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Conor Takes NatCon: An Op-Ed

Last week I attended the National Union of Students’ (NUS) national conference and BOY, was it an intense week to say the absolute least. If you’ve heard anything about NatCon, you’ve probably heard that it lacks efficiency and transparency, or that the conference is pointless and achieves nothing. You’ve probably also been told to only […]

23 December 2017
#NUSNatCon: A Summary

NatCon was cut short this year—but it was nonetheless a long three days of heated policy debate, waiting to reach quorum and factional sledging. NatCon has a reputation for being a messy event, and it certainly didn’t let us down. Check out our liveblog if you’re a true stupol hack and want to catch up […]

17 December 2017
NatCon Glossary

N·U·S (ɛn juː ɛs) n. 1. The National Union of Students. The peak representative body of undergraduate students in Australia and the organisers of NatCon. 2. A good time. Nat·Con (nat kɒn) n. 1. The word generally used to refer to the National Union of Students’ national conference. Policy is debated, roles are elected, and a […]

11 December 2017
NatCon by the Numbers

NUS NatCon starts tomorrow, so we made some data visualisations! If you’re not a stupol hack, the information below may be a little confusing—check out our NatCon explainer first. Votes breakdown: by university This graph ranks each university by the number of votes they’ll have at NatCon. Hover your mouse over (or tap) the bars for […]

10 December 2017
What the heck is NatCon anyway?

NatCon is the national conference of the National Union of Students (NUS). This year, the conference is being held at Deakin University’s Geelong campus from 11 to 14 December. The NUS is the organisation that represents the interests of university students in Australia on a national level. Affiliation to the NUS is often a contentious […]

8 December 2017
NUS-capades: VCESS, Banks and the 2017 UMSU Budget

A motion to increase the University of Melbourne’s Student Union’s (UMSU’s) funding to the National Union of Students (NUS) has failed during today’s glacially paced, three-hour-long Students’ Council meeting.

7 December 2016
Delegating Democracy: NUS NatCon Day Three

“Student Unity you can’t hide, you’re supporting genocide!” It would be easy to find someone on the floor who’d say the NUS National Conference this year was a success — hell, most speakers proclaimed as much at some point. However, it would be just as simple to find someone who’d argue the opposite. Day Three […]

13 December 2015
The Effectiveness of Policy? NatCon Day Two Recap

“Protectionist economics is archaic — long live the free market!” It was a very slow morning on the Tuesday of NatCon. Conference did not even begin until 3pm in the afternoon — and sure enough, that led on tp a very long night. If you haven’t caught up with the most recent dealings, why not? You can follow […]

9 December 2015
NUS NatCon Day 1 Recap

“What kind of animal wakes up in the morning and thinks to themselves ‘I think I’ll join the Young Libs today’?” These were the words muttered by a member of the Grassroots Left in front of me while I waited to receive my room key. Students nationwide gather at Monash University Clayton this week to […]

8 December 2015
Letter to the Editor: Filming at NATCON

This letter is in response to the Farrago Editorial: Transparency and Accountability in Student Organisations As someone who has actually attended the National Union of Students’ National Conference, I know that it’s a lot more than just the “political push and pull” most people outside of the organisation like to dismiss it as. NatCon is a place […]

7 December 2015
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