[Linux-aus] Voting Code - nearly done!

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Fri Nov 26 00:20:02 UTC 2004

On Wed, 24 Nov 2004, Pia Smith wrote:

> Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 10:56:34 +1100
> From: Pia Smith <pia at linux.org.au>
> To: linux-aus <linux-aus at linux.org.au>
> Subject: [Linux-aus] Voting Code - nearly done!
> Hi all,
> the LA ctte went about figuring out how best to get our voting code
> done, particularly to intergrate with our existing memberdb, which
> Stewart was good enough to put together over the last year in his own
> time. We estimated it would take 3-5 days of work to do the voting code,
> and cost about $1000. We got this figure verified by a few quotes on the
> job. 
> We decided again after getting a few quotes for the job that Stewart was
> the best person to do this job, after all he knows the MemberDB system
> very well, and he works with databases a lot these days. We will be
> paying him $1000 for a weeks work and the system should be finished this
> week. This means we should be able to open for nominations by early
> December right on schedule. We see spending these funds as normal
> business costs, and wanted to ensure the community was informed in line
> with our focus on transparency.
> If anyone has any suggestions for Stewart, please feel free to email him
> at stewart at linux.org.au. Rock on Stewart! :)
> Cheers,
> Pia

So, in accordance with this "focus on transparency" (does that mean that 
members can see though any suspiscious things?), what is the method of 
voting - is it to be first past the post, or preferential? I do not 
recall members getting a say on that issue.

In line with concerns that Anand has raised about this process, is it 
proper for a committee member to receive paid employment from the 
organisation, without a vote of all members? Is it proper for a 
committee to award paid work, to one of their own, without such an 
action being put to a vote of all of the members? Is that allowed under 
NSW law that applies to incorporated associations?

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
  Chapter 28 of 
  "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
  A Trilogy In Four Parts",
  written by Douglas Adams, 
  published by Pan Books, 1992 

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