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RSL NSW Constitution Review
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In March, we wrote to members and advised that because motions submitted to the 2020 AGM requesting amendments to the RSL NSW Constitution were not debated in the usual forum as a result of the Covid restricted nature of the AGM, motions affected would be deferred to the 2021 AGM and included in a general review of the Constitution led by a Constitutional Review Steering Committee.
In our March request, we asked members to submit general comments and feedback and published the constitutional review motions submitted to the 2021 AGM.
The Steering Committee reviewed:
- the motions submitted to the 2020 AGM;
- the motions and comments submitted by members in response to the March call to action; and
- amendments proposed by Anzac House to make drafting corrections and procedural amendments to the Constitution and also to harmonise it with the RSL National Constitution.
The Steering Committee categorised the changes and have endorsed the marked up draft 2021 RSL NSW Constitution. This draft is currently undergoing independent legal review. Once this review is completed, the reviewed copy will be made available to members.
The draft Constitution is supported by Explanatory Notes. These Explanatory Notes will guide Members through the changes and assist with their rationale. On page 16 onwards of the Explanatory Notes, members will be able to see the status of the various motions submitted to the 2020 AGM and how they have been integrated in the document.
RSL NSW proposes to present the 2021 RSL NSW Constitution for consideration by Members at the 2021 Annual General Meeting as a complete and integrated document.
Members are encouraged, as ever, to submit any motions they would like to see considered at the 2021 AGM, including motions for Constitutional Change. Motions are due 10 weeks prior to the AGM, meaning that they will need to be submitted by Tuesday 17 August 2021. In recognition of the fact that the current stay at home order is affecting sub-Branch meetings, some changes have been made to the process. Please see Circular 21/21 (sent last week) to be appraised of the changes.
More information providing a high level summary of the proposed changes will come to members in due course.
Background on amendments to the RSL NSW Constitution
At the 2020 RSL NSW AGM, motions that were submitted requesting amendments to the RSL NSW Constitution were not debated in the usual forum due to the restricted nature of the online event. RSL NSW undertook to Members that the motions affected would be deferred to the 2021 AGM and included in a general review of the Constitution.
An RSL NSW Constitution Review Committee was formed and comprises an independent chair, two members of the RSL NSW Board, two District Presidents’ Council Representatives, and the RSL NSW Company Secretary. The Committee conducted a review of the motions which will be put forward for consideration and adoption at the 2021 RSL NSW AGM.
The Committee is also charged with addressing minor drafting and procedural corrections to the document that have been identified across the League since the Constitution’s adoption in 2019.
In April 2021, members were invited to submit general comments that addressed corrections or to seek clarification, with any formal motion for review needing to be submitted to ANZAC House in accordance with the Appendix C of the Constitution.