Today’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.
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.
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.