Is the bill allowing students freedom of association really the most important piece of legislation for Labour?
It must be when their serial filibustering is wasting $453,000 for every hour parliament sits.
Meanwhile the Otago University Students Association shows why voluntary membership should be permitted.
Among the issues its memberswere asked to consider in a recent referendum was:
Should OUSA adopt the following as external policy: ‘That OUSA opposes factory farming and the sale of factory farmed products (including eggs, chicken and pig products) and therefore requests that all campus food outlets use free-range products?’
Yes 1616 (74%)
No 573 (26%)
Total votes 2189
Total present 2606 (quorum met)
Otago has about 20,000 students. Only a little more than 10% of them bothered to vote and now they’ve been lumbered with this policy which has nothing to do with education or student welfare which ought to be OUSA’s core business.
It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with animal welfare either, it’s a policy based more on emotion than reason.
If it was implemented it would add significant costs to the food available on campus which is something the OUSA would be concerned about if it cared more for its members than political crusades.