Notice is hereby given of the motions for the October Referenda

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Notice is hereby given of the motions for the October Referenda. Tuesday 24 October: Voting commences at 9am 
Friday 27 October: Voting closes at 4pm. Voting will occur through http://www.ausa.auckland.ac.nz/representation/referenda/ Or at Reception for AUSA Life Members.

Accepted submissions

1. Should the Craccum Magazine section-editors continue to be paid?

2. Should AUSA establish a weekly honoraria for its portfolio holders of a sum equivalent to 10 hours at net adult minimum wage after tax?

3. If the referendum question regarding the establishment of AUSA Executive pay is successful, should this payment be backdated to apply from the beginning of Semester Two 2017?

4. Should AUSA provide 1% of its budget every year to Ngā Tauira Māori?

5. Should AUSA elections for President be required to have more than one candidate?

6. Should AUSA only allow club disaffiliation to be based on either misconduct or violation of the AUSA Constitution?

7. Should AUSA disaffiliate the Pro-Life Auckland Club?

8. Should AUSA prevent the future club affiliation of any group with a prolife ideology?

9. Should the following be inserted into the AUSA Constitution as Rule 10A: The Association shall give effect to the rights and freedoms protected in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.

10. Should AUSA require an explanatory note to be submitted and published with all referendum questions?11. Should AUSA require at least a two-thirds majority to pass referendum questions?

12. Should the following change be made to the AUSA Constitution: 
THAT Rule 23C(v) be amended to read: Substantially similar to another question that has been received, if the Student Engagement Officer has already decided to call a referendum on that question or has called a referendum on that question in the past 12 months.

13. Should AUSA lobby for 24-hour access to the computer labs at Kate Edgar building, General Library and PhD student offices in Newmarket campus?

14. Should AUSA in Semester One 2018 begin a campaign for free bus and train transport for all the University of Auckland students?

15. Should AUSA campaign for more student microwaves on campus, including a vegan-food-only microwave?

16. Should the AUSA Executive be required to host at least one executive meeting a semester in the Grafton Campus?

17. Should AUSA devote more resources to mental health awareness and support? 
* Please note that an initial mistake was made regarding the submitter’s AUSA membership, but this is an accepted and valid question.

I am awaiting the return of full legal advice on these questions. I reserve the right to remove any of the above questions, dependent on the legal advice, before the voting period commences at 9am Tuesday 24 October 2017.

Submissions which have been rejected

1. Question: Should AUSA disaffiliate the Young Nats? Reason: Rule 23C (ii) – this question is contrary to the AUSA Constitution. Rule 5 (iv) reads: Every alteration, addition or amendment must meet the requirements of the Charities Commission for the objects and rules of a charitable entity.

2. Question: Should AUSA disaffiliate the Pro-Life club? (This was received 5 times).
Reason: Rule 23C (v) – this question is substantially similar to another question that has been received that the Student Engagement Officer has already decided to call a referendum on.

3. Question: Should AUSA take a harder stance towards political extremism on campus? 
Reason: Rule 23C – submitter was not an AUSA member at the time of close of submissions.

4. Question: Should clubs with similar ideology as the Pro-Life Club be prevented from affiliating with AUSA in the future? 
Reason: Rule 23C (v) – this question is substantially similar to another question that has been received that the Student Engagement Officer has already decided to call a referendum on.
Reason: Rule 23C – submitter was not an AUSA member at the time of close of submissions.

If you believe a submission has been wrongly rejected and would like to appeal this decision, you may seek a petition of 1% of the student body who support the question being asked, which will override the Returning Officer’s decision.

There will be a Student Forum at 1pm Wednesday 18 October in the Quad to discuss and debate referendum questions.

Penelope Jones
Returning Officer
seo@ausa.org.nz

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