For Immediate Release
19th July 2001
Staunch Alliance Gathering A Success
Staunch Alliance, the youth and activist wing of the Alliance, held its second National Gathering over the weekend (14th
and 15th July) at the Christchurch College of Education.
"Staunch, with it's growing membership base, will play an active role both inside and outside of the Alliance, with the
goal of providing a strong platform upon which the progressive youth voice can be heard.....by everyone!" said Sean
Gourley, National Co-Spokesperson.
Discussions covered a wide range of topics including free trade, suicide, health, education and tax. There were also
elections held for the positions of National Spokespersons (2) and the Staunch Alliance representative on the Alliance
National Council. Rebecca Matthews was elected National Council rep, while Sean Gourley and Julie Fairey were elected
National Spokespeople. (see contact details below).
Key policy decisions made were:
a.. to oppose bonding - proper work force planning and an incentive scheme, along with a publicly funded and run
tertiary education system, will meet the same objectives more equitably
b.. to support the wiping of the Student Loan Scheme - recognising that this is the most practical solution to the
massive student debt problem - we will also be supporting and campaigning for the adoption of appropriate intermediate
steps, such as wiping all interest (including retrospective interest)
c.. to support the establishment of Universal Student Allowances - students are currently the only part of society who
have to borrow to live and we seen this as fundamentally unjust
d.. to oppose free trade and trade liberalisation moves, including the Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement, and support moves
toward fair trade initiatives
"The Gathering has identified a number of key issues to work on, as well as making several important policy and
The weekend was a great chance for activists from Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury to meet, plan and discuss, with an
aim to building for the future" said Julie Fairey, National Co-Spokesperson.
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