Name: Ana Obradovic
Preferred Name: Ana
Degree and year of study?
1st year of M. Teach
What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold?
Students nationwide are under attack from politicians and Vice Chancellors on the warpath. Our student unions should be leading militant fightback and building our power through mass protest. Instead, they are tepid and right-wing, sucking up to those who attack us and begging for a seat at the table.
To change this situation, our unions must be run by people who have proven themselves as left-wing activists. I'm proud to have spearheaded the fight against education cuts and climate inaction on campus, as well as solidarity campaigns with BLM, Palestine, refugees and women's rights. I want to bring those politics to our student union.
More broadly, I am inspired by the radical history of socialist student unionists who 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 Clubs are you involved with at UofA?
I'm the president of Socialist Alternative Adelaide University, and a member of the Adelaide University Film Society.
What led you to join the club(s)?
Respectively: my desire to build the revolutionary left while at uni instead of wasting my time navel-gazing, and my love of cinema.
Favourite holiday destination/activity?
Favourite place to study on campus?
Barr Smith Library reading room
What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2022?
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 hope the presence of revolutionary leftists in the SRC will inject some of the radical politics that made student unions so powerful and progressive in the past. I hope we can beat back Hoj's cuts and mergers, begin building a radical climate movement on campus, and bring some class consciousness into the politics of students who are trying to understand the world and how to change it.
What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?
To not accept the conservative narrative repeated in classes that students must compromise and accept society 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.