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WHAT A BUM: Student politician probed over pinching ANUSA plunder

VictorwhiteToday’s Canberra Times reveals the ANU Student Association has been the victim of Kathy Jackson style malfeasance, with claims at least $60,000 has been embezzled from the organisation being investigated by the local constabulary.

What they were too polite to mention is that the alleged culprit is widely known in student political circles to be frequently-serving Treasurer Victor White, who ANU sources say could have made off with as much as $100,000 via the less-than-subtle technique of just transferring it to himself.

The Canberra Times reckons the unnamed culprit has kindly offered to repay the sum in question, in apparent recognition that, if caught, he should probably not insist on retaining the funds. Very good of him. It’s not likely to diminish the zeal of authorities to prosecute what insiders insist was a brazen and blatant theft, possibly inspired by media reports that at least at the Victorian branch of the Health Services Union that systematic theft and fraud was quite OK, particularly if you went to the media with allegations denouncing others.

The Student Association has had trouble recently after its ruling Colleges-based clique “independent” ticket started falling apart when the student president was turfed out for being academically excluded.

White’s enthusiasm to serve as Treasurer of the ANU Student Association, Treasurer of the ANU Sports Association and of the entity that administers the student newspaper Woroni seems only now to make sense to appalled student politicians.

Sources familiar with White’s trail of destruction tell VEXNEWS, White was centrally involved in a programme for College students called “Inward Bound” where runners are taken to an unknown drop off point, given maps and compasses whereupon they have race to the endpoint. All good fun.

Trouble with the Inward Bound contest organised by White was that “mistakes were made” and some contestants were so misinformed by errors in the supplied information that they ended up being missing for 33 hours. He’s not the most popular lad as a result, some say.

Mr White may well be hoping he was lost in the bush too, by the sounds of things out of the ANU Student Association today. Neither he nor his student President, a Dallas Proctor, were returning calls at time of publication.

UPDATE:

More sources have come forward on Victor White:

White was also President of the Interhall Sports Organisation (an organisation that runs the sporting shield between the 8 residential colleges). No doubt the accounts are being looking into there, because it was a student-run organisation that largely existed in a vacuum. They have only just come onto the university accounts system, and I know several stories of another interhall body of which embezzling was just a done thing. If he could embezzle money, that would be the prime place to do it.

I’m not aware of any financial impropriety occuring during inward bound, but alarm bells are ringing. Their budget was inflated and full of superfluous shit when I looked over it a few months back.

I’ve been talking with other student-politco types lately, trying to discern his motives. We came up with two plausible reasons:
* He has a gambling problem.
* (my theory) He’s a sociopath who stole because he could.

And:

It’s worth noting that Dallas, the current president, was treasurer prior to Fleur being expelled. Given his background studies in commerce/law it is surprising, even concerning, that he did not realise any irregularities in the 4 months he was treasurer.

This 4 month tenure also saw the loss of assets such as walkie talkies, a digital camera and other electrical equipment. This is documented in the minutes of the SRC meeting on the 20th February. See link for details. This series of suscpious events and irregularities makes it hard to believe the are coincidental. We hope that this is not the case.

Numerous concerned students have requested that Dallas hold a crisis general meeting so that the ANUSA executitive can explain to members why they had to find out from the Canberra times when the SRC was told over a week ago. The SRC was also told to keep this a secret from students.

No response was forthcoming on a crisis meeting or any questions asked of ANUSA.

Discussion

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  1. Hey Victor White, you look quite the cutie. Perhaps I could catch up with you for a drink sometime? Afterwards I will contact your office for your mobile details so we can do what men like us do.

    Posted by C.Pine | June 7, 2012, 15:35
  2. Oh I’ve got so many horny handsome lads impersonating me it makes me quite flushed.

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | June 7, 2012, 17:36
  3. Protip, Vex, Dallas Proctor isn’t “Victor’s” president. Victor was ANUSA Treasurer in 2011, elected in 2010 and served under the presidency of Leah Ginnivan.

    The ticket Dallas was elected on was also an independent ticket, but they are not connected in any way.

