Some proposals to amend the Socialist Alliance national constitution

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I have proposed these changes to the National Executive to enhance the Party’s ability to manage its administrative, publicity and policy functions, and to allow SA to function more efficiently and effectively. I propose that new positions of Deputy National Coordinator, National Indigenous Policy Coordinator and national Media Coordinator be created to allow the responsibility for management of national work to be shared by more comrades. I also propose that the national Environment Coordinator be included as a specific position on the National Executive.

I propose that two positions, the national Media coordinator [if created] and the GLW-SA Editorial Board Convenor, be appointed by the NE to allow a greater opportunity for more SA members to nominate for these positions, rather than on the floor of the National Conference.

The other proposed changes are of a technical nature to improve the intent and meaning of the existing clauses, or to allow for changes in technology.

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The amendments being proposed are in bold.

National Conference

6.1. Policy shall be decided democratically by a National Conference, which shall normally be held annually but at least every two years, or by Special Conference. These conferences shall be open to all members but decisions shall be made by delegates proportionally representing the membership of local Alliances. Conference decisions shall be by show of delegate cards and by simple majority vote.

6.2. Delegate ratios shall be decided by the National Executive (or in the case of the inaugural National Conference, the National Liaison Committee) after consultation with local branches and district and statewide bodies.

6.3. National Conference shall elect a National Executive.

Proposed Change

Delete 6.3 [Rationale: Conference elects National officeholders only]

6.4. National working groups and other bodies may be formed by National Conference or the National Executive.

6.5. The National Conference shall elect a National Coordinator, National Trade Union and Anti-war Committee Conveners, a Socialist Alliance-Green Left Weekly Editorial Board Convener and the National Website Manager.

Proposed Change

6.5 The National Conference shall elect a National Coordinator, a Deputy National Coordinator, National Trade Union Coordinator, National Environment Coordinator, National Anti-war Committee Convenor, National IT Manager, and a National Indigenous Policy Coordinator.

6.6. The National Executive shall be composed of:

  • The National Coordinator, National Trade Union and Anti-war Committee Conveners, the Socialist Alliance-Green Left Weekly Editorial Board Convener, and the National Website Manager; and
  • 12 state representatives composed of 3 from NSW, 2 each from Victoria and Queensland and 1 each from the other states and territories, those representatives to be selected by the relevant state executive or state committee.

Proposed Change

6.6. The National Executive shall be composed of:

  • The National Coordinator, Deputy National Coordinator, National Trade Union Coordinator, Anti-war Committee Conveners, National Environment Coordinator, the Socialist Alliance-Green Left Weekly Editorial Board Convener, the National IT Manager; a National Indigenous Policy Coordinator, and the National Treasurer, and
  • 12 state representatives composed of 3 from NSW, 2 each from Victoria and Queensland and 1 each from the other states and territories, those representatives to be selected by the relevant state executive or state committee.

6.7. The National Executive shall elect a National Treasurer and further national sub-committees as required.

Proposed Change

Delete in its entirety — transfer to amended Clause 7.3 and 7.5

6.8. If one-quarter of the paid-up membership or a majority of state executives/state committees request it by petition to the National Executive, a Special Conference of the Alliance shall be called in addition to National Conferences.

6.9. The implementation of policy and new activities between Conferences, and the organisation of annual and any other Conferences, shall be carried out by the National Executive, and any national body constituted by the National Conference or National Executive.

6.10. The National Officeholders and National Executive shall be accountable to the National Conference and to any Special Conference called for the purpose of considering their actions.

National Executive and National Officeholders

7.1. The National Officeholders and National Executive shall be responsible for the running of the organisation and for finance, membership, arrangements of meetings, communications with local groups and individuals, national bulletin production and distribution, liaison with other groups and organisations, and arrangements for seeking and enabling electoral registration and compliance with electoral laws; and any other matters delegated to them by the Alliance as a whole.

7.2. The National Executive has the power to appoint other officers of the Alliance where required to fulfill its duties as outlined in this constitution.

7.3. The National Treasurer shall be appointed by the incoming National Executive after each National Conference.

Proposed Change

7.3. The National Executive shall elect a National Treasurer, a Socialist Alliance-Green Left Weekly Editorial Board Convener, and a national Media coordinator after each National Conference.

7.4. The National Executive has the duty to both canvass the broadest possible consensus within the Alliance and to initiate and lead political discussion throughout the Alliance to clarify and resolve differences on all important matters whilst continuing to take decisions on behalf of the Alliance on immediate decisions consistent with the platform and decisions of the National Conference.

7.5. The National Executive shall meet, in face or by phone, at least every two months. It shall coordinate election campaigns nationally and shall allocate specific national tasks such as media liaison and the development of draft policy documents in specific areas.

Proposed Change

7.5. The National Executive shall meet formally at least every two months. It shall establish new national sub-committees as required, coordinate election campaigns nationally, and shall allocate specific national tasks such as media liaison and the development of draft policy documents in specific areas

7.6. Individuals acting on behalf of the Socialist Alliance nationally, or the National Executive, should regularly report the substance of their work to the National Executive.

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