Further debate centred around the NUS approach to the anticipated 2018 Federal election. Unity added a pro-Bill Shorten amendment to a motion on federal election campaigns. This highlighted the prominent role of Labor factionalism at the NUS, as the twice-debated motion descended into chaos. Unity accused the NLS of being unsupportive of Labor, while NLS suggested the amendment was not in the true interests of students. Fringe factions SAlt, NI and Grassroots all opposed and decried the amendment and surrounding debate.
Discussion of education policy came to an abrupt end at 4.20 pm, when a deviation from standing orders by one SAlt delegate caused the Secretariat to close the floor. When we return, the debate will move to the seven international policies to be passed en bloc.