Dear AULSS Members,

PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS POST AND ALL ATTACHMENTS CAREFULLY

Pursuant to Clause 61 of the AULSS Constitution, I have been appointed by the AULSS as Returning Officer for the election to determine the Committee for the 2018 – 2019 term. I attach for your convenience the election rules which will govern the election for positions to the 2018/2019 AULSS Committee.

The purpose of this email is to provide notice to members that NOMINATIONS ARE CALLED for the following positions on the Committee of the Adelaide University Law Students’ Society for the 2018-2019 term:

  • the President;
  • the Vice-President;
  • the Director of Education;
  • the Director of Careers and Sponsorship;
  • the Director of Activities;
  • the Director of Competitions; and
  • the Director of Social Justice.
  • up to three Activities Representatives;
  • up to three Careers and Sponsorship Representatives;
  • up to four Competitions Representatives;
  • up to three Social Justice Representatives;
  • an Equity and Wellbeing Officer;
  • up to two Education Representatives;
  • a Mature Age Student Representative;
  • a Communications Officer;
  • an IT Officer;
  • up to three Magazine Editors;
  • an Indigenous Officer.

 

Nominations must be made on the appropriate form, which is attached below. The nomination form will also be made available from the Law School’s front counter.

Completed nomination forms must be received by email attachment to james.dalessandro@adelaide.edu.au OR delivered to the Adelaide Law School’s front counter by NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 at 5:00pm ((ACST) Adelaide Time). I WILL NOT accept nomination forms that are received after this time.

Campaigning will be permitted from 9:00am Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (i.e. Tuesday of week 9) – I will organise a meeting with candidates before this date to discuss the campaigning rules in detail.

The election will be held on 10, 11 and 12 October 2018, voting will be between the hours of 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on each of those days. Polling will be in rooms 1.08 and 1.09 of the Ligertwood Building.

As part of new election reforms candidates must, when nominating for a position on the AULSS Committee, do the following:

  1. Prepare a candidate statement (a maximum of 400 words if you are running for an executive position (i.e. a position contained within clause 16 of the Constitution) and a maximum of 200 words if you are running for a non-executive position (i.e. a position under clause 15(2) of the Constitution, but not clause 15(2)(a) of the Constitution)); and
  2. Provide a passport sized photo;

These new requirements are to allow the Society to prepare a ‘Candidates’ guide, which will be released at the start of Week 9 of this semester (semester 2, 2018). If you do not comply with these requirements, your nomination will be invalid.

PLEASE NOTE: 

Basic Eligibility

To be eligible to nominate for a position, a candidate must be considered a member pursuant to Part 2 of the AULSS Constitution. In addition, the Election Rules prohibit cross-Institutional, non-award and exchange students eligible to nominate for a position.

Nomination to the position of President

If you intend to nominate for the position of President, you must satisfy clause 66 of the AULSS constitution. If you do not satisfy clause 66, your nomination will not be accepted. Clause 66 reads:

66—Eligibility for nomination for the position of President

(1)  To be eligible to nominate for the position of President, a person must:

(a)  have previously officially served in one of the positions listed in clauses 15 and 16 of the Constitution; and

(b)  not have been removed from the Committee at any time in any year; and

(c)  not have contravened any provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or committed any indictable offence of any law of the Commonwealth or the States or Territories of Australia.

(2)  If no person satisfies clause 66(1)(a), then that clause shall not apply.

Nomination to the position of Indigenous Officer

If you intend to nominate for the position of Indigenous Officer, you must satisfy clause 68 of the AULSS constitution. If you do not satisfy clause 68, you nomination will not be accepted. Clause 68 reads:

68—Eligibility for nomination for position of Indigenous Officer

(1) In order to be eligible to nominate for the position of Indigenous Officer, the member must be Indigenous.

(2) In the event of uncertainty as to a member’s eligibility for the position of Indigenous Officer, the Society shall defer to any University records or processes to determine whether that member is Indigenous.

Nomination to the position of Mature Age Representative

If you intend to nominate for the position of Mature Age Representative, you must satisfy clause 69 of the AULSS constitution. If you do not satisfy clause 69, you nomination will not be accepted. Clause 69 reads:

69—Eligibility for nomination for position of Mature Age Representative

In order to be eligible to nominate for the position of Mature Age Representative, the member must not have attended secondary school in the three years prior to when they commenced their Bachelor of Laws at the University.

TICKETS ARE NOW PROHIBITED

Pursuant to a special resolution of the Committee, dated 3 September 2018, the election rules were amended so that tickets are now prohibited.

I will discuss this further with candidates when nominations have closed. If you are nominated with the intention of forming a ticket, you nomination may be voided if you do in fact run in a ticket. As such, if you do nominate, please be aware that you will be required to run independently.

BUT NOTE: Nomination to the position of Magazine Editor(s)

Pursuant to the Constitution and the Election Rules, the position of Magazine Editor(s) is a join position. In essence, a team of three members may run for the position of Magazine Editor. You will not face penalty if you campaign as a group or in a ticket IF AND ONLY IF the candidates are running solely for the position of Magazine Editors.

Law School Faculty Advisor

The President of the AULSS has appointed Professor Alex Reilly (click here for more information) as the Faculty Advisor to the elections. Professor Reilly will:

  • Advise on ensuring that these upcoming elections are run in accordance with any relevant laws of the State of South Australia and the Commonwealth;
  • Advise on issues of the Constitution of the AULSS which may affect the elections (including disputed returns (see. below));
  • Assist in counting/tallying votes and scrutineering in the vote counting process;

Disputed Returns

According to Clause 10 of the Constitution, “the Executive shall have the responsibility of interpreting this Constitution, following reasonable consultation with the Committee”. Given the eligibility criteria for the various Committee positions are governed by the Constitution, determining whether a candidate is eligible to nominate or if elected return to their position remains the sole responsibility of the executive.

Given the potential for this to create conflict, the incumbent President and Committee has resolved that they will defer the matter to the Dean of Law, the Faculty Advisor and myself for determination, and that the Executive will respect the decision of the Dean of Law and myself, and enforce said decision.

ATTACHMENTS:
Nomination Form 2018
AULSS Election Rules 2018

Yours faithfully,

James D’Alessandro

Returning Officer 2018