Legalise Cannabis Australia – Party Constitution

Party Rules

1. Name

  • 1.1 The name of the Party shall be Legalise Cannabis Australia (in the rules called the Party)
  • 1.2 The abbreviation of the Party’s name shall be Legalise.

2. Aims

The Aims of the Party shall be:

  • 2.1 to endorse candidates to contest elections to the Federal Parliament of Australia.
  • 2.2 To re-legalise Cannabis for
    • 2.2.1 personal use
    • 2.2.2 medical and therapeutic uses
    • 2.2.3 and industrial purposes
  • 2.3 collecting and disseminating knowledge relating to all or any of the Party’s aims
  • 2.4 campaigning to, and lobbying of, all sectors of the community
  • 2.5 organising fund raising for the Party
  • 2.6 conducting and facilitating research relating to all or any of the Party’s aims
  • 2.7 to apply for and seek public funding for electoral purposes in accordance with the provisions of the Australian Electoral Act 1918 as amended
  • 2.8 do all such things as may be necessary, expedient or desirable to carry out the aims of the Party as seen herein.

3. Membership

  • 3.1 Any person enrolled on the electoral roll and eligible to vote in elections to the Parliament shal be eligible to be a member of the Party
  • 3.2 Acceptance of membership to the Party is the determination of the Registered Officer
  • 3.3 No initial or annual membership fee shall be payable by a member of the Party
  • 3.4 Life Membership shall be established by a single payment of $100
  • 3.5 A member may resign from membership of the Party by giving written notice thereof to the secretary of the Party
  • 3.6 It is a condition of membership that;
    • 3.6.1 Member support the aims of the Party and agree to accept the rules and regulations of the Party
    • 3.6.2 Members do not nominate against any preselected or endorsed candidates of the Party for election
    • 3.6.3 Members do not actively oppose the Party during any election
    • 3.6.4 Members, upon election to a Parliament or Local Council as an endorsed candidate of the Party must actively support the aims of the Party as listed from 2.1 to 2.8
  • 3.7 Expulsion of a Member
    • Subject to giving a member an opportunity to be heard or make a written submission to an Extraordinary General meeting of the Executive Committee may resolve to expel a member for any misconduct detrimental to the interests of the Party including any breach of rules 3.6.1, .2, .3, .4.

4. The Executive Committee

  • 4.1 The Executive Committee of the Party shall be comprised of;
    • 4.1.1 Secretary, who will be responsible for the carrying out of the administration, the keeping of the records, and for the conduct of the correspondence of the Party.
    • 4.1.2 Treasurer
    • 4.1.3 President
    • 4.1.4 Vice President
    • 4.1.5 Registered Officer; and
    • 4.1.6 Deputy Registered Officer
  • 4.2 The Executive Committee in office at the date of registration of the Party shall, unless they resign, hold office for a period of one year from the date of such registration and shall be eligible for re-election at the Annual General Meeting of the Party.

5. The Annual General Meeting

  • 5.1 Elections for office bearers will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Party. Any member of the Party is eligible to stand for election.
    • 5.1.1 The secretary shall give 28 days notice of the AGM via email and on social media.
  • 5.2 Nominations must be received by the secretary at least one week before the Annual General Meeting.
  • 5.3 All voting at the Annual General Meetings will be open ballot by those present at the meeting only. Voting for Office Bearers will be by open ordinary ballot.
  • 5.4 The secretary of the Party may make such regulations for the calling of Extraordinary General meetings as may be appropriate to further the aims of the Party.
  • 5.5 The Annual General and Extraordinary General Meeting can only meet for purposes if a quorum of any three members of the Executive Committee plus four other general members is reached.

6. General Meetings

  • 6.1 General meetings are to be held at a minimum quarterly, but may be held more frequently at the discretion of the Executive Committee, as necessary to meet the aims of the Party.
  • 6.2 General meetings may be held in person, via electronic platform, or any combination as decided by the Committee from time to time.
  • 6.3 The Treasurer’s report on the financial status of the Party shall form part of the agenda.
  • 6.4 The minutes of a general meeting will be made available to the Membership in electronic format (e.g. via email) no later than 30 days after the date of the general meeting upon request by a member.
  • 6.5 General business arising between general meetings may be dealt with via in-person, telephone, written or electronic communications between all Committee Members, as decided by the Committee from time to time.

7. Endorsement of Election Candidates

  • 7.1 Candidates for election to the Parliament or to Local Councils shall be endorsed or dis-endorsed by the decision of the Executive Committee of the Party.
  • 7.2 The allocation or preferences, if any, to other parties and/or candidates in elections to Parliament shall be determined by the Executive Committee in consultation with our candidate/s.

8. Amendment of the Constitution

  • 8.1 The Constitution of the Party may be amended, varied or added to on the recommendation of the executive committee provided that any such amendment is approved by a majority of members at an Annual General Meeting or at an Extraordinary General Meeting.

9. Adoption

The Constitution in tot was adopted at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.