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AGM Motions 2020


RESOLUTIONS
FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


Eight Special Resolutions and nine Ordinary Resolutions were validly received by Members for consideration at the AGM. They are available to view here. The resolutions will be decided by polling of those present at the AGM on Saturday 5 December 2020.


Special Resolutions (require 75% of the vote to pass):

See all the suggested amendments here and Explanatory Memorandum here.

Special Resolution #1 - Housekeeping: That the current Constitution of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) be amended with the changes listed in Constitution Changes Schedule #1 – Housekeeping. Proposed: Board

Special Resolution #2 – Membership Cooling-Off Period: That the current Constitution of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) be amended with the changes listed in Constitution Changes Schedule #2 – Membership Cooling-off Period. Proposed: Board

Special Resolution #3 - Proxies: That the current Constitution of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) be amended with the changes listed in Constitution Changes Schedule #3 - Proxies. Proposed: Board

Special Resolution #4 – Number of Directors: That the current Constitution of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) be amended with the changes listed in Constitution Changes Schedule #4 – Number of Directors. Proposed: Board

Special Resolution #5 – Directors Tenure: That the current Constitution of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) be amended with the changes listed in Constitution Changes Schedule #5 – Directors Tenure. Proposed: Board

Special Resolution #6 - That the construction be amended to add a section between 8.9 and 8.10 that states: “A director may not seek re-election if they have served a consecutive term greater than six years, or have been elected at three elections, whichever is the lesser amount of time.  Proposer and Seconder: Brandon Bear and Steph Sands

Special Resolution #7 - That the constitution be amended to insert a section after Section 7.12(o) that states: During the election of Directors, proxy votes will not be counted. Each person present at the meeting shall be entitled to one vote, unless the person has previously voted under the provisions of section 7.12(l) Proposer and Seconder: Brandon Bear and Steph Sands

Special Resolution #8 - That this meeting approves the changes to schedule 2 of the constitution of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras to reflect the wording to the Australian Electoral Commission’s proportional representation voting system as outlined in the AEC’s Model Rules Guide for the conduct of elections for office (AEC 1129). Current Schedule | Proposed Schedule. Proposer and Seconder: Liz Dods and Brandon Bear 

 

Ordinary Resolutions (require 50% of the vote to pass):

1. In accordance with clause 3.4 of the Company’s constitution, the Board has proposed that the Members consider and, if thought fit, pass the following as an ordinary resolution:

1a: “That the persons contained in the attached document titled '78ers for Lifetime Membership at the 2020 Annual General Meeting' be granted lifetime membership in the Company, noting that upon approval of the Members that these persons shall be entered on the Register as lifetime members and shall not be required to pay membership fees in accordance with the Company’s constitution.”
Proposer and Seconder: Diane Minnis and Matt Akersten

1b. “That Mardi Gras’ 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Teresa Leggett be granted lifetime membership in the Company, noting that upon approval of the Members that she shall be entered on the Register as lifetime members and shall not be required to pay membership fees in accordance with the Company’s constitution.”
Proposer and Seconder: Jesse Matheson and Matt Akersten

2. This meeting requests the Board to bar the NSW Police, the Australian Federal Police, the Police Association, and any other associated organisations from having floats in the 2020 Mardi Gras Parade and all future parades. This is in recognition of the immense violence perpetrated by the police and corrective services towards First Nations communities who are over-policed and over-incarcerated, particularly LGBTQIA+ First Nations people who do not feel safe and are excluded as a result of police and corrective service's participation in the parade.

Submission with Explanation
Proposer and Seconder: Keith Quayle and Lungol Wekina

 

3. This meeting requests the Board to: 

i. Condemn the violent and brutal treatment of asylum seekers and refugees by the Australian government and the particular impact on LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers and refugees
ii. Condemn the role Qantas play in deporting asylum seekers on behalf of the Australian government 
iii. Terminate sponsorship with Qantas on the basis of their violation of the human right to seek asylum and deportation of asylum seekers back to danger.

