Ana Obradovic

Preferred Name: Ana

Degree and year of study? B.Arts (Hons) in History

What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold? The radical history of student unions who previously led struggles against the Vietnam War and apartheid South Africa, fought for Aboriginal rights, and established support funds for striking workers and bail funds for protesting students. 

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2021? I hope to pose a challenge to the right-wing careerists affiliated to the major parties who enter student unions to fluff their resumes and drive student unionism into the ground. Student unions are meant to be left-wing, activist bodies that fight for student interests, both on and off campus. That means being uncompromising in advocating for things like immediate action on climate change, an end to attacks on university funding and staff, and major expansions to wages and welfare. I don't want to use my position to suck up to people in power, I want to fight them. 

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA? I'm the president of Socialist Alternative Adelaide University, and media liaison for the Adelaide University Film Society.

What led you to join the club(s)? Respectively: my desire to not waste my time navel gazing at uni without action, and my love of cinema.

Favourite holiday destination/activity? Beach

Favourite place to study on campus? Barr Smith Reading Room

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide? To not accept the conservative narrative trotted out in classes that students must compromise and accept the system as it is. So much in the world needs to change. Students can play a role in being the spark for collective, uncompromising movements that can make the world a better place.