Prove your humanity

The Curtin Student announced the results on Friday; Illuminate have won another election, obtaining 77 per cent of the total vote—their highest percentage to date.

The four contested positions—Education Vice President, Humanities Representative, Science and Engineering Representative and Indigenous officer—were all won by Illuminate’s candidates; Lydia Berhan, Mike Farrell, Hana Arai and Cody Robinson, respectively.

And Illuminate acquired the rest of the Guild Office Bearer positions by default prior to the elections: Finlay Nolan (President), David Jorritsma (Activities Vice President), Chris Hall (General Secretary), Sandra Rios (Curtin Business School Representative), Georgia McGrath (Faculty of Health Science Representative), Abhinav Gupta (International Student Committee President) and Romana Begicevic (Postgraduate Students Committee President). The Equity Officers elected by default were Women’s Officer Kate Le Roux, Students with Disabilities Officer Imogen Charles, and Queer Officers Tariq Alardah and Bridge Truell.

The NUS delegates voted in are Illuminate’s Hana Arai, Lydia Berhan, Chris Hall, Dylan Heywood, Nicola Gulvin and Mike Farrell, and Left Action’s Erin Russell, who had the second highest number of votes.

The Guild Councillors for 2018 are Erin Russell and Scott Sandon of Left Action, Illuminate’s Mia Arai, Katie Hutchings, Tess MacGregor, Nicola Gulvin, Katelyn Colson, Nick Latella, Lachy J Lee, and Feudalist Alternative’s Dylan Botica. Erin Russell won the most votes for councillor.

Illuminate state that their “victory is for all students who believe in a progressive and transparent guild”.

Left Action have commented that they look forward to fighting for students’ rights to affordable education, “for Curtin students’ democratic rights, and for refugees, Aboriginal people, women, LGBTIQ+ and anyone else being trodden on by the top end of town”.

This year saw an increase of voter engagement, with 1157 people casting votes compared to 937 in 2017—but this only makes up four per cent of Curtin’s entire student population.

Despite this, it’s an improvement, and it hopefully points to a positive trend in stupol engagement.