[Linux-aus] What happened at the SGM?

Stephen Walsh steve at nerdvana.org.au
Tue Sep 6 16:26:41 EST 2011

  On 09/05/2011 10:27 PM, Mike Carden wrote:
> I am very surprised though that the nay-sayer voices were utterly
> silent at the meeting. Not even a single negative proxy vote. Nothing.
> I have no desire to inflame the negative minority, but I do wonder
> about their commitment.

The issue for me was finding someone who would be there, and who I felt 
would vote the way I felt. As JulienG pointed out, the only non-council 
member or partner of a council member there was Jeff and himself, so 
that pretty much means that, whilst I had a view on the matter, I would 
not have been able to find somone who voted the way I wanted [0]. As 
this was a SGM, did the council fly all the council members there? if 
not, why not? was it that it was going to be a pain for you to get out 
of work with enough time to make it, or was it a matter of cost to the 

By holding it at 6pm in Sydney on a monday night, you pretty much 
guarantee that only Sydney people who live or work in the area, or who 
have flexible work arrangements are able to make it. I would have loved 
to make it, but I would have had to take most of a day off work, then 
driven to the venue, found parking, attended a 15 minute meeting to turn 
around and drive ~3hrs back home again afterwards. Anyone who works more 
than 30 minutes from Pyrmont, or has kids, doesn't stand a chance of 
making it due their need to keep their employer and their family happy, 
which voids the argument that people with a negative view didn't care 
enough to make it.

my 2c worth.


[0] I'm not trying to imply by this that I think the council would 
subvert the vote, but with the noise on the list leading up to the SGM,  
I wanted to know that the person who had my vote understood my concerns 
on the matter, even if they weren't voiced on the list.

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