    Posted by Trish | June 7, 2012, 17:48
  4. Wow, this completely ruins all my embezzlement plans for next year.

    Posted by Cameron Diaz Wilson | June 7, 2012, 18:06
  5. since when is accusing someone of being gay witty? stay classy.

    Posted by PR | June 7, 2012, 18:18
  6. Trish “not connected in any way”? Fleur & Dallas were hand picked by Leah & Victor. The two pairs had an excellent friendship and working relationship.

    Read this if you don’t believe me: http://www.woroni.com.au/articles/news/anusa-president-fleur-hawes-forced-resign

    Posted by Loreli | June 7, 2012, 18:38
  7. I might have been drunk off my face or my political enemies might have drugged me.

    Posted by Victor White | June 7, 2012, 19:53
  8. How could such poor governance practices be allowed by this organisation – these are our leaders of tomorrow – the leaders of this association need to be held accountable.

    Posted by Madge | June 7, 2012, 20:27
  9. Yawn, student pollies scraping the bottom of the barrel again. Gaol time for him is most appropriate.

    Posted by Double Trouble | June 7, 2012, 20:37
  10. Hes almost and and dodgy as me. That’s why I got rolled as NUS welfare offcer!

    Posted by Rogan McMahon-Hogan | June 8, 2012, 0:06
  11. Victor White. What a .

    Posted by anon. | June 8, 2012, 0:18
  12. Is Ian Young going to use this as an opportunity to smash ANUSA like he smashed SSU?

    Posted by Deja Vu | June 8, 2012, 0:23
  13. This pretty much absolves me from loosing $30 k.

    Posted by Issac Wright | June 8, 2012, 1:08
  14. ^^ Sorry guys, my trademark miss-spelling of ‘losing’ always gives me away! Also, it’s really nice out here in this glass house.

    Posted by Fleur Hawes | June 8, 2012, 1:53
  15. That people still believe that Victor was to blame for the IB c*ck-up stuns me.
    Anyone who is the least bit interested in that event knows that he was not in charge of course setting, or plotting of End Point. And that he just took the fall for the person who was actually responsible for confusing all of us runners and increased our run by 10-20km.

    Posted by Vexed and Misinformed | June 8, 2012, 2:12
  16. 12 months jail for Victor White and out in 6 for good behaviour.

    Cant wait to see you on the inside my sweet young thing, I’ll give you an education ANU never could have.

    *kisses* Bubba of C Block.

    Posted by Bubba | June 8, 2012, 3:23
  17. hehe u a cheeky one victor, unfortunatey the name victor is not an apt pretense for the word victory so u lose bud. eat a chunky dick sir, i am most certainly not admiring your aesthetics.

    Posted by bug bad butch | June 8, 2012, 5:12
  18. Ahhhh SSU, They were good days until Ian spoiled the party, what are they up to now?

    Posted by Caspar Cumming | June 8, 2012, 9:24
  19. The second update is a piece of shit.
    ANUSA can’t call a crisis meeting, since to call a meeting they constitutionally need to give 10 teaching days’ notice, and there aren’t any of those until late july.
    also, i would assume the reason they aren’t saying anything is because, you know, it’s a police investigation.

    Posted by flubber | June 8, 2012, 11:23
  20. This surely a bit ‘close to the bone’ for Vexnews.

    Posted by Reggie | June 8, 2012, 12:39
  21. Deja, Young didn’t smash SSU, he hurt them. Searle, Briers & team have done a great job rebuilding the SSU since purging the Socialist curse in 2010.

    Posted by Swindian | June 8, 2012, 12:46
  22. brb, jail

    Posted by Victor White | June 8, 2012, 13:22
  23. this update is some ill informed gossip rag crap. i totally agree that anusa must give a full account to the students as to how this could have happened in the first place. but trying to link lost walkie talkies to a broader conspiracy is a wank.

    i would also like to see the author of this article put their name next to their theories of gambling problems and sociopathic behaviour. pretty easy to make such comments anonymously

    Posted by Check yo facts | June 8, 2012, 14:00
  24. Anyone with info on how a slim young man like me can survive in the big house let me know please? Other than offering up my butt. thx.

