The MSA Election will be held from Monday 5 October to Thursday 8 October 2020.


Together for Monash

1. How do you think clubs and societies, like AUJS, could be better supported on campus?

Together is the most diverse, representative ticket in Monash history representing over 80 unique communities on campus. Together has always had a strong relationship with AUJS, MONJSS, and the plethora of other clubs and societies on campus. Together believes that clubs and societies are best supported when their leaders hold tangible positions of power within the MSA to deliver the change, advocacy and representation their communities demand and deserve.

2. How do you believe antisemitism can be more effectively tackled on campus?

Unfortunately this election season we have already seen some of our student opposition engaging in discourse that is frankly antisemitic and racist, in particular voicing critique about the role of proud Jewish students in Together’s leadership team. Effectively fighting antisemitism on campus means having an MSA that proactively partners with organisations such as AUJS, and an MSA unafraid to stand firm against antisemitic language, actions and campaigns. It is also necessary to empower young Jewish community leaders with a platform to call out antisemitism and racism on campus.

3. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism is the internationally recognised definition on antisemitism and has been adopted by 12 campuses across Australia as well as the National Union of Students. Do you support this definition and its associated examples as best practice?

Together and the MSA accepts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism as best practice and will staunchly and unreservedly defend the definition. We will always direct resources in support of Jewish students, and indeed all students, in assisting them with prosecuting complaints of any racial or faith-based discrimination that they have experienced in connection with their time at university.


Student Voice for Monash

1. How do you think clubs and societies, like AUJS, could be better supported on campus?

Student Voice is committed to total autonomy and power of clubs and the MSA Clubs & Societies Division. A Student Voice-led MSA will commit to full funding of the division, but not interfere with its processes to ensure clubs lead themselves, as they are best placed to do. Having said that, a Student Voice-led MSA will provide numerous opportunities for collaboration with MSA departments to ensure a diversity of voices are heard, and hold regular meetings with C&S to develop a positive and fruitful working relationship so that all clubs and societies can thrive, which will benefit all students. All of our executive, office bearing, and the majority of our committee candidates have backgrounds in clubs and societies, and understand the importance of a thriving campus culture that everyone can access and find opportunities in.

2. How do you believe antisemitism can be more effectively tackled on campus?

Student Voice is appalled by the rise of antisemitism on campus and throughout the country and believe that the MSA is well placed to coordinate a student response. Our presidential candidate, James Desmond, as a history major with specialisation in Holocaust studies, has been consulting with state politicians and providing a student teachers’ perspective on proposed compulsory holocaust education in secondary schools. Student Voice believes that Holocaust education is integral to tackling antisemitism and will work with the University to provide Holocaust education to students. A Student Voice-led MSA will also create a multifaith working group under the leadership of the Environment & Social Justice Officers to tackle antisemitism and other forms of discrimination on campus. We plan to do this in collaboration with delegates from all religious clubs on campus and other student leaders. The working group will run a campaign to combat these serious issues and ensure they are not brushed under the carpet.

3. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism is the internationally recognised definition on antisemitism and has been adopted by 12 campuses across Australia as well as the National Union of Students. Do you support this definition and its associated examples as best practice?

Student Voice fully supports and agrees with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism and its associated examples, and commits to guiding all its work in line with this definition.


Student Fightback/Climate Action

This ticket has not provided a response.