As you can tell from all the facebook spamming and chalking around uni, yes – it’s UMSU student election week *groans*. If this is your first year at Melbourne Uni, you’re in for a treat! This week will be the ultimate test of your patience and your sanity.
To set the record straight – although I’m not a fan of election week and all the relentless harassment on campus, I still think that it’s important to read up on what each party is offering and VOTE because whoever is elected will have the power to spend our SSAF money. (See what UMSU has been spending on with our SSAF here.)
Plus, remember what happened with the whole Margaret Thatcher thing? Well..that’s another reason why you should vote!
SO – This week you will be nagged at, you will be chased by campaigners, and they may even stalk you to your lecture! In my first year, I had no clue how to handle campaigners! So here are some phrases and tips I’ve learnt from first year to help you deal with campaigners:
1. “Sorry I’ve already voted”
2. “Sorry I’m not from Melbourne Uni”
3. “I’m a staff member, I can’t vote”
4. “Me no speak english”
5. “Someone from your party has already spoken to me” or “You have already spoken to me”
7. “Sorry I’m not interested”
But this one may backfire because they may attempt to get you interest in the whole election and start talking even more
8. “Sorry I don’t have time, I’m running late to a lecture”
Yes, late to an imaginary lecture!
9. Avoid Union house
10. “Yes, I’ve just voted for your party”
Good luck with election week!