    Posted by V.White | June 8, 2012, 14:18
  25. I hardly think bringing Inward Bound into this article is relevant in anyway. Unless Victor was involved in illegal actions with that event, to my knowledge he was a great organiser, one that was much needed for the sake of the event. The shortfalls in this years event were due to a number of other individuals other than Victor, so unless you want to discredit your assertions of his actions involving theft, you may want to remove that section all together..

    Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012, 14:39
  26. Who is this rookie? I’ll show him a thing or two about embezzling money from a student organisation.

    Posted by Damian Ridgwell | June 8, 2012, 15:12
  27. when the hell did they tell the police? and why am I finding this out on vexnews and not woroni?

    Posted by Anon | June 8, 2012, 15:50
  28. How did the other two ANUSA Trustees in 2011 (both Pres and VP)allow this to happen? ANUSA is a duel signatory account, so unless Victor forged their signature, it would be difficult to envisage a situation that didnt involve either Leah or Brody, or both, being negligable and treating their duties to the organisation without the respect they deserved…considering the amount stolen is so high, this is especially worrying…they too could have broken laws for not performing their statutory duties properly or for being negligent…depending on the circumstances..

    Posted by Anon | June 8, 2012, 20:04
  29. The sad pathetic amount of theories pulled out of thin air are slightly worrying.
    Who ever did steal this money deserves to be strung up and made accountable, but if it turns out that it wasn’t him, or that there were outside issues Mr. Anon source will get a large amount of karma coming their way. It is not you place to sit and accuse. “We came up with two plausible reasons”. Bullshit. Your ‘theories’ sit at the level of high school gossip. Get of your high horse you wannabe journo.

    Posted by Locke | June 8, 2012, 21:05
  30. Locke,

    Because Victor was close friends with Fleur, who was close friends with Dallas, who were both close friends with Leah.

    Not saying any of them were involved maliciously, but between friends, they probably weren’t doing their jobs.

    Posted by Anon | June 8, 2012, 21:13
  31. The above was not directed at you ‘anon’ commentator, but the anon source in the article. Someone who is clearly using this as an opportunity to gain some ground. Something I have come to expect from all side of the ANU political spectrum. A sorry state of affairs for a political arena meant to look after students.
    My point was that baseless personal attacks on people (sociopath, really?) was not cool.

    Posted by Locke | June 8, 2012, 21:34
  32. Thrilled with scandal and limited in substance this article and indeed many of its respondents are keen to denounce the ‘bum’ who ‘stole $60,000′. It is my suggestion that they should recall the principles of the legal system which they hold in such high esteem.

    Victor has not yet been convicted in a court of law nor has there been any official detail given on the matter: it is therefore reasonable to conclude that any reference to his guilt is in reality speculation and that the ‘facts’ article is based on are derived from the notorious rumour mill that is the ANU student community.

    No doubt the anonymous author of this article will attribute his work to ‘reliable’ sources.

    There is also no doubt the fraudulent party should be punished but it is detrimental to all ANU students to use the folly of one person to condemn an entire organisation that is dedicated to acting on behalf of the student community and has done so tirelessly and with integrity for many years.

    As an ANU student I would like answers as much as anyone else – but to me answers do not equate to anonymous vitriol.

    What I do doubt is how constructive the banner labelling a student ‘the not so greatest treasurer’ or how ‘concerned’ the author is as he or she publicly publishes speculation on an individuals mental state.

    Theft should be punished. In a court of law.

    Posted by Really? | June 8, 2012, 21:50
  33. to those moaning about the ‘anonymous’ author – he really isn’t, you’re just thick.

    It’s not a secret Vexnews is written by andy-landy, it’s totally public.

    see:
    http://www.vexnews.com/about/

    The old blog, ‘the other cheek’ referred to itself as “Andrew Landeryou’s Blog of Freedom” FFS.
    Nobody is anonymously sniping from the sidelines here.

    Obviously the author isn’t necessarily going to divulge their sources of course – the Canberra times wouldn’t either.

