Your Say

Next Online Referendum

10th Sept 2011

OUSA is ultimately governed by the view of its members - all students enrolled at the University of Otago.
OUSA seeks guidance from our members via an online vote or referendum.
Each online vote is preceded by a physical debate, usually held in the Main Common Room during term time.
We usually hold two referenda per year - one in each semester.

The rules governing procedure are outlined in the OUSA Constitution. A referendum is binding if 5% of students vote on the question. Anything less and it is considered indicative only.

Below are documents to assist you with decisionmaking in the online referendum
Referendum motions: these are the questions you will be voting on
Notes 3.0 of proposed 2011 OUSA Budget
Constitution put to students in July referendum
Constitution with proposed amendments
List of proposed amendments
Explanation of proposed amendments


Minutes

FACT

Should the Otago University Students' Association Annual Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2010 be received and accepted?

Yes 41%
No 3%
Abstain 55%
Total votes 2644

Should the Otago University Students' Association Annual Report for 2010 be received and accepted?

Yes 45%
No 2%
Abstain 51%
Total 2601

Should PricewaterhouseCoopers be appointed as Auditors for the Otago University Students' Association for 2011?

Yes 49%
No 6%
Abstain 43%
Total 2585

Should Anderson Lloyd be appointed as Honorary Solicitors for the Otago University Students' Association for 2011?

Yes 48%
No 4%
Abstain 46%
Total 2571

Please choose your preferred option of the following proposed amendments to the Constitution and Rules?

Option A 12%
Option B 10%
No change 9%
Abstain 68%
Total 2545
As neither option A or option B gained a two thirds majority, the constitution remains as it is currently.

Should OUSA adopt the following as external policy: 'That OUSA opposes factory farming and the sale of factory farmed products (including eggs, chicken and pig products) and therefore requests that all campus food outlets use free-range products?'

Yes 62%
No 22%
Abstain 14%
Total 2606

Should OUSA rescind the Student General Meeting motions 14/92, 16/06 and 17/06, and void the referendum result of 25-27 July 2005, and adopt the following motion as external policy: 'THAT OUSA recognises the existence of the Code of Student Conduct and will work with the University to ensure that students' best interests are taken into account in its application'?

Yes 59%
No 10%
Abstain 29%
Total 2551

Should OUSA adopt the following as external policy? "That OUSA oppose any changes to the 2011 government budget that reduce access to interest free student loans"?

Yes 71%
No 13%
Abstain 14%
Total 2558

Should OUSA adopt the following as external policy? "That OUSA actively campaign against any changes that reduce access to interest fee student loans"?

Yes 76%
No 12%
Abstain 11%
Total 2524

Imogen Roth
Returning Officer