Given the legal requirements of incorporation in Victoria, it's important to
check that the unusual reshuffle of committee office-bearers last weekend was
conducted in accordance with WMAU's by-laws. These by-laws were forwarded to
the WMF as part of the process of gaining the Foundation's agreement to renew
the trademark agreement.
The attempt to reshuffle the roles of three office bearers who were elected to
specific positions by the membership a few months ago appears to have relied on
the provisions for casual vacancies, just months after an election that filled
those specific offices:
"21. Office holders
(4) In the event of a casual vacancy, as specified in rule 24, in any office
referred to in sub-rule (1), the committee may appoint one of its members to
the vacant office and the member appointed may continue in office up to and
including the conclusion of the annual general meeting next following the date
of the appointment."
Could I ask whether the president, treasurer, and secretary each satisfied one
of the four conditions required by section 24 for the offices to become vacant
in the first place before the committee sought to appoint different members as
president, treasurer, and secretary, and if so, which condition applied to each
of John, Craig, and Graham?
The office of an officer of the Association, or of an ordinary member of the
committee, becomes vacant if the officer or member--
(a) ceases to be a member of the Association; or
(b) becomes an insolvent under administration within the meaning of the
Corporations Law; or
(c) resigns from office by notice in writing given to the Secretary.
(d) fails to attend three consecutive scheduled committee meetings without
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