A reader of this website has asked that the following two motions be circulated, supported and submitted by any respective members or ECs.
To whom it may concern,
Attached are the two motions we have put together for the next Liberal Party State Council. We are seeking to get as many groups within the Party to submit these or reworded versions to the State Director (copy to the State President and others) in order to get the topics on the Agenda.
If you are agreeable could you please distribute copies of these to as many people as possible. Branches, SECs, FECs and any 10 individuals who are Party members can sign the submission of any motion. Motions need to be with the State Director at StateCouncil@vic.liberal.org.au before the close of business on April 23.
A MEMBER IN CARRUM
State Council Motion
Eligibility to vote or hold office at SEC and FEC meetings
“That the Constitution of the Victorian Division be changed such that, with the exception of those grandfathered in the 2008 Constitution changes, only members of an SEC or FEC who are on the Electoral Roll in the respective Electorate have voting rights at meetings of the relevant Electorate Conference and only they can hold office on the Executive or in delegate positions of the respective SEC and FEC.”
A number of electorate conferences are being ‘stacked’ with persons from outside the electorate thus corrupting the democratic process within the Party and disenfranchising members within those electorates. This ‘stacking’ action demoralises true Liberals and causes a deterioration in their willingness to participate and ultimately leads to their leaving the Party or withdrawing from active membership.
This motion doesn’t restrict a person or persons joining the electorate of their desires. What the motion does is to bring the voting rights of each individual into line with the rules that govern voting in Parliamentary elections.
After all, no one can go to the Australian Electoral Commission and ask that despite residing in Higgins they would rather cast their vote for candidates in Wentworth.
This motion aligns the Liberal Party with the democratic ideals of Australian culture.
Party members –
State Council Motion
Democracy within the Liberal Party
“That the Constitution of the Victorian Division be changed such that, all electable positions, from Branch, State Electorate and Federal Electorate Officers, State Administration and Committee officials, including the State President shall be elected by a vote of all financial Members in the relevant jurisdiction.”
The current delegate appointment requirements of the Party’s Constitution evolved in the days when the tyranny of distance meant many could not afford the cost or time to attend State Council or similar Party meetings. The transport and communication methods now available make reliance of delegates to represent our views unnecessary and add a level of complexity to the simple option of universal voting.
The present delegate system, voting methods and requirements can no longer meet any reasonable methodology of a truly democratic party seeking to represent today’s democratic society.
To ensure that the Liberal Party remains relevant and can attract new members it must offer members a way to have a voice that is not only recognised but heard. The way to do that in a democratic society, organisation or Party is to allow all members to vote whenever possible.
There would seem to be no obstacle to implementing a system of voting for elected positions in the Liberal Party that is the same as that recently used to elect local government Councillors.
Party members –