Proposal: Motion to remove Rule 7(1)(a) at the next AGM
- This page is a proposal being developed by our members. The proposal was moved by Lankiveil and seconded by John Vandenberg. If you are not a member of the organisation, you may request an account on this wiki using special:RequestAccount, and discuss this proposal on the discussion page.
This is a proposal to place an item on the agenda of the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) to modify the rules of the association to remove the ability of the management committee to fine members as part of the discipline process.
The association’s rules are based upon the “model rules” provided by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) at the time of the association’s incorporation. Successive changes have been by members to the rules since that time.
As it currently stands, the provisions of Rule 7(1)(a) allow for the committee to penalise a member who has “refused or neglected to comply with these Rules, or has been guilty of conduct unbecoming a member or prejudicial to the interests of the Association,” to “fine that member an amount not exceeding $500.” This provision is from the original model rules, and has not to date been invoked. There is a lengthy appeals process if any fine is levied, and it is not clear whether the member can escape the fine by simply resigning, nor what the consequences are for refusing to pay.
It is proposed to include the following motion at the next Annual General Meeting:
- That the text of Rule 7(1)(a), allowing the committee to fine members amounts up to $500, be removed from the rules of association.
As this motion involves a change to the rules, a 75% majority would need to vote in favour of it at an Annual General Meeting in order for the rule change to take effect.
Supporting this proposal should not necessarily be interpreted as supporting the motion; this proposal is merely to place the motion on the agenda for the AGM.