[Linux-aus] Linux Australia AGM Held

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Sun Feb 2 19:15:01 UTC 2003

On Sun, 2 Feb 2003, Jacqueline McNally wrote:

> Date: Sun, 02 Feb 2003 18:44:45 +0800
> From: Jacqueline McNally <jacqueline at decisions-and-designs.com.au>
> To: linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au
> Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] Linux Australia AGM Held
> > > <quote who="Bret Busby">
> > >
> > > > NSW/ACT has control. Look at the numbers, since you raise the point of
> > > > majorities.
> > >
> > > > But, then again, maybe, it just wants to stay as Linux NSW, with its head
> > > > in the ashes.
> Bret, I was one of the locals that attended the Linux Australia AGM. 
> Admittedly, I was one of the LCA2003 delegates but I consider that if you 
> were interested in contributing to Linux Australia you would of been there. 

The AGM was part of the conference agenda, hence part of the conference 
(in the evening).

The inference was that it was only open to conference attendees. Also, 
it was not indicated as being open to people who were not either 
conference attendees or existing members.


> Personally, I consider that the only boundary for Linux Australia is the 
> Australian coastline. When voting for candidates I was not thinking about 
> where they were physically located. What was important was their enthusiasm 
> to contribute to the Australian Linux community and what skills they had, 
> that they thought were important for the role.

"the only boundary"? I do not understand the meaning of that, here.

> I am a member of Soroptimist International that has what I consider too 
> many layers, i.e. club, region, federation, and international. But to 
> function and be able to have a voice we have had to create a position 
> called Australian National Representative. I feel that it would be a grave 
> mistake for Linux Australia to create layers.

It is not a need for "layers". It was simply a suggestion for regional 

I had not imagined that regional representation, at what is supposed to 
be a country-oriented body, would meet such opposition.

> May I suggest that effective communication with Linux Australia is 
> happening for some LUGs as they have already have a person in a liaison 
> role, i.e. participates in the Linux Australia email discussion lists, and 
> other organisations and keeps their LUG informed. Linux Australia as it is, 
> is enabled to approach other organisations and government to represent 
> Linux in Australia.

And, is that not "layered"?

What I suggested, was simple enough.

The opposition is amazing, to such a simple and reasonable suggestion.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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