AUSA has retracted its $5,000 reward for anyone who makes a citizen's arrest of Condoleezza Rice. I suspect someone pointed out to them their liability if a student trying to “win” the $5,000 got seriously injured doing so.
The AUSA President, David Do, who offered the reward is an active Labour Party member and a former Princes Street Branch Chair. Maybe a journalist can ask Helen her view of her party members trying to get the US Secretary of State arrested? [UPDATE: David Do tells me he resigned his Labour Party membership last year]
I've been told that the even bigger dicks in VUWSA has gone and offered a $10,000 reward – if true this would be from compulsory student fees.
The Canterbury student politicians seem more sensible, quoting the UCSA Blog:
As a student association, is this really their core business? Does arresting Condi help students in any way?
It's crazy shit like this, which casts doubt on the credibility of Student representatives/politicians, and really hampers the effectiveness of our core responsibility, which is to represent students at our respective Universities.
Meanwhile Whale Oil offers his own $5,000 reward for a citizen's arrest:
Popular and competent blogger Whaleoil has followed the lead of the auckland university Students Association in offering a $5000 reward for the arrest of a well known criminal who has recently entered New Zealand: Winston Peters.
“And just before Peter Low gets on the phone, the competition is not open to triad gangs,” adds Slater.
Heh. For the avoidance of doubt I will point out the post is satire, not a literal accusation of criminal behaviour!