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QUT Student Guild and its publication 'Universe': Stop the discrimination and Bully Tactics

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The QUT Student Guild recently published an article in thier magazine 'Universe' in Issue 1 2013. The article, disturbingly titled "Crazy wackjobs (sic) on your campus" written by Jay’Kwon Curry (allegedly a pseudonym used by Tasmin Trezise, by his own admission) was accompanied by the following blurb “There will always be people trying to sell/steal/guilt/shove/yell/demand/force their ideas/money/agenda/petition/revolution down your throat. Here’s what to look out for on campus”.

The magazine also credits Tasmin Trezise and Jake Phillpot as editors.
The article (which targets select student groups as well as singling a particular student) is appalling due to the blatant and direct discrimination, harassment and bullying.

The article is rife with content that is disgraceful and discriminatory (which is not only against university policy but also a violation of peoples fundamental human rights).

Discrimination is when a person or group of people is singled out, excluded, restricted or treated less favourably because of factors that are irrelevant to their ability to study, work or access services at QUT.

These factors may include:

• trade union activity
• political belief or activity.

Direct discrimination is unfair treatment that:

• is based on a personal attribute (such as those listed above)
• would not occur if the person did not have that attribute

The Student Guild is not a club.

It is a “not for profit organisation which is owned and operated by students for students. The Student Guild fosters the welfare of all QUT students, protects their rights and advocates for students who experience difficulties during their time at QUT”. (Copied from the Guilds website)

This behaviour is neither transparent nor welcome as a representation of the wider campus community.

We ask the Guild to issue a retraction/apology for discriminatory articles contained in Issue 1 2013, with clear and visible repercussions for the writers and editors.

Furthermore students seek greater diversity within the Guild and its publications and transparency on how to submit articles and make complaints about the magazine content and associated Student Guild publications and advertisements. Please see the atached open letter addressed to the Guild and sign.

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