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- 1 By-law 2013-01 — State and Territory Coordinators
- 2 By-law 2013-02 — Preselection
- 3 By-law 2014-01 — Urgent motions
- 4 By-law 2015-01 — Additional membership types
- 5 By-law 2021-01 – Bank Account Signatories
- 6 Repealed
By-law 2013-01 — State and Territory Coordinators
- State and Territory Coordinators shall be appointed by a two-thirds majority vote of the National Council.
- State and Territory Coordinators' terms shall automatically expire at the end of the next Annual National Congress, after which they may be reappointed by the National Council.
- In the event that a State or Territory Coordinator is unable or unwilling to perform their duties, the National Council may declare the position vacant and appoint a replacement by a two-thirds majority vote.
- The role of State or Territory Coordinator will cease in those states and territories that have a state or territory branch, as per the requirements of the National Council, unless the National Council determines that such a position should remain.
- The responsibilities of State and Territory Coordinators shall be defined by National Council Resolution.
By-law 2013-02 — Preselection
Administration and responsibility
- The preselection process is to be overseen and managed by a Returning Officer appointed by the National Council.
- The Returning Officer's responsibilities include
- working with the relevant committees to have the relevant systems put in place, and
- attending and overseeing the relevant preselection meetings, and
- announcing the final result of the preselection process, and
- ensuring the integrity of the preselection process.
- Nominations for preselection must be provided by the means determined by the National Council.
- Nominations must be submitted at least 3 days before the relevant meeting.
Nominations for the Senate
- The National Council will determine the Senate group size for each state and territory.
- Voting for preselection of candidates for the Senate may be limited to members in the relevant state or territory at the discretion of the National Council.
- Preselection of candidates for the Senate will use a two-phase ballot, consisting of
- an approval voting phase, and
- a preferential voting phase.
- The approval voting phase will be used to determine whether or not a preselection nominee has sufficient support to be a Senate candidate.
- Each nominee must receive 50% + 1 votes of support in the approval voting phase to be eligible to be a Senate candidate.
- The preferential voting phase will be used to determine the final order of candidates on a Senate ticket.
Nominations for the House of Representatives
- The National Council will determine which electorates, if any, will be contested.
- The National Council retains final authority regarding approval for the contesting of an electoral division.
- Voting for preselection of candidates for the House of Representatives may be limited to a specific geographical subset of members at the discretion of the National Council.
- Preselection of candidates for the House of Representatives will use a two-phase ballot, consisting of
- an approval voting phase, and
- a preferential voting phase.
- Each nominee must receive 50% + 1 votes of support in the approval voting phase to be eligible to contest an electoral division.
- The preferential voting phase will determine the final candidate based on which nominee receives the most preferences.
Character assessment and disclosure requirements
- A preselection nominee must disclose to the National Council anything that would
- bring the party into disrepute, or
- be found through a police background check, or
- disallow the nominee from legally running for a Federal Election.
- If a preselection nominee wins the preselection ballot police background checks must be paid for and supplied by the nominee 28 days before the Federal election nomination period.
- The National Council must disallow a nominee in the case where it would be illegal for that nominee
- to contest a Federal Election, or
- be elected to Parliament.
- If the police background check returns anything that may bring the party into disrepute, the National Council may
- require that the nominee disclose the record on the preselection ballot, or
- require that the nominee withdraw their nomination, or
- disallow the nominee to run for preselection.
- The National Council must produce on the request of any member the reasons for any disallowance of a nominee.
- All possible conflicts of interest must be disclosed to the National Council.
By-law 2014-01 — Urgent motions
- If an action or decision is urgent, the National Council may vote by way of email to pass an urgent motion without requiring a meeting.
- The requirements for quorum and majorities are the same as in the Party Constitution, however a contribution to quorum for an urgent motion can only be made by way of an explicit vote in favour ("aye"), vote against ("nay"), or abstention ("abstain").
- An urgent motion may be put if
- the action or decision is required to be made prior to the next scheduled National Council meeting, or
- the Party is required to reimburse a member for personal expenditure on behalf of the Party, and
- that member requires the funds urgently, and
- there has been no prior motion for reimbursement passed, or
- the action or decision is being made during an election period or relates to the payment of outstanding invoices incurred during an election period.
- An election period is defined as a period
- beginning when the date of an election the Party intends to contest is announced, and
- ending the day after the election occurs.
- All urgent motions must be minuted and confirmed at the very next National Council meeting, including the recording of which Councillors voted and the direction of their votes.
By-law 2015-01 — Additional membership types
Permanent Resident membership
- Permanent resident members are entitled to all privileges of a full member, except they are unable to exercise any privileges which cannot be granted due to restrictions imposed by federal, state or territory legislation.
- A permanent resident member must provide evidence of their permanent residency status to be eligible for this membership type.
- Supporter members are entitled to the same privileges as full members, except they
- are ineligible for National Council and Dispute Resolution Committee positions, and
- may not lead any committee, and
- do not have voting rights, but have the ability to motion through the sponsorship of a full or permanent resident member, and
- are not eligible to stand as a candidate in any election the Party contests, and
- are unable to exercise any privileges which cannot be granted due to restrictions imposed by federal, state or territory legislation
- Supporter members are exempt from Article 4.1(1)(c) of the Party Constitution.
- All current associate members will be hereby considered supporter members.
- For all purposes, an international member is considered to be a supporter member, except they
- must reside at a non-Australian address, and
- are exempt from the requirements of Article 2.1(5) of the Party Constitution.
By-law 2021-01 – Bank Account Signatories
- The Treasurer and the Deputy Treasurer shall be signatories to the Party's bank accounts. The National Council shall appoint at least one other of its members as an additional signatory, and may also appoint other party members to be signatories.