The National Union of Students is the pointy bit of the pyramid of the seething, backstabbing pyramid of student politics in Australia. In 2003, as a representative from Charles Darwin University, I made my way to the NUS Annual Conference to take part in proceedings (and to make a terrible fool of myself).
News reaches me that this year’s conference has had a big twist: Labor doesn’t hold the powerful General Secretary position. Instead, Green party member Matthew Chuk got the numbers to take the top job.
The second big twist is that he got over the line with Liberal Student votes.
This fairly dry piece from the SMH summarises the key points. Pay close attention to the lovely spin from my colleague Tim Andrews, a genuinely nice bloke and a rolled-gold Hayek fan.
In truth, as Andrew Landeryou points out, the ALSF correctly decided that putting a greenie nut in the driving seat would do both the NUS and Labor far more damage than they ever could. The enemy of my enemy …
As for me, I would suspect that Shoalhaven Clr Gareth Ward is the mind behind this lovely move. It’s certainly got his style and flair.