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White Male Students Encouraged Not To Speak During University Of Melbourne Seminar

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White Male Students Encouraged Not To Speak During University Of Melbourne Seminar

The University of Melbourne has come under fire after a disgruntled student released details of a seminar.

A workshop was held during Radical Education Week called 'How privilege manifests in tutorials'. During the seminar, 'white males' and people who looked like 'Liberal voters' were discouraged from speaking, seemingly meant to allow for others to voice their concerns.

Chris Kounelis, president of the Melbourne University Liberal Club told The Australian: "Yet another initiative from our student union which provides little benefit for the mainstream students who pay for it.

"Students should not be ­expected to fund this left-wing lunacy out of their own pockets."

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He said every year people cough up a little more than $300 as part of the Student Services and Amenities Fee, which goes towards events, the university's magazine and student support services.

Ormond College, College Crescent, University of Melbourne. Credit: Graham Watson/Creative Commons
Ormond College, College Crescent, University of Melbourne. Credit: Graham Watson/Creative Commons

As a result, Chris is fuming that a portion of that money, which all students have to pay regardless of whether they attend any event or use any service, has gone into funding the Radical Education Week.

Student Thomas Carlyle-James also told The Australian while he didn't go to the controversial seminar, he was annoyed that his university was becoming a ground where only certain views were allowed.

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"There's generally this sort of idea that Liberals are all racist, rich, white kids," he said.

"I know plenty of Liberals and none of them are racists and they aren't as wealthy as people think and are also from all different ­nationalities."

UMSU president Molly Willmott said the seminar was about trying to 'encourage free speech' and 'giving space to people who don't feel included' on the uni's campus.

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Topics: News, Melbourne, Australia

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