After spitballing a bit on IRC, @Frew suggested I write these up as formal proposals, so I did. Then I kept going. Nothing new about that, lol.
Changes to the positions on the National Council
- Abolition of Deputy Treasurer, Registered Officer and the two Councillors.
- They are replaced with: Fundraising Officer, Volunteer Coordination Officer, Communications Officer and Campaign Management Officer.
- Registered Officer is merged into Secretary, Party Agent merged into Treasurer.
Changes to language for preferential voting
- Cumbersome language around how we vote removed. Doesn’t make sense anymore at this stage for the Party.
- Explicitly list Schulze. If we want to change it, change the Constitution.
- Add definition for Schulze (and a sneaky link to Wikipedia).
Changes to handling vacancies on the National Council
- Cause a position to automatically expire if member fails to attend 4 consecutive meetings or vanishes for 2 months.
- Provides provisions for causing an election of that position, as we now have the technical capacity to handle such a situation.
Capitalise constitution everywhere
- Pedants gonna pedant.
Explicitly disallow state branches from registering as a federal party or division
Add the paragraph to Article 2.1 (State and Territory Branches):
- No State or Territory Branch may register as a federal political party, nor as a division of the Federal Party.
Kill bureaucracy 10 years in advance. Parties have this dirty habit of spending too much time on developing mechanisms of control and bureaucracy. Disallowing this is future-proofing to stop in-fighting and ensure the federal party remains the central point for federal elections insofar as handling AEC bureaucracy is concerned and stops the ‘regionalisation’ of the Party.
Vote down any further extension to the constitutional quorum
We’re already at 20% and I see no benefit of this going higher. It was a novel and useful idea at the creation of the party, as we’ve gone from 10% to 20% since 2009, though going any higher than this will only burden us going forward. High quorum is not necessarily best quorum.
I will motion that this be voted down on the floor of Congress, defeating the provision, causing Article 9.1(4) to be automatically deleted as a result.
Discuss, or not.