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.
Re. handling vacancies on NC, should “fail to attend a meeting four (4) consecutive times” have a specifier on which types of meetings? I figure “National Council” meetings would be appropriate. Otherwise it could be vague as to whether things like committee meetings would count (probably not), or Preselection Meetings (explicitly mentioned in constitution so probably would count).
For the sake of the discussion (and to annoy Brendan) is this a viable argument for our constitution? I mean, the amendment is specific to roles in the NC, but I don’t think our constitution has any “you must consider the context under which the constitution was amended” type rules for making these sorts of rulings. I just don’t think there’s any need to leave vagueness in the constitution.
With less than 24 hours to go (assuming I counted correctly) we’re up to 16 CAPs. If you were thinking of submitting a proposal or have feedback about an existing proposal you need to get in contact now.
You want quorum to be as high as possible, but no higher. So the way to find that level (as people seemed to decide way back when) is to gradually raise it. The trouble with that approach is what CAPs 12 and 13 (or whatever numbers they are) are meant to patch.
I am happy to answer any questions relating to them, as I’m sure the others are as well. Bearing in mind that they cannot be substantially changed at this point (although they can be amended at Congress), minor adjustments can be made to the substance if there have been errors, and the rationales may be extended if necessary.