Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 7. 1969.
Exec By-Passed — Opposition to twin S.G.M
Opposition to twin S.G.M.
There is strong possibility that two Special General Meetings of the Students' Association will be held next week.
One, to consider the motions relating to the Student Representation Council, is to be held on Tuesday, April 29.
This date was tentatively set some time ago.
A second SGM has been called by an ad hoc committee to consider motions relating to racialism.
The President of the Students Association. Mr. Gerard Curry, has decided that these motions will be considered on the same night as the SRC motions.
The constitution of the Students Association states that an SGM must be called not later than 10 days after the association's secretary has been notified of the request.
As the petition was handed in on April 14, the organisers feel that the SGM must be held by April 24.
Mr Curry has interpreted the constitution to take the term "10 days" to mean "10 office days".
If this is a correct interpretation, it means the date set for the SGM, April 29, is valid.
If it is not, it means it is invalid.
Mr. T. Arnold is moving a constitutional amendment to the effect that the word "office" be inserted between "ten" and "days".
The constitution says that if the SGM is not held within the time required, the members of the association requesting it may hold their own SGM.
The constitution carries no provision of seven days notice presence of any member of executive, including the president.
Presumably, the members may elect their own chairman.
As notice of the possibility of this meeting given to the association on Monday, the provision of seven days' notice is fulfilled.
This allows the committee to hold a meeting on Monday, 28 April.
It is doubtful whether the Executive could hold the first meeting within the required ten days anyway, for at the moment the association would be a receiving a maximum of three days notice.
The constitution provides for seven days' notice.
Members of the committee who objected to their motions being considered or the same might as the SRC motions feel that there would not be sufficient time to consider them properly.
"Although we have not seen the agenda, it seems inevitable that one set of motions will be submerged", said George Fyson.
"If the racial motions are considered after the SRC motions it will mean they won't receive the attention they deserve."
Mr. Barry Saunders said that the SRC was a "radical" alteration to the Students' Association.
"It would be most unfortunate if it were considered after the racial motions", he said.
"It deserves full and unhurried debate."
Some students also felt there would be problems with obtaining a quorum.
Students are therefore advised to keep a watch for notices around campus informing them of any change in the agenda for 29 April, which at present includes all motions so far received by the Students' Association office.
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