Constitution Amendments 1996

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Amendments to the Constitution of the Programmers' Society, 8th August, 1996

Proposed Amendment 1 (Broadening of Society's Objects)

Clause 3.4:

To develop useful, new and non-commercial computer programs under UNIX to be exported to other UNIX installations for non-profit purposes.

to be replaced with:

To develop useful, new and non-commercial computer programs to be exported to other installations for non-profit purposes.

and

Delete Clause 2.e:

UNIX: The UNIX® Computer Operating System.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 2 (Deletion of redundant clause)

Delete Clause 2.d:

Student: A registered student of the University

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 3 (Abolition of Public Relations Officer role)

Clause 5.1.1:

Consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public-Relations Officer and Society Computer Administrator.

to be replaced with:

Consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Society Computer Administrator.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 4 (Replacement of Society Computer Administrator role)

Clause 5.1.1:

Consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Society Computer Administrator.

to be replaced with:

Consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Computer Systems Officer.

and

Clause 5.5.5:

Society Computer Administrator. The Society Computer Administrator will co-ordinate bookings and access to all the computer related resources available for use by the Society.

to be replaced with:

Computer Systems Officer. The Society Computer Systems Officer will co-ordinate bookings and access to all the computer related resources available for use by the Society.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 5 (Executive vacancies)

Append:

falling 14 or more days after the vacancy occurs

to Clause 5.2:

Any vacancy occuring on the Executive Committee shall be filled at the next Ordinary General Meeting.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 6 (Modification of Computer Systems Officer's role)

Clause 5.5.5:

Computer Systems Officer. The Society Computer Systems Officer will co-ordinate bookings and access to all the computer related resources available for use by the Society.

to be replaced with:

Computer Systems Officer. The Society Computer Systems Officer will co-ordinate administration of all of the computer related resources available for use by the Society.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 7 (Bank account)

Clause 6.3:

The Trustees shall open and maintain in the name and on behalf of the Society an account at the University Branch of the State Bank of New South Wales.

to be replaced with:

The Trustees shall open and maintain a bank account in the name of and on behalf of the Society.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 8 (Annual General Meeting quorum)

Clause 7.2.2:

The quorum at Annual General Meeting shall be twenty-five percent (25%) of members entitled to vote or ten (10) members entitled to vote whichever is greater.

to be replaced with:

The quorum at Annual General Meeting shall be fifty percent (50%) of members entitled to vote or twenty (20) members entitled to vote whichever is lesser.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 9 (Ordinary General Meeting quorum)

Clause 7.3.2:

The quorum at an Ordinary General Meeting shall be twenty percent (20%) of members entitled to vote or seven (7) members entitled to vote, whichever is greater.

to be replaced with:

The quorum at an Ordinary General Meeting shall be thirty-three percent (33%) of members entitled to vote or fourteen (14) members entitled to vote, whichever is lesser.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 10 (Abolition of Executive Committee Meetings)

Delete Clause 7.6:

Executive Committee Meetings.

7.6.1 The Executive Committee shall meet as often as it may deem necessary and at least once in each semester.

7.6.2 The quorum at an Executive Committee meeting shall be President, Secretary and two other Executive Committee members.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Proposed Amendment 11 (Disposal of Society's property)

Clause 9.2.1:

Property. All computer hardware and computer software purchased by the Society, and all monetary assets and funds of the Society shall be thence forth vested in the union for disposal as deemed fit by that body.

to be replaced with:

Property. All computer hardware and computer software purchased by the Society, and all monetary assets and funds of the Society shall be thence forth vested in an organisation to be determined at or before the time of dissolution by a resolution of the membership, whose objects are altogether or substantially similar to those of the society.

OUTCOME: Passed.

Related links

1996 Constitution

1989 (original) Constitution

Reasoning behind the amendments

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