MEMBERSHIP

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CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK


ACTIVITIES

 

Public Interests Before Corporate Interests is a political party that uses:

Electoral Politics - standing candidates in both the House of Representatives and the Senate at Federal elections.

Non-Violent Direct Action – protests, vigils, petitions, strikes and occupations.

Community Boycotts – to put public interests before corporate interests.




MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

 

Membership needs to be renewed every three (3) years.



EXPULSION

 

If six members of Public Interests Before Corporate Interests make a written submission outlining why another member of the party's behaviour calls into question their adherence to the party's aims and membership criteria, the current executive of the party can suspend the members' membership of the party until a formal inquiry is held into the allegations (inquiry by the executive at which the accused member is asked to respond to the allegations in writing must be held within four weeks of the allegations being submitted). If the allegations are proven to the satisfaction of the executive the members' expulsion from the party is backdated to the day the allegations were submitted.



APPEAL

 

The expelled member can appeal this decision to the full membership within two months of the expulsion order. Appeal is heard in writing within six months of lodging appeal.



ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

The Annual General Meeting will be held on the evening of the first Wednesday in November. Notice to all members to be sent out by the 31st July.



ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE

 

Nominations for the executive :

National Convenor

Secretary
Treasurer Registered Officer


need to have the written endorsement of three other members of the party and the written acceptance of the nomination by the nominee.

Nominations need to be lodged by the 31st August.

If more than one nomination for each position is submitted, the party membership will vote on who they want to represent them. Each candidate has until the 10th September to lodge a 300 word submission. The candidate's submission, plus a voting form, will be sent out to all members by the 30th September.

All votes must be received by the 28th October.

Voting will be first past the post if only two candidates nominate. Voting will be preferential if more than two candidates nominate.



CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES

 

Changes to the aims and membership criteria of Public Interests Before Corporate Interests requires 80% of the party's membership to ask for a change to the aims and membership criteria in order for a Special General Meeting to be called to debate the proposed changes.



PRE-SELECTION

 

Candidates have to fund their nomination fee and are personally responsible for any costs incurred in their election campaign.

The executive will consider requests for financial assistance regarding nomination fees if candidates are not able to raise the funds required.

If more than one candidate nominates for a House of Representatives seat or more than six candidates nominate for a Senate seat, members on the electoral roll residing within a particular House of Representatives seat or in a particular state will determine who the candidates are.

The order of candidates in each state in a Senate election will be determined by the executive.

Nominations for pre-selection need to be received by the 28th February in the year a Federal election is to be held. If a snap election is called, the executive will pre-select candidates



PREFERENCES

 

Preferences will be allocated by each candidate on the basis of similarity in political positions of other candidates. Preference deals based on other criteria will result in disendorsement by the executive of that candidate's nomination.



BRANCHES

 

The creation of new branches have to be approved of by the executive. The executive encourages and supports the creation of new branches based on geographical boundaries, workplaces and common interests.



CHANGES TO THE ACTIVITIES, MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL, ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE, PRE-SELECTION AND NEW BRANCHES

 

Need to be raised by 70% of members before a vote can be held by the membership to determine any alternatives raised.



ROLE OF INTERIM EXECUTIVE UNTIL PUBLIC INTERESTS BEFORE CORPORATE INTERESTS IS REGISTERED AS A POLITICAL PARTY

 

The interim executive will be responsible for running the party until the party is registered. Once Public Interests Before Corporate Interests becomes a registered political party the interim executive will be responsible for the running of the party until the new executive is sworn in at the Annual General Meeting on the first Wednesday in November.

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Written and Authorised by Dr. Joseph Toscano
Secretary / Convenor Public Interests Before Corporate Interests