As I suggested at the inaugural meeting of the CRC, it seemed more appropriate based on what we were discussing to take most of it to the forum and break out into active meetings when we need to bash out specifics or whatever.
For now I’m going to focus on membership levels. @dcrafti discussed a desire to allow multi-party membership in the Constitution. My interpretation of his proposals was both to allow members of other parties to join ours, and also to allow full members of PPAU to join other parties in “supporter” roles but not as full roles.
I am open to the former, but opposed to the latter. In order to implement the former, I am suggesting that we modify the current membership model into the following:
- Full: must be exclusively a member of PPAU and must be enrolled to vote.
- Permanent Resident: for those members who are Australian residents but are unable to enrol to vote due to being foreign nationals at the current time. Would extend privileges within the Party to all those of a Full member except where not legally allowed federally or in the relevant state branch. Proof of permanent residency would be required for this level.
- Supporter: may be members of other parties or no parties. Basically the current “associate” member level but with a clearer name.
- International: a subtype of supporter level, but for non-Australian persons.
While I am opposed to allowing full members of PPAU to join other parties in support roles, I am sympathetic to the arguments in favour of it. I would support a vote on the matter but will not contribute a proposal.
Happy to hear everyone’s opinions on my proposal above.