Union presidential candidates submit flawed nominations

first_imgThe lead-up to the presidential elections for the Oxford Union has proved controversial after two of the three candidates submitted flawed nomination material.Tom Hartley, the current librarian, turned in his nomination forms without the mandatory fee of £40, whilst James Dray, a member of the standing committee, failed to mark the office he is running for.However, Niall Gallagher, the society’s Returning Officer, has declared both candidates’ nominations valid.He explained that he decided to accept Dray’s nomination because he had submitted the “right amount of money for the President-Elect position.”Despite the society’s rules that the “nomination shall not be accepted” of a candidate who does not have “sufficient or authorised means of payment.”Gallagher has since explained that he decided to declare Hartley a valid candidate because he could not “be satisfied that the rules are clear enough to render his nomination unambiguously invalid.”He added, “on the basis of the evidence I have seen, I feel I must give credence to the Librarian’s declaration (both oral and written) that he had sufficient means of payment on his person at the time of nominating.”This decision has led to concerns that a tribunal will be called if Hartley wins the election. The Standing Committee already discussed the possibility of such situation and one member has commented, “If Tom wins, there definitely will be a tribunal.”Another student stated that if a tribunal was called after the election, it would “almost certainly rule his nomination invalid.”Daniel Johnson, the ex-Returning Officer of the Union stated that such situations “made the Union look bloody stupid and re-polling was necessary.”However, he commented that “the Union is democratic, and it’s up to the members to decide who becomes President – and I’m glad that we can continue to offer the only properly run cross-campus election in Oxford.”Members of the Union have criticised failure of Dray and Hartley to submit their applications properly. A member of the Society said, “It was an exceptionally stupid thing to do for someone who wants to be President of the Union.”Another said, “I’m sure the role of the president involves more difficult things than nomination. How they are going to manage everything else?”last_img read more

With a rainforest backdrop, this large family retreat is tipped to draw plenty of attention

first_imgMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago51 Red Peak Boulevard, Caravonica.The home features polished timber flooring and extensive use of floor-to-ceiling windows, a lavish master bedroom suite with enormous separate walk-in robe and ensuite, and wraparound timber decking on the upper level, which can be easily accessed from every room.The modern entertainer’s kitchen comes complete with Miele appliances and enormous Caesarstone island bench.“There’s also a fully self-contained, separate living area downstairs,” says Mr Oberdan.“It’s perfect for families who have frequent visitors from out-of-town,” he says. 51 Red Peak Boulevard, Caravonica.Other features of the property include a sizeable wine cellar, cyclone bunker, sparkling in-ground pool with water feature, double garage with side access for additional cars, the boat or caravan, intercom, monitored alarm and airconditioning throughout.Nestled at the base of Red Peak Mountain on the Macalister Ranges, the home offers residents all the comforts of suburban living with a backdrop to World Heritage-listed rainforest and Far North Queensland’s cane fields.The home has the convenience of a central location and is a short drive to the Cairns CBD, Cairns Airport, James Cook University, numerous local private and state schools, Smithfield Shopping Centre and the stunning northern beach coastline of Cairns. 51 Red Peak Boulevard, Caravonica. Cairns Post Real Estate 30/06/18SET in the prestigious Red Peak Forest Estate against a unique rainforest backdrop, this five-bedroom family retreat embraces its surrounds with a simplistic yet elegant architectural design.Sprawled across two levels, 51 Red Peak Blvd has a clever, open-plan layout with multiple indoor and outdoor spaces, offering large families a range of living options.With the inclusion of essential tropical living requirements, including abundant spaces filled with prevailing cool mountain breezes and drenched in natural light, the multi-award winning home offers the perfect balance of style, comfort and contemporary living.Joe Oberdan moved into the property – his “dream home” – with his wife and three children soon after it was completed in 2008. 51 Red Peak Boulevard, Caravonica.“It’s quite an amazing setting there,” he says.“You see all these butterflies and native birds flying around.“The children absolutely loved living there. It’s a really beautiful place.” 51 Red Peak Boulevard, Caravonica.Combine this with the beauty of tranquil rainforest-covered mountain surroundings, panoramic ocean views, cascading waterfalls, leafy hiking trails and a lake, and you have discovered one of Cairns’ best kept secrets.Mr Oberdan says while he and his family have thoroughly enjoyed the past 10 years at, the time has come to move on to the next chapter.“We have really loved living there, but it’s just one of those sad things – we’ve moved interstate now and we’re moving on.”last_img read more