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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Democrats Senator for South Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Higher Education

Dated: 11 September 2006 Press Release Number: tmtiauap Portfolio: Higher Education

ALP test on VSU

The Australian Democrats have today called upon the ALP to join them in their commitment to reversing Voluntary Student Unionism.

Australian Democrats' Spokesperson for Higher Education, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja will move a motion in the Senate this afternoon, calling on the Government to overturn the contentious legislation.

"The introduction of VSU has had detrimental consequences for students across the country," Senator Stott Despoja said.

"Staff have lost jobs, financial support for key student support services has been slashed and the student right to independent representation has been undermined.

"It is clear that this legislation was motivated by nothing more than ideological zealotry. As the future of student childcare, welfare, counselling, advocacy and accommodation hangs in the balance, the brazen stupidity of VSU is plain for all to see.

"If the Labor Party is genuine in its commitment to sustaining student services and representation on campus, it must commit to reversing VSU," Senator Stott Despoja said.