The 5th and 6th ordinary meeting of the 91st SRC were scheduled for Wednesday 5 June and Wednesday 3 July 2019, respectively. As apologies were received from 17 out of 33 Representatives at both meetings, the meetings were cancelled as a quorum was not attainable.
3rd Special Meeting
On Wednesday 17 July 2019, the 3rd special meeting of Council was held to appoint the Electoral Officer (EO) and Electoral Legal Arbiter (ELA) to conduct the 2019 Annual Elections. After a delay waiting to make quorum the meeting opened at 6:57pm.
An EO is presented to council for confirmation each year. The EO is chosen by the Selection Committee after the position is publicly advertised and interview process followed. The Selection committee is used to appoint all members of SRC staff and includes 2 members of staff, and 2 members of the Executive, one of whom is usually the President. There was discussion around how the proposed EO was selected, his experience, qualifications and association with past elections. The Council proceeded to confirm the recommendation of the Selection Committee and Casper Lu was appointed the EO.
Following the appointment of the EO was the appointment of the ELA. The ELA hears complaints, disputes and appeals from any act, decision or nonfeasance of the EO. Their decisions and directives are final and conclusive and binding on the EO and Council. The ELA is presented to Council on the recommendation of the President and must be a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales of at least 3 years’ standing. The Council confirmed the recommendation of the President and Simone Whetton, the ELA for the 2018 Annual Elections, was re-appointed by the Council. There being no other business the meeting closed at 7:38pm.
7th Ordinary Meeting
On Wednesday 7 August 2019, the 7th ordinary meeting of Council was held. After a printing delay, all documentation arrived and the meeting officially opened at 6:54pm. The President nominated Vice President Dane Luo to be Deputy Chairperson. There were several nominations from other attendees for Deputy Chairperson which were taken as foreshowing motions. A procedural motion to move straight to a vote of the Chair’s motion, which was carried by a secret ballot on request. The motion passed but there was a call for a recount. At 7:35pm, the Secretary to Council Julia Robins declared the meeting unsafe due to the conduct of some attendees and the meeting was immediately closed.
The 8th regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 6:00pm in New Law Lecture Theatre 104. This is a reminder that the meeting is open to all members of the undergraduate student body at the University of Sydney so if you are interested in learning more about the Council, feel welcome to come along. If have a motion you would like to put forward for the Council’s consideration, email the Secretary to Council Julia Robins at firstname.lastname@example.org to have it included on the agenda, or if you have any questions about how to put together a motion.
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