[Linux-aus] Linux Australia AGM Held
wildfire at progsoc.uts.edu.au
Sat Feb 1 21:26:02 UTC 2003
On Fri, Jan 31, 2003 at 05:22:56PM +0800, Bret Busby wrote:
> Without knowing exactly the purpose, membership, or constitution of
> Linux Australia
... perhaps you could look over
<URL: http://www.linux.org.au/org/charter.phtml> then so you can see
what the point of LA is.
> , from the makeup of the committee, if NSW/ACT
> representation is removed, there are only two members left (of the
> seven); Victoria and WA, in terms of states/territories.
> Perhaps, the new committee could review the constitution, in terms
> of themakeup of the committee, in terms of one representative position
> for each state/territory, so as to balance the representation.
Why? Linux Australia isn't a representative body. Most other national
bodies (e.g. AUUG) seem to run fine without geographical constraints in
I must say it is rather annoying that this complaint is coming from a
West Australian. 50% of the attendees at Linux.Conf.Au were locals. From
the attendence records I saw, only about 30% of the people at the AGM were
If I was going to make modifications -- and we probably are, so now is a
reasonable place to discuss pros' and cons' -- you'd probably want
something which ensures some degree of continuity.
Something like what student clubs have (IPP: Immediate Past President)
> It is not that I have anything against any of the committee members - I
> hardly know them - but to me, my suggestion makes it more
> representative of the Australian federation, and therefore, it would
> make Linux Australia a more representative body, and therefore, its
> actions would be more likely to involve the interests of the whole of
> the country.
Well, as you point out there are people from various states; but no one
particular state has a majority in the committee. That should stop your
immediate concern about one state or the other "taking over" the running
In the past (since formation actually), NSW has always held a majority
of positions on the committee. I don't think the previous committee have
been tilted in favour of any particular state; in fact I think you'll
find most of us have been at pains to ensure that that perception never
speaking for myself,
`` We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never
leaves. '' -- Buddha, The Dhammapada
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