Submission with Explanation
Proposer and Seconder: Momo Newberry and Bridget Harilaou

 

4. This meeting requests the Board to: 

i. Acknowledge Scott Morrison's role as a No campaigner, supporter of gay conversion therapy, his comments about 'gender whisperers', his cruelty toward refugees (many of whom are LGBTIQA+) and his attempts to implement a Religious Freedoms Bill mean that he and any party he leads are homophobic and transphobic 
ii. Acknowledge it is not in accordance with Mardi Gras' principles that Morrison or his government be promoted at our parade or any Mardi Gras event 
iii. Formally disinvite Scott Morison from attending any Mardi Gras events in 2021 
iv. The Liberal float is removed from Mardi Gras Parade in 2021 and future parades 
v. Formally disinvite Gladys Berejiklian from attending any Mardi Gras events in 2021

Submission with Explanation
Proposer and Seconder: Evan Gray and Charlie Murphy


5. This meeting requests the Board to 

i. Stand openly in support and solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement 
ii. Support the Defund, Disarm, Dismantle framework in relation to the police and prisons 
iii. Condemn the police and corrective services for all Aboriginal deaths in custody 
iv. Call on the State and Federal government to release all prisoners on remand, remove monetary bail, defund all private prisons and detention centres, and ultimately abolish all prisons 
v. Call on the State and Federal government to abolish the sniffer dog program, establish independent commissions for police misconduct to prevent any current or former police officers investigating themselves, end the presence of the riot squad at protests and ultimately abolish the police 
vi. Release the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the policing of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2018 to the public

Submission with Explanation
Proposer and Seconder: Hayden Moon and Bridget Harilaou

 

6. This meeting requests the Board to 

i. condemn ANZ for their continued investment in the destruction of the planet 
ii. cause Mardi Gras to divest from ANZ and all sponsors with investments in fossil fuels 
iii. recognise that global climate change is disproportionately affecting the worlds’ most marginalised and vulnerable communities, including Queer and Trans communities of colour in pacific islands, indigenous communities whose lands are under threat and the economically and socially disempowered 
iv. encourages all members, workers and community supporters to attend, promote and support the next Global Climate Strike and its advocacy for systemic action on climate change. 

Submission with Explanation
Proposer and Seconder: Lungol Wekina and Alex Bouchet

 

7. This meeting requests the Board to 

i. Acknowledge that people from a lower socio-economic background deserve to be able to access Mardi Gras membership in order to diversify the membership and be accessible LGBTQIA+ folks who come from an economically disadvantaged position in our community 
ii. Create a concession, student or unwaged membership tier priced at $10, separate from the current membership that contains consumer benefits, that allows them to participate in the democratic processes of Mardi Gras 
iii. Return the Australian resident price for Mardi Gras membership from $50 back to $20 in order for more people to be able to join and increase membership generally across the organisation 
iv. Introduce a staggered pay as you go option that allows people to pay their share of membership fees quarterly so as to reduce upfront costs. 

Submission with Explanation
Proposer and Seconder:  Harpreet Dillon Kaur and Momo Newberry

 

8. This meeting requests the Board to 

i. condemn Star Casino for their damaging business in the gambling industry, to communities with high rates of addiction and financial hardship 
ii. terminate sponsorship with Star Casino and all sponsors who have a pattern of exploiting the COVID-19 economic recession for executive and shareholder benefit at the expense of workers 

Submission with Explanation
Proposer and Seconder: Alex Bouchet and Lachlan Monsted

 

9. This meeting requests the Board to

i. make all Board meetings open - members can attend and all minutes and Board Packs are made freely available to members. 
ii. recognise that the proposed constitutional changes are anti-democratic and suppress the ability of members to democratically participate in the organisation. 
iii. provide greater transparency into all decision-making, specifically follow-up processes and report-backs on the results of motions passed at AGMs. 

Submission with Explanation
Proposer and Seconder: Amber Loomis and Jonno Revanche

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