    Posted by DERP | June 8, 2012, 23:09
  34. Fleur booted, Victor corrupt. ANUSA – where low lifes go to fuck up big time.

    Posted by Anon | June 9, 2012, 2:09
  35. Look, I appreciate the very real need to get to the bottom of this, and I certainly respect Vex’s (and every other news body’s) right to report any allegations as they hear them.

    But I must say that it is disappointing to see so much of the commentary focused on bringing down not only the one accused (who might I say has not yet been found guilty), as well as anyone he has ever associated with.

    Speculation of “friends” supposedly not doing their “jobs” to allow someone to make off with this much money is absolutely ridiculous. Most of these people were not great friends before ANUSA, but became so because they were brought together by their common interest to make university life better, and give back to the students and to the institution that has already given them so much. Sure, everyone loves a conspiracy, but to even suggest that this is some kind of plan that the “friends” have all cooked up, and that the other trustees in 2011 could have possibly known about this at the time is absolute rubbish.

    I understand that the student politics- kind of involvement isn’t for everyone, but it takes a lot of guts to take on such a huge role, in whatever capacity, and to stand there week after week and take the criticism of the apathetic few who are just there to make life difficult for the ones doing the hard work, for that I respect them and what they do.

    It is however, unfortunate that these times of “crisis” seem to bring out the maliciousness in the student body, and a sad indictment that we’ve lowered ourselves to criticising the “job” done by all of these student representatives just because one person was involved in something terribly corrupt.

    As for the checks and balances – they exist, and in this case, they worked. This kind of thing could, and does, happen at any organisation – but the the point is that the whole reason this has come out in the first place in the last few weeks is because ANUSA’s financial accountability processes worked – the checks and balances caught the discrepancies. Every year, ANUSA is required to have an independent accountant undertake a full audit of it’s finances, and this is precisely why we’re hearing about the 2011 finances now – and the money will come back, and the person/s responsible will be punished.

    There has been no deception on the part of this year’s ANUSA, they are not trying to hide it from the student body, but they informed the authorities and the University administration appropriately, and are waiting on further information before announcing anything official, and rightfully so! Further, given that Woroni’s accounts are also involved, it would be unwise for them to comment or indeed release an article to the wider student body until they know more, and appropriate legal advice has been sought.

    So let’s hold off on speculation and relying on rumours – I don’t purport to know the full details, nor does anyone else – hell even the Canberra Times failed to check the very public register where it states that both ANU Student Media (Woroni) and ANUSA were already incorporated last year… These student organisations still provide a great service, and without them, you would be surprised just how much of your university experience would disappear – it’s so much more than a few O-Week events. Point is, it shocking and unfortunate, the person/persons responsible should certainly be punished, but let’s not let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch, let the police do their job, and let our student reps get back to doing the invaluable work they are required to do.

    Posted by fullyvexedbru | June 9, 2012, 15:32
  36. fullyvexedbru was in on it too!!!

    Posted by Anon | June 9, 2012, 21:11
  37. fullyvexedbru nothing would disapear except the crap

    Posted by Anon | June 9, 2012, 21:12
  38. This Definitely puts my financial mismanagement of Oaktree into perspective!

    It’s good so see that ACT State Branch President Michael Peterrson is calling for transparency and a crisis meeting. It’s a pity that he hasn’t been a student since October 2011 and therefore not eligible…

    Posted by Ryan Turner | June 9, 2012, 22:00
  39. I find that slanderous and offensive!

    Posted by Damian Ridgewell | June 10, 2012, 1:43
  40. fullyvexedbru you sound like that wanker Areti who earlier had to fend off as he says ridiculuous rubbish against him and PARSA for their senseless spending on drinking parties and pocketing students’ money. Aren’t you good friends with Victor? Guess corruption runs in the same circle.

    Posted by Wanky | June 10, 2012, 5:10
  41. Wanky,

    you sound like the guy who falsely accused Areti after sending an anon e-mail (quite apt, given this whole article). I guess wankers never let go.
    It is lucky that this whole comment section is anonymous, you would all be laughed hysterically out of campus if you had the balls to put your name to the comments.

