St Paul's College Union Online

From the President

In December we held a special general meeting and the members present unanimously endorsed the new constitution. As a result the Union has incorporated and we held our first AGM under these rules in December 2020.

At its meeting on 19 May the Committee resolved to call a Special General Meeting of the Union to be held at the earliest convenient date, advising that the Council is considering adopting a co-residential model for the Undergraduate College. Unfortunately COVID lockdown intervened before we could arrange this and a meeting was held online on 16 October. That meeting considered a motion moved by Mr Steve Ingate and seconded by Mr Jacob Harris, “that this Union opposes the proposal to admit women to the undergraduate college”. Of the 3499 eligible members, 103 (3% of members) attended the meeting. The vote results were: 220 in favour (6% of members) – 140 against (4% of members), therefore the motion has been passed.

Thank you for all comments and contributions which were excellent and particularly Mr Ingate, Mr Harris, Mr Ford and Mr Armitage for your special contributions during the discussion.

The Union is committed to supporting the College regardless of the Council’s decision on this matter.

Kind regards

Aldy King

up-dated October 2021

What's On for Paulines

Events Semester 2 2021

While Sydney is in lockdown Union events are suspended

Union Membership

• The Pauline annually in the post (if requested)
• Boomalakka news by email
• Travelling Scholarships for Union members who are still studying (by application and assessment)
• Tickets to the annual Union Black Tie Dinner (member pricing, guest pricing) (limited to 180 to fit in Hall)
• Country Dinners
• London Dinner
• Rawson and Rose Bowl free events – Union drinks and food for members only and one guest
• Union nights at The Sals
• Chaplaincy support


Report from Julian Vidal (2017 – present) BA/LLB, Byron Bay NSW






The St Paul’s Union Travelling Scholarship has enabled me to undertake an offshore law unit, Japanese Law. I found this unit highly relevant to my university degree and my career goals to develop an understanding of Japanese law and enhance the Australian-Japanese bilateral relationship. The intensive law unit was taught over a two-week period at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and Tokyo, and it was administered by academics from the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) as well as Japanese academics.

Throughout the unit, I acquired an understanding of the Japanese legal system, which is based largely on the continental European model. This is significantly different to the Australian model, which is based on the common law legal tradition. Thus, while the unit was based on familiar concepts such as contract, corporate governance and constitutional law, it introduced and unpacked these from a Japanese perspective. I found that aspects such as constitutional law were particularly important in acquiring a nuanced understanding of strategic and geopolitical issues in East Asia. This is especially so for Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, which prohibits Japan from initiating armed conflict. Attempts to revise this clause have proven a diplomatic powder keg for nations such as China and Korea, which suffered under Japanese imperialism in the 20th Century. Perhaps most importantly, an understanding of Japanese regulations and consumer law will be essential for Australian industries, such as manufacturing and agriculture, that aim to acquire a larger share of the Japanese market. This view is buttressed by the fact that Japan remains Australia’s second largest trading partner and Australia’s largest source of foreign direct investment.

The Union Travelling Scholarship has given me the opportunity to learn about Japanese law such that I am prepared to work on international legal issues as well as Australia’s economic, political and security relationship with Japan. I feel that it has helped to prepare me to develop effective policy and strategic ties between Australia and Japan, and more broadly, with the Indo-Pacific region. I once again thank the College Union for giving me the opportunity to participate in the offshore study program.