[Linux-aus] Agenda for SGM, AGM 15 Jan 04

Stewart Smith stewart at linux.org.au
Sat Jan 10 17:21:47 UTC 2004

On Sat, 2004-01-10 at 19:04, Bret Busby wrote:
> The agenda above, for the SGM, does not specify whether the proposed 
> changes are to be voted on, individually, eg "Motion: that section x of 
> the constitution be amended by..., and that section y of the constituion 
> be amended by ..., so as to accommodate the former amendment", or that 
> the constitution is to be changed by a single vote; eg "Motion: that the 
> constitution be replaced with the proposed amended constitution version 
> 6".

Although I am not chairing the meeting (so am not speaking with absolute
authority) - a common, sensible and generally agreeable way to do these
things (where you have people there) is to ask for a vote on the entire
document, and if it doesn't pass, then break it up into individual

Note that individual motions will take a LONG time and cause much pain.

My advice is, if putting in a proxy, and if you object to one of the
constitution changes, is to vote against the entire thing, and then
indicate the parts which you have an objection to (i.e. would vote
against). This way, the person acting on your behalf has clear
documentation of your wishes.

Indeed, I have been involved with meetings where motions (and decisions)
are placed on the agenda and the decision is taken as given unless the
item is starred for discussion (this is how you get through 400+ pages
of agenda in less than 4 hours). In this scenario, the meeting starts
with asking if anybody has any extra items to be starred. I just haven't
brainwashed Pia enough yet to do this for the AGM :)

hope this clarifies,
Stewart Smith <stewart at linux.org.au>
Linux Australia Inc
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