> However, I think the appropriate way to deal with introducing such rules
> might be to bring in a motion to have the changes to the constitution
> described effected at the AGM BEFORE a vote for the exec. If the
> membership votes at the meeting that the amendments are a good idea, they
> should apply for the subsequent vote.
There are two problems with this:
1. A constitutional amendment requires an SGM which requires 21 days
Therefore, we do not have time to introduce the change by way of a
constitutional amendment. (Read the announcement carefully, we are not
this point in time amending the constitution.)
2. This is about protecting ProgSoc from a stacked ballot. If the ballot
not stacked, then the change is not required for this AGM. If it is, the
will not pass. (Assumption: Those who support Chi would in fact vote
such an amendment simply because supporting it would stop them from
their candidate(s) in.)
> In this way, changes could be brought in "democratically" and could no
> longer be seen as a defence mechanism for the current exec, and the
> membership could decide. This of course assumes 2 things :-
> 1) That enough people interested in seeing Progsoc remain stable show up at
> the AGM to counter any vote "stacking" by any small group.
This is my hope. If it occurs, the action that we have taken is in fact
unneccessary for this year's AGM. I actually hope that this happens.
> 2) That the current constitution would allow for such a change before the
> new exec is voted in.
Not enough time - see above.
> I also think two 6-month terms are more realistic given the structure of
> the courses at UTS (ie industrial training and a large number of mature age
> and/or part time students) Two year terms are definitely too long.
Agreed. We may yet see 6 month terms.
> Roland, I'd welcome any comments on what I've said, particularly whether or
> not it would be constitutional to bring your proposed changes in just prior
> to the vote.
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