Badge - I Support My Student Union, Australia, 1994-2005 Object Reg. No: HT 4679

This badge, alternatively known as a button, was created between 1994 and 2005. The slogan 'I Support My Student Union' links it to the debates about Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) at Australian universities. Voluntary Student Unionism was made law by the Howard government in 2005. Advocates of Voluntary Student Unionism argued that the enforced payment of fees to a university's student union was equivalent to forced unionisation. Opponents of VSU claim that if students are not collated together into one union, they have no unified voice. The debate became something of a political football between the ALP and the Liberal Party.
This is a circular, plastic coated metal badge in blue, white and black. The white text appears within a blue starburst motif, which itself sits on a black background. A metal pin is attached to the back.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Jon Sumby, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Measured 2.10.08

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Tagged with: protests, student movement
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Education
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Obverse: I SUPPORT MY/ STUDENT/ UNION
Place & Date Used: Australia, 1994-2005

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