    Posted by eyebrowraised | June 10, 2012, 12:33
  42. They all put our money in their asses.

    Posted by Anon | June 10, 2012, 14:33
  43. We wouldn’t easily dismiss whatever emails were circulated about Areti and PARSA as false. Ask any Postgrad Music student and they’ll tell you what an arrogant prick he and his office people are. Not to mention, the temper and the foul words after students rightfully barraged him with messages for his inaction in the School of Music fiasco. Besides, like ANUSA all PARSA did with their money issue was deny the allegations.

    It’s high-time for Ian Young to do something useful and close down these groups, they’re just a bunch of social clubs anyway. Just give the money directly to the student clubs and improving student facilities.

    Posted by Le Minh Ho | June 10, 2012, 14:51
  44. Le Minh Ho,

    Do you have any idea how much administration is required to get money to student clubs?
    Who do you think negotiates their insurance policies, negotiates with security to allow them to have events on campus, makes sure their money is spent properly, writes regulations, mediates disputes, etc???

    Every new policy, website, building, award, and course (etc) run by the University is commented on by students from ANUSA and PARSA before it is built/implemented. Can you imagine how un-student-friendly ANU would be if the staff decided what students needed?

    E.g. have you ever listened to a recorded lecture? ANUSA fought hard for that. Do you have friends at Unilodge? The only reason they have SRs is because students fought for it.

    Maybe you should go to an ANUSA meeting and actually see what happens, instead of mouthing off at what are some of Australia’s most successful and well-regarded student groups.

    Posted by Anon | June 10, 2012, 17:22
  45. Jeez. ANU Students are just no good at commenting on Vex. Leave this to the Victorians, please.

    Posted by Anon | June 10, 2012, 17:57
  46. This guy is dumber than me!

    Posted by Fleur Hawes | June 10, 2012, 23:57
  47. Any relation to Alexander?

    Posted by Sarah Lockhart Myles | June 11, 2012, 15:26
  48. Should I be stretching and exercising my tight man-hole in advance of spending 6 months in prison?

    Just checking if that might be best than just taking it cold from overweight, fat and bald 50 year old men in the communal C Block showers.

    Posted by V.White | June 11, 2012, 21:18
  49. ‘V.White’. Your grasp on the English language is lacking, one of the many reasons why your comments are not at all amusing. As you move past the likely age of 15, perhaps your humour will expand beyond things you’ve seen in porn. If you’re an ANU student, the place really is going down hill.

    Posted by ? | June 12, 2012, 0:02
  50. Julia Gillard was a student leader as well as one of the Fabian clowns.
    She then joined Slater & Gordon (as the labor sponsored protected species as eventual legal counsil for the AWU.
    Where she set up accounts for the AWU to assist her lover and AWU racketeer Bruce Morton Wilson to then steal more than 1m from business and the AWU.
    There are stat dec’s from the Vic AWU president that Gillard colluded and also received benefit from this theft.
    She then “separated” from Slater & Gordon with the promise she ‘would pay the money back’. This is on public record and also recorded in vict hansard.
    Gillard was then rescued by Conroy & Shorten, hidden in Brumbies office and then given a safe seat preselection ~ because the party had dirt on her as she did on them.
    And from such beginnings ~ we get our prime minister.
    And corrupted student leader active in theiving has a role model and a well trodden path to future success in the Australian labor party.

    Posted by Bill | June 12, 2012, 1:19
  51. Please, I’m scared as it is. Dont tell me what it will be like in jail with all those sex depraved big strong men. I dont think I can handle it.

    Posted by V.White | June 12, 2012, 18:26
  52. Victor, come drinking with me and afterwards I can teach you what you need to do to survive in prison.

    Posted by C.Pine | June 12, 2012, 22:31
  53. I would like Julia Gillard to mentor me so that I can rise to achieve pre-eminence for which I am fated.

    Posted by Wenchy | June 13, 2012, 0:16
  54. “Former student politician said to have entered in shady deals with the Melbourne University Student Unionthat eventually saw the downfallof the ALP administrationin 2003. Now runs a slanderous blog”

    Sounds like u r Cactus AL.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012, 0:47

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