Cowabunga! TMNT takes majority of Guild Council
By Madura McCormack
The Murdoch Now Team, headed by Guy McDonald, has emerged as the overall winners of the 2015 Murdoch student elections.
This year marks the largest voter turnout since 2011, with 4113 votes across 15 ballots.
The new Guild Executive, which will take office from 1 December, will be headed by Guy McDonald as President and Andy Hunter as General Secretary.
“We ran with a positive policy platform for making university life here more engaging, fun and vibrant and I look forward to working to continue the great work of previous Presidents like Raeesah Khan and Roland Belford,” says McDonald, paying homage to his predecessors.
“Between our two active campaigns we’ve more than quadrupled the number of votes cast in the student elections. I think that’s a huge win in and of itself.”
Brodie Skalko, from ACTION, will be the new Education Vice President. She won the position by 30 votes to oust Dean Wicken.
“She bucked the trend and won an executive spot despite her ticket not taking out the election majority. She is obviously hugely deserving and I look forward to working with her on council next year,” says Wicken, who will join council as External Representative.
Skalko says she is ‘gutted’ that Troy Treeby from ACTION has not been elected, calling him an ‘inspirational influence on council’ this year.
“I endeavour next year to fulfil my personal promise, which was also a priority of TMNT; to reboot Education Council,” she says.
Other elected members of the ACTION ticket are Sustainability Officer Lauren Hodson and Events Officer Rachel Davidson.
TMNT’s candidate for Events Officer was disqualified when polls opened because he is not a registered member of the Guild.
“Congratulations to the incoming council, regardless of the political differences I would hope that everyone can work together to do the right thing by students,” says Troy Treeby, who has been elected together with Guy McDonald as student representatives on Senate.
Out of the 9 ballots contested for Guild Council, 6 have been filled by TMNT candidates.
Independent presidential candidate Ferhan Siddiqi retains his president of the Murdoch International Student Association.
The positions of MUPSA, Mandurah Student Association and Rockingham Student Association President remain vacant.
“Thanks to the students of Murdoch for putting up with us campaigning this last week. Big thanks to those who engaged with us and voted. Bigger thanks still to those who are voted even though they’re about to leave Murdoch- people voting entirely for others than themselves was actually quite touching,” says McDonald.