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A Creative Solution to the Dilemma of Voluntary versus Compulsory Student Union Fees

Page, James S. (2005) A Creative Solution to the Dilemma of Voluntary versus Compulsory Student Union Fees. AQ: Journal of Contemporary Analysis, 77(4), pp. 19-40.

Abstract

This essay examines the various arguments in support of compulsory and voluntary student union fees for Australian universities and concludes there is merit is both sides of the debate. It is suggested that a creative solution to this dilemma, and one that would maintain the viability of student unions at Australian universities, would be to reconstitute such unions as local government entities.

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ID Code: 3643
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This journal was formerly known as AQ or Australian Quarterly.
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Keywords: Australia, Australian Government, voluntary student unionism, VSU, compulsory student unionism, CSU, Liberal Party, Labor Party, importance of the individual, importance of free choice, control of Senate, compulsory student union fees, voluntary student union fees, up, front, student unions, union movement, philophical arguments, student amenities fee, regional Australia, right of free association, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Labor Organization, Convention 87, Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, positive associational rights, negative associational rights, right to associate, right not to associate, right, obligation, Bill of Rights, providers of services, local government entity, local government entities, student service fees, opt out, taxes, fees, rates, local government analogy, politicization, progressive, conservative, democratically elected, progressive student organizations, student union newspapers, obscenity, libel laws, conflict, creative activities, recreational activities, economic rationalism, commodification of knowledge, abolition, Australian universities, quality, university education, local government, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities, QAueensland, Australian Constitution, State Government, State Governments, Local Government (Student Centre) Act, Local Government (Student Council) Act, enrolled students, representatives, democratic elections, financially irresponsible, student population, reductions in fees, reductions in expenditure, rewsourcing, state government legislation, levy, results, withhold, withdraw, selling land, seizing, payment of rates, deterrent, non, payment, ideologues, public institutions, accountability, expectations, student representative bodies, precepts, problem of legitimacy, politically radical, culturally radical, transparent procedures, Senate Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee, Queensland Government, John Rawls, James Smith Page
ISSN: 1443-3605
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Science not elsewhere classified (160699)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian Institute of Political Science
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 02 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:30

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