Ban non-Law students from using the Law Library
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It is now impossible on a Monday to find a seat at a desk in the grand, sprawling halls of the Walter Harrison Law Library. How can this be so, with the abundance of space allocated to us and the exclusivity of our school, limited to only a few hundred accomplished students?
It is because - even with the equipment in place to enforce a swipe-card access policy - the University refuses to ensure this multi million-dollar educational space, intended for our use and benefit, is restricted from UQ's academic hoi polloi. As one walks through the library, one cannot help but notice row after row of occupied computer screens displaying classwork from Science, Engineering, Biomed, Physics and - God forbid - Arts. In fact, today I spent no more than 15 minutes waiting to print my Property readings at the Law Library printer while an international student printed off several hundred pages of physics notes.
For too long the sacred and hallowed ground of the Law Library has been desecrated by students of every school and faculty. Since its re-opening in 2017, our beautiful cedar-clad desks and custom-made ergonomic chairs have been totally commandeered by lay-students. We have invested too much - academically and financially - in the prestige of our great and noble profession, and it is now time to take back what is ours and ban non-law students from using the UQ Law Library.
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