The General Secretary for the National Union of Students, Nathan Croft, has responded following the appearance of racist flyers bearing the NUS logo in two Melbourne universities.
Croft said that the NUS does not tolerate any form of discrimination.
“I think this is childish, racist, and I think whatever organisation spreads this kind of message has no place in Australia,” he tells upstart.
“NUS is completely against these posters. The content itself is everything NUS stands against. We pride ourselves as an organisation that stands for inclusivity and cultural appreciation for everyone in Australia,” he said.
The flyers stated in simplified Chinese characters that Chinese people were not allowed into the building, otherwise they would be deported. Posters in both universities clearly showed NUS’ logo at the bottom of the page.
Was shocked when seeing this post that said Chinese students are not allowed to the building otherwise they'll be deported! pic.twitter.com/LV2ZXkw3PM
— Lisa Lu (@lisatinglu) July 24, 2017
The NUS and both universities took immediate action to rectify the situation.
Monash University issued a statement condemning the situation.
“We actioned immediately, removing all the posters and contacting student leaders. Since then, we have contacted the local police and Monash City Council,” they said.
“Monash is committed to providing a welcoming, safe environment that is free from discrimination and where every student and staff member is treated with dignity, courtesy and respect.”
Campus security immediately removed all posters and CCTV was handed to Victorian Police.
According to Yahoo7, police spokeswoman Danielle Fleeton confirmed in a statement that the posters were being investigated.
“Every Victorian has the right to feel safe and secure in the community and Victoria Police will not tolerate any attempts to incite hatred or violence.”
— Andy Wrathall (@AndyWrathall) July 24, 2017
This follows a similar incident in February, when a neo-Nazi group plastered Melbourne CBD in racist posters.