Rules and Procedures for the conduct of ERA meetings
a. Minutes of every meeting will be recorded. Printed copies of the minutes of a meeting will be made available to attendees at the following meeting and electronic copies will be emailed to members who request it. Printed copies of minutes will be kept in a Minutes book, which will be made available for inspection at each meeting.
b. Members should endeavour to show courtesy and respect to other members at all times. When a member has the floor, normal conversational etiquette will be adhered to. Long interruptions or questions are not acceptable. Brief interruptions and questions are acceptable, however it is discourteous to interrupt in mid-sentence.
c. If guests or invited speakers happen to be addressing a meeting, members present will not openly criticise them, harangue them, question their motives. or debate with them in a negative manner, and will not engage in any behaviour which might impact adversely on the association's image with them or the body they represent.
d. The chairman of a meeting may be appointed by the agreement of a majority of members at the start of a meeting, or by arrangement from one or more previous meetings. This may be overridden by the provision for a chairman to be nominated, voted on, and appointed during any meeting.
e. The role of the chairman in maintaining an orderly meeting should be respected and their rulings accepted.
The chairman will undertake to:
• Make arrangements for each meeting and notify members of the date, time and place of meeting.
• Call meetings to order.
• Ensure that an agenda is prepared for each meeting.
• Manage the discussion for each agenda item. Determine the order of the items considered and who speaks at any particular time, and control the duration of each response.
• Delegate responsibilities to participating members and involve members in the decision making process.
• Report the work of any subcommittees to meetings where appropriate. • Not vote at a meeting, other than to exercise a casting vote in the event of a tied vote, or to act as a proxy for absent members who have authorised such an arrangement and wish to have their vote(s) on specific items recognised and recorded at a meeting.
• Maintain neutrality of information presentation and voting.
f. If the chairman makes a ruling relating to a point of procedure, that ruling will be recorded in the minutes.
g. Information and other printed material brought by a member to a meeting may be distributed to other members present through – and with the agreement of - the chairman, who will rule on whether that material is in order.
h. If any members disagree with a ruling of the chairman, they may seek to raise a point of order; and if that is granted they will be allowed to address the matter of why they think the ruling is wrong -- briefly and succinctly. Others present also will be allowed to briefly address the matter if they so choose. The chairman will then determine whether to retain, amend, or remove the original ruling.
i. Any member present at a general meeting may move a motion of no confidence in the chairman at any time. The mover is then obliged to provide a substantive reason for the motion. Other members are entitled to speak for or against the motion, and no argued case will last longer than 6 minutes. At the conclusion of this process the motion will be voted on. If the motion is carried by a majority, then nominations will be made and voted on for the purpose of appointing a new chairman.
j. A meeting agenda will be prepared in advance of each meeting, and distributed to all attendees at that meeting. The normal procedure is for the chairman to prepare that agenda after receiving advice, recommendations and suggestions from members, and requests for specific items to be included. The preparation of an agenda may also be delegated to someone other than the chairman if a majority of members at a previous meeting decide that this is desirable.
k. A member wishing to propose an agenda item for a meeting should submit a brief summary of the item at least one week ahead of the meeting to the chairman (either by phone or email). Any such item will be acknowledged and its status advised to the proposer ahead of the meeting. Such items will be given priority over all spontaneous discussion. It is expected that the proposer of an item will either be physically present at that meeting to initiate discussion on it or alternatively will provide to the chairman one week ahead of the meeting a written outline of the substance of the item. If for any reason the proposer cannot meet this requirement then discussion of the item may be postponed (at the discretion of the chairman) to a future meeting, or alternatively may be removed altogether.
l. If a member present at a meeting indicates (by their words and behaviour) that they are unwilling to abide by the agreed rules and regulations for the conduct of meetings, then a majority of members present are entitled to direct that member to leave the meeting. The members present also have the right to forbid (at their discretion) that member from attending future meetings, with an upper limit of six future meetings. Each of these rights will be exercised by a majority vote received on a motion to that effect.
Adelaide presentation by Prof Steve Keen
The Global Financial Crisis is far from over
This event occured on Friday, 24 September, 2010. Steve's presentation considers reasons for thinking the global financial crisis is not behind us.
Co-sponsors: Economic Reform Australia and Flinders Business School, Faculty Social & Behavioural Sciences
Flinders University, Victoria Square Campus
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Additional videos of presentations by Prof Michael Hudson and Prof Steve Keen at the 10th (2010) Conference of the American Monetary Institute in Chicago may be accessed at the website
Video of Prof Michael Hudson on the debt ceiling debate and President Obama's sellout:
Watch the BBC Hardtalk interview with Prof Steve Keen for his solution to the debt-repudiation depression which is looming in Europe, U.S., and around the world.
Lecture in Adelaide, Australia on 25 Sept 2012
Co-sponsors; Sustainable Population Australia, Economic Reform Australia, Beyond Oil South Australia
THE END OF GROWTH
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