I just now understand executive committee as being different to Nominated Members, sorry. This will have to be another area I would question, in relation to my questioning of the Nominated Members. I don't see why in such a small Council that we need an executive with dicision making powers beyond the elected members. If for example, one or two elected members manage to single handedly nominate 4 Nominated Members each, and then those two Elected Members and their 8 Nominated Members were to become an executive committee, we would see a rather strong and impenetrable power base established if and when other elected members became aware of the stack. I realise Executive Committees are common on Councils, but I fail to see their need in our case. --Leighblackall 20:39, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
Agreed again. Elected Council is the only legitimate body that i recognize and totally condemn all other de facto or de jure entities.
I am also questioning the need for an executive committee separate to the elected council. And who will decide the membership of the executive committee? I would not like to see a clustering of people who have similar viewpoints making all the important decisions - we need dissenting opinions to keep us honest.
Along with Leigh and others I would like to see the first meeting used to discuss the draft governance policy with the aim of ratifying a policy that all the elected council members are comfortable with, discussion around the need for an executive committee, and also agreement on the policy regarding secondment of nominated non-elected members of the council - even if one or two people are not happy with this I feel we must reach consensus before making this a firm policy.
I would like to see all decisions being reached by consensus rather than majority vote. Philosophically I would hate to see the methods of the minority world dominate our council in the same way as they have dominated and damaged the majority world. I am afraid that if we cannot agree on these basics then the whole scenario becomes a farce!