Erin Milne: Candidate for CIESJ Councillor

Glass invited all candidates to submit a statement about why they’re running in the Guild elections and why you should vote for them. This statement is being published as received from the candidate.

Voting opens MONDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2023. You can read all candidate statements here.

Hi, I’m Erin Milne and I am running for CIESJ Councillor and NUS Delegate with Left Action.Left action is an activist ticket that wants to fight against injustice and for student rights.

This year has been tough for students. There’s a cost of living crisis and sky high rent putting huge economic pressure on students. But the Labor government and our university administration have done nothing to address these crises. Students’ conditions should be going forward, not backwards. Our union needs to get organised and fight back. This is what a student union is: a political, fighting body that can organise students to fight for their rights. Students have a lot on the line and a lot to gain; all we have to do is fight for it.

Over the past year I’ve been involved with organising protests through Socialist Alternative. These protests covered a range of issues, from cost of living to the climate crisis. We protested transphobe Posie Parker earlier this year and just recently organised a counter-protest to a No rally organised by Jacinta Price and the racist No campaign. I also regularly participate in Guild SRC Council meetings to argue for a fighting strategy in the union. This is what I, and Left Action, think the way forward is for the QUT Guild. We need action, not complacency. With an activist strategy the QUT Guild could be leading the fight for better conditions both on and off campus. That’s why I think all students who want a left-wing union should vote 1 for Left Action.

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