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Petitioning Monash University Chancellor Alan Finkel and 26 others

Keep democratically elected students and staff on Monash University Council! We deserve a voice!

The Victorian State Government is attempting to legislate to remove democratically elected student and staff representatives from the Monash University Council, and from University and TAFE Councils generally, as of the beginning of 2013.

These changes have already been publicly opposed by the University of Melbourne’s Council, and their opposition communicated to all staff in an email from the Chancellor, Elizabeth Alexander, on 25 October. Providing reasons for the Council’s decision, Ms Alexander stated:

We value the perspective these (elected staff and student) members bring to the debate of issues and the dedication they show to their responsibilities. Their presence is a practical application of Council's commitment to consultation and transparency.

Council believes strongly that the governance of universities is concerned with much more than business and financial outcomes and has as its objective the delivery of quality educational and social outcomes, which include broad social inclusion and equity. That should also extend to the membership of Council.

Unfortunately, all indications from the Monash University Administration suggest that Monash’s Chancellor, Alan Finkel, as well as the majority of Monash University Councillors currently support the changes.

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This petition was delivered to:
  • Monash University Chancellor
    Alan Finkel
  • MLA for Caulfield
    David Southwick
  • MLA for Ferntree Gully
    Nick Wakeling
  • MLC for Northern Metropolitan
    Nazih Elasmar
  • MLC for Western Victoria
    Gayle Tierney
  • MLA for Richmond
    Richard Wynne
  • MLA for Dandenong
    John Pandazopoulos
  • MLA for Clayton
    Hong Lim
  • MLA for Albert Park
    Martin Foley
  • Premier
    Ted Baillieu
  • Shadow Minister for Education
    James Merlino
  • MLA for Bentleigh
    Elizabeth Miller
  • MLA for Frankston
    Geoff Shaw
  • MLA for Prahan
    Clem Newton-Brown
  • MLA for Seymour
    Cindy McLeish
  • Monash University Vice Chancellor
    Ed Byrne
  • Minister for Higher Education and Skills
    Peter Hall
  • Leader of the Opposition
    Daniel Andrews
  • MLC for Southern Metropolitan Region
    Sue Pennicuik
  • President of the Academic Board
    John Sheridan
  • Professional Staff Representative
    Jeffrey Bender
  • Academic Staff Representative
    Carol Williams
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, Professor
    Adam Shoemaker
  • Provost Professor
    Edwina Cornish
  • MLA for Brighton
    Louise Asher
  • MLA for Mildura
    Peter Crisp
  • Minister for Education, Victoria
    James Merlino

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