A formal call for Notice of Motion(s) has been made for this year’s eAGM and any proposal will need to be lodged before 5pm 22 February 2014.
Notices of motion proposed for General Meetings (including an electronic Annual General Meeting) are
- usually of major significance: that is, they involve a change of Constitution, or of significant operating procedure, or of major policy direction;
- a Notice of a motion and voting on any motion can only be made by a financial member of Civil Liberties Australia;
- motions are not usually used for minor differences of opinion, for personality-based matters, or for other minor issues.
Before putting forward a notice of motion for this electronic AGM process, please consider whether something you may want to raise could be handled in a simpler way, for example:
- request for consideration of an issue by the board of directors;
- development of a policy paper, or optional policy position (you may like to draft one);
- commissioning of research on a topic, issue or policy;
- writing of an opinion piece for the website (the editor/webmaster welcome contributions at all times of the year, not only around the eAGM, etc).
If it would help you, please consider discussing a proposed notice of motion with the President or the CEO/Secretary before putting it into the online system. Initial contact details are:
Lodging a Notice of Motion
Members wishing to propose a motion can do so by entering their draft motion and a supporting statement on the following form. Proposed draft motions must be received by the Secretary by 5pm 22 February 2014. All proposals will be considered by the CLA Board at its Board meeting 23 February 2014 as to whether they will be included in the eAGM ’14.
Debate on Proposed Motions
Those draft motions that meet the requirements for consideration at the eAGM will be available for on-line debate/comment from 24 February 2014 to 7 March 2014.
Formal motions will be advised on-line and voting will occur between 9 March to 23 March 2014. Members with an email address can vote on-line. Members without email will be advised by post and can lodge a postal vote (postal votes must be received by the Returning Officer by COB 23 March 2014).
Members are reminded that the election of office holders occurs every two years with the next election due next year.