National Party tertiary education spokesman Paul Hutchison said students should be able to decide for themselves whether they wanted compulsory membership of student associations.
“I’m aware there are concerns by some that say there isn’t strong accountability for the money they get,” he said.
“All the time, I hear murmurings of there being inappropriate usage of student levies by the unions.”
It was important that accounts were “absolutely transparent” to show that each student dollar was being spent well on students, he said.
Dr Hutchison has stated three times this year that he wants to see Students’ Associations become voluntary. Yet it is not a National Party Policy.
For the record Dr Hutchison and National:
- Students’ Associations are incorporated.
- They are required to be externally audited.
- They are required to be registered with the companies office
- They are required to hold AGMs and keep their books open.
So where is this inappropriate use and mismanagement? The reality is there isn’t any. If there was there would be lots more cases of fraud. Which there isn’t.