Minutes/National Council/2021-01-07

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Meeting Minutes
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National Council Meeting January 7th 2021

Start: 8:38pm Sydney Time End: 9:37pm Sydney Time

Attendance

  • Miles Whiticker, President
  • Alex Jago, Secretary
  • John August, Treasurer
  • David Kennedy, Councillor
  • Fred Gerner, Councillor
  • Phillip Richards, Councillor

Agenda

  • Bank Account things (Alex)
    • General updates
    • Motion 1: John August, Alex Jago and Mark Gibbons to be signatories to the Pirate Party bank accounts.
    • Motion 2: create a new By-Law to partially automate this:
      • "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. "
  • Membership drive updates (Alex)
  • Next Pirate Live (Miles)
  • Follow up emails for lapsed members happy to renew (David) - Alex has already addressed this.
  • John's video updates (John/Alex)


Minutes

Previous Minutes

Bank Account things

  • Alex went in to ANZ to try and sort things out on Dec 14th
    • "Sometime in the last while ANZ's rules have become such that bank account signatories must be either appointed by a motion, or the organisational rules say that their position entitles them. Turns out our rules don't say that, and I hadn't had the foresight to put a motion. "
  • Two motions: one to appoint explicitly, one to create a by-law.

Membership drive updates

  • people have been working through their call lists :)
  • often callees are happy to renew, may not know they're expired
  • a few negatives too, but that's to be expected
  • thanks to Miles for his phone-banking script for guidance and inspiration

Next Pirate Live

  • Miles has recruited 3 MEPs for a livestream on Jan 29th
  • High production quality desired! "Graphics please, Alex"
    • in-stream and promo
  • Also searching for other people to interview
    • left-libertarianism with someone from Catalonia
    • climate change with Bailey from Canada
  • Alex tasked to get the Discord/IRC bridge functional again

Member Mailout

  • Call for items
    • probably going out in the next few days
  • John and Andrew, Speakers Corner, this Sunday
  • "Please renew!"

The inevitable Julian Assange off-topic

  • "a win for Julian, but not for journalism"
  • denied bail, still in appeals, we'll see how it goes
  • closer to home, the December event we helped with went well, too
    • (and the UBI/JG debate went well too, FWIW)

John's bureaucracy video

  • John has recorded a video!
  • Alex has put it through iMovie: it's trimmed, has an overlay, and an auth slide at the end
  • Ready for upload to platforms
  • John suggests similar topic for livestream discussion, perhaps him, Mark, Miles
    • Emily Sims from Prosper might be available too, but obviously her bailiwick is more LVT
    • Alex suggests that maybe a distinct "tax reform video" would be more ideal for getting Emily involved, and we have the bureaucracy video in the meantime
    • John: the speech video is a splash, the real meat is the followup discussion
    • or they can be two halves of the same (longer) stream, and we do tax first


Motions

  • MOTION: Approve the minutes of the previous meeting
    • Put by: Miles Whiticker
    • Ayes: 6 (unanimous)
    • Motion carried.
  • MOTION: Appoint John August, Alex Jago and Mark Gibbons to be the signatories to the Pirate Party bank accounts.
    • Put by: Alex Jago
    • Ayes: 5 (Miles Whiticker, Alex Jago, David Kennedy, Phillip Richards, Fred Gerner); Abstentions 1 (John August)
    • Motion carried at 20:49.
  • MOTION: Enact a new by-law as follows:
    • 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.
    • Put by: Alex Jago
    • Ayes: 6 (unanimous)
    • Motion carried at 20:52
  • MOTION: close the meeting
    • Put by: Miles Whiticker
    • Ayes: 6 (unanimous)
    • Motion carried; meeting closed at 21:37