 months ago

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GSA Education Officers stand in solidarity with the NTEU as they fight against casualisation of staff in front of the ridiculous waste of University resources that is VC Duncan Maskell's fully subsidised mansion. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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What a great victory for student activists at LaTrobe! There has been a bit of a lull student activism in Victoria through the pandemic, but at Melbourne Uni we should take this inspiration into rebuilding a vibrant, democratic student movement on campus. Cone out to Protest the opening of the Menzies Institute at 3!A student led campaign against the undemocratic and university controlled LTSA has resulted in a victory for students at La Trobe. The Student General Meeting last Friday saw 71.9% of students vote to dissolve the LTSA, just below the 75% needed to shut the organisation down. This showed an overwhelming opposition to the LTSA and proved that students want an independent student union that isn’t controlled by university management. Despite the narrow loss at the General Meeting, the LTSA has since announced it plans to stop operating on the Bundoora campus and will return power to the student run LTSU. This is a major victory for students at La Trobe, and the show of mass opposition to the LTSA by students is responsible. Students stood up to the Vice Chancellor and made it impossible for the LTSA to undermine student unionism as intended. ... See MoreSee Less
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