‘Guys, seriously. It’s beyond a joke at this point. People from my work are seeing it, and I’m getting asked a lot of uncomfortable questions - particularly ‘What are you doing this weekend?’ I’d just really appreciate if we could cut it out on the sex addict front. Regards.’
Those words, escaping the mouth of the Deputy President-elect, represent one of the most significant challenges the UQLS will face in 2019.
In a severe threat to The Obiter’s journalistic independence, and thus the integrity and honesty of the UQLS itself, the Deputy President-elect, Mr H Bretz, has threatened to cease funding to The Obiter if articles about his alleged sex addiction continue to be posted.
The Obiter relies on the funding of the UQLS to stay afloat, and to pay its editors salaries well in excess of $740/week. Without the gracious financial bursaries provided, quality news and investigative reporting of the Law School, the University, and the country, would cease to exist as we know it.
But this act of aggression from the Deputy President puts us in a position that some would describe as untenable. Others would describe it as ‘Yeah, just stop posting made-up articles about someone’s sex addiction. It’s cooked.’
A series of phone messages from the Deputy President made his position abundantly clear (his position regarding The Obiter, not the position he traditionally adopts when consummating an evening of sex addiction).
‘It’s just a bit dog, guys, I truly am getting sick of it, and you’ve been getting fewer and fewer likes ever since you started posting them. Might be time to try another joke?’
The integrity and independence of this organisation will never cease. When they go low, we go high. When they say jump, we ask how high, and then we refuse. Our tireless reporting will not halt in informing the public of the myriad details which make up a Law Society.
We will never surrender.