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Left Action helps stop Liberals taking Curtin University Guild

For those of you interested Left Action hasĀ helped stop the Liberals winning control of the Curtin University Guild.

By way of background, and what has piqued my interest in this, is my article Evidently right wing hate is OK which included a reference to the Curtin Capitalist Society putting posters which read better dead than red over Left Action posters and the response this provoked from conservative Curtin students.

Well, it’s time Curtin Capitalist Society. If these posters of yours were really about your preference to be dead rather than red, what is stopping you now the new red regime is here?

In the article I also included an image of a homophobic change to a chalk up by Left Action. So the vote is also a repudiation of the homophobic wing of student politics at Curtin.

Well done to Left Action for starting the process of building a fighting Guild to defend students and stop course cuts. And go suck eggs to all those conservatives who posted in my article that Left Action had alienated students.

The ticket won President, Education Vice-President, Women’s Officer, Queer Officer, 4 Guild councillors and 3 delegates to the National Union of Students.

They send their thanks to everyone who helped with the campaign, and they look forward to a year of fighting course cuts, PAYG parking and involving students in social justice campaigns.

This is the first time the non-Labor Left has seriously contested the elections in well over 10 years!
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Comment from Mark
Time September 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Just a note, I don’t necessarily support either side, but the other party Unity, whom of which are not Liberal to my knowledge, had a higher number of members voted in, taking out Secretary and all Faculty positions. Plus, to add the number of independents voted in, it’s fairly safe to say Left Action alienated quite a large amount of the student population and as a result ended up with a minority of Guild positions.

I do love your work John, however this article comes across as a bit snide and misinformed.

Comment from Jessica Mcdermit
Time September 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

What is this shit? Was it written by a 10 year old. Learn to research and write an article moron.

Comment from Ryan
Time September 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm

you’re so full of shit and wild misinterpretations. I don’t even know where to start…

Comment from Cameron
Time September 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Left Action actually scored less people on the council than their opposition…

Comment from Lachlan
Time September 29, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Left Action don’t have guild majority, so it’s not really a “win”.

And are you seriously suggesting that the Curtin Capitalist Club go commit suicide now, the “better dead than red” posters were obviously satirical in nature. Suggesting that hate against the left wing is bad and then calling on those members to go kill themselves seems a little hypocritical.

And to suggest that someone changing action to “fagtion” is homophobic is a little bit moronic, that’s like saying insulting other people by calling them a “dickhead” is sexist.

Comment from John
Time September 30, 2012 at 8:08 am

I don’t say it is a win. Ah satire covers everything doesn’t it, including violence against or is it because of the reds? Love to stir up the Curtin conservatives. Speaking of which, did anyone read the death threat against me in my article ‘Can black people be racist?’ Just satire I guess eh? And I suppose the ‘Fagtion’ tag is just satire too? That must explain why suicide rates among young gay men are so high. Just satire. And this piece? Just satire too.

Comment from John
Time September 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

Don’t.

Comment from John
Time September 30, 2012 at 8:11 am

Will do Jessica. Will do. Thanks for the advice.

Comment from John
Time September 30, 2012 at 8:14 am

As I understand it this is the first time a clearly radical left group has stood in ten years and won seats. That doesn’t look like alienating people in my view. It looks as if it has given voice to that sizeable group of students who actually want to fight against course cuts and other neoliberal atrocities on campus and who didn’t have a voice before.

Comment from John
Time September 30, 2012 at 8:52 am

It is just satire.

Comment from Mark
Time September 30, 2012 at 9:26 am

The thing is this lefty stuff gets some attention in uni while people feel all oppressed and hard done by but as soon as they start earning, people realise that it is just that. Radical, and forget about along with everything else they learnt at uni

Comment from Cameron
Time September 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

You said they won in your first line, you talk so much shit. I see you also like to twist your own words, as well as other’s words.

Please research your articles better too, it is clear to anyone that actually attends Curtin that you get all your information from a single source. A source that lies, exaggerates and draws conclusions based completely on conjecture.

Lastly, there is no anti-homosexual wing in Curtin politics, now you are just projecting opinions onto people to justify demonising them.

Comment from Cameron
Time September 30, 2012 at 11:56 am

You also have no consistency and keep contradicting yourself. You call the opposition to Left Action a neoliberal party and you criticise liberal politics and call them right wing. Liberalism is left wing, so you are clearly lying and demonizing your opposition again.

Comment from Luke
Time September 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Do you actually research this shit before posting? Left Action have always had a strong presence on guild, this year they lost seats. If you actually knew anything about Curtin politics you would know this.

Please, just stop. You are too far from this school, and the people you talk to clearly aren’t being truthful.

Comment from John
Time September 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

The material is what Left Action wrote.

Comment from John
Time September 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm

So who chalks ‘fagtion’? And defends it? Just one bad apple? Or the same sort of people who think it is funny to post better dead than red over Left Action posters?

Comment from John
Time September 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Well Cameron, I’ve read the first line and it says ‘…Left Action has helped stop the Liberals winning control of the Curtin University Guild.’ So explain to me where I say they have won. Funny, I actually used that wording to avoid saying they had won. And you are right Cameron. I am demonising people who chalk ‘Fagtion’ on Left Action chalk ups. Such homophobes deserve nothing less. The thing I find concerning is that the right wing at Curtin can’t see such actions and ‘better dead than red posters’ as hurtful and/or threatening.

Comment from Left Action Rep
Time September 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

This is not the first time a Socialist Alternative-based left group, or Left Action for that matter, has run at Curtin for Guild, and as stated, unfortunately seats were lost.

Sorry John, however it would seem your sources are wrong.

Comment from Lachlan
Time September 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

You didn’t seem to reply to my accusation that you are telling the Curtin Capitalist Society to go off themselves, stop being a hypocrite.

Taking a 50 year old slogan and in bit poking fun using it on posters for a “capitalist” society that uses a man with a monocle and tophat for their “logo” is obviously making fun, unless the subtlety of that has gone over your head? Which it definitely seems to have done.

But just straight telling them to go kill themselves, no that isn’t satire.

Comment from John
Time September 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Here’s another report which seems to support what I wrote. http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52374