USU Election Could Mean Beer Tax & Religious Segregation
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USU Election Could Mean Beer Tax & Religious Segregation

USU Election Could Mean Beer Tax & Religious Segregation

A vending machine to test the quality of illegal drugs for student users and an “autonomous space” that would exclude men and non-Muslim women, could be introduced by the University of Sydney Union (USU) if left-wing candidates are elected to Union Board this year.

With a history spanning 140 years, the USU is one of the oldest and well-regarded student organisations in Australia, but this has not stopped a raft of radical “progressive” proposals ranging from banning clubs based on ideology and an effective beer tax.

Students have an important choice to make when they cast their votes on 20th & 21st May.

Amongst the proposals, candidate Lamisse Hamouda is promising an “autonomous space for Muslim women” and a refocus of the USU’s efforts on to “combat[ting] Islamophobia on campus.” Presumably, men and non-Muslim women would be excluded from the space.

“It is important to rest, recollect and reconnect with other Muslim women students,” writes Ms Hamouda.

Worryingly, no candidate has promised to review the Sydney University Muslim Student Association (SUMSA), which was caught advertising an event with radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir on social media this week.

Hizb ut-Tahrir refuses to condemn Islamic State terrorists who routinely behead Christians, murder homosexuals, and subjugate women.

And in a blow for students who like a drink, Ms Hamouda is promising an expansion of “dry events” (non-alcoholic) at the USU. She is also promising to expand the range of Halal food offered by USU outlets.

In another surprise promise, candidate Shannen Potter is promising to mandate expensive coasters that would test for drink spiking.

Despite a noble intention, at over $1.50 a pop the promise would represent an effective 20% tax on most on-tap beers from USU bars if passed on to students.

And in a sign that Ms Potter would actively target clubs with which she disagrees, she is promising to “abolish” and “deregister” LifeChoice Sydney, a club that has been described as quietly prolife because of its focus on promoting discussion about birth to end-of-life decisions.

More controversially and unusual still, Ms Potter has promised to introduce vending machines that would test the quality of illegal drugs for student users.

“Every student has the right to safety and life, no matter what the current legal status of a substance,” writes Ms Potter in defence of her controversial proposal – ironic given her adamant opposition of prolife societies on campus that also advocate to protect the right to life.

With these radical proposals only a vote away next week, ALL students and staff at the University of Sydney are eligible and encouraged to get out and make their vote count.

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