[Linux-aus] Re: [LACTTE] Constitution Version 6 - Last one!

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Thu Jan 8 10:15:02 UTC 2004

On Thu, 8 Jan 2004, Anthony Towns wrote:

> Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 09:44:07 +1000
> From: Anthony Towns <aj at azure.humbug.org.au>
> To: linux-aus <linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au>
> Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] Re: [LACTTE] Constitution Version 6 - Last one!
> On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 08:40:35AM +0800, Bret Busby wrote:
> > On Wed, 7 Jan 2004, Stewart Smith wrote:
> > > And welcome to democracy! We encourage people having a say. This is why
> > > we wanted to put all changes to constitution etc forward at a GM at the
> > > conf - where the overwhelming majority of our members would be able to
> > > be there IN PERSON, participate, feel and *BE* involved.
> > Again, that clearly demonstrates that Linux Australia is 
> > really only for conference attendees. Your words above - not mine.
> > And, once again, people can communicate, and, can debate issues and vote 
> > on the issues, across the Internet, using simple tools, like email, etc. 
> Unfortunately discussing and voting over the Internet isn't an alternative
> that's available; the alternative that's available is to have the vote
> on the new constitution at a physical meeting other than the conference,
> which would certainly be attended by even fewer people.
> In any event, communicating and debating issues over the Internet is
> already possible, and is already happening.
> I'm sure that if members aren't able to make the conference, but wish
> to have particular concerns taken into account at the AGM, that the
> president will be happy to read or summarise brief statements on important
> issues. It's already been made clear that (e)postal votes from members
> will be accepted. If you want to discuss things in email in advance,
> you certainly can.
> While I can understand that you might feel disaffected nevertheless,
> I can't see how the committee could possibly have done anything better.

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