Keep democratically elected students and staff on Monash University Council! We deserve a voice!
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Monash University Chancellor
Alan Finkel
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
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Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, Professor
Adam Shoemaker
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Edwina Cornish
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MLA for Mildura
Peter Crisp
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Cindy McLeish
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Geoff Shaw
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Ted Baillieu
Shadow Minister for Education
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Elizabeth Miller

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

    1. Petition by

      Monash Uni Watch Admin


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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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Carol Williams responds:

      Carol Williams

      The stakeholder involvement is fundamental to governance in the history of the university and is essential now to reverse the increasing sense of alienation felt by students and staff in the Australian higher education system.

    3. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michelle Durham EDGEWORTH, AUSTRALIA
      • 12 months ago
      • about 1 year ago


    • Robert Bingham EAST ST KILDA, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Removing participation in the decision making process creates corrupt and unaccountable governance.

    • Joshua Fernandez ROXBURGH PARK, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      As a representative of Swinburne Student Union, I understand how crucial it is to have students and staff democratically elected to University Councils. Without their voice, the University is prone to losing its most valued stakeholders. Swinburne will be suffering a similar fate, and it's crucial that we all stand up against these cuts.

    • hasnain sheikh BUNDOORA, VI
      • over 1 year ago

      Fair representation.


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