Respect Inc AGM 2019 | Respect QLD

All members are invited to attend the Respect Inc 2019 Annual General meeting

We are having our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 22nd of November for all members of Respect Inc to attend. The meeting will deal with 2019 issues and business of Respect Inc. By attending the AGM, Respect Inc members will get to have their say and vote for nominated members to sit on the Management Committee and steer the Queensland sex worker organisation for the next twelve (12) months. Light refreshments will be provided on location at the Respect Inc offices.

You can find and read last year’s AGM report here.

You can find and read this years AGM report here.

You can find and read this years Audited report here.

To nominate yourself to be on the Management Committee. Please fill in a Management Committee Nomination Form. Nominations are due by the 8th November 2019.

If you are not a member and would like to be one, please fill in our membership application form and hand in person, email it to any one of our offices, or email it to secretary@respectqld.org.au.

When: Friday 22 November 2019 at 1:30pm

Where: Via video hook up. You can attend in person at any of the Respect Inc offices, or via video hook up.

RSVP: Click here or phone any one of our offices. RSVP by 15th November.

Nominations received (listed in alphabetical order) and position identified

  • Amber Lee, Brisbane
    • Moved by Ivy, seconded by Carly
  • Brother Hazy, Male
    • Moved by Elena, seconded by Robert
  • Dee Ville, Brisbane
    • Moved by Kiki, seconded by Vickki
  • Ivy Belle, Brisbane
    • Moved by River, seconded by Carly
  • Jules Lexington, Gold Coast
    • Moved by Carly, seconded by Elena
  • Kayla Rose, Brisbane 
    • Moved by Lulu, seconded by Joe
  • Lucy Blissbomb, Brisbane
    • Moved by Elena, seconded by Robert
  • Neddy Westa, Cairns
    • Moved by Mo, seconded by Jodine
  • River Capra, Youth and Trans and Gender Diverse
    • Moved by Ivy, seconded by Carly
  • Robert Fawkes, Townsville
    • Moved by Angelina, seconded by Karen

This year Respect Inc is proposing constitutional amendments. The topics and changes have been identified by members over the last two years or more.

  1. Better use of online technology.

Technology has changed since the constitution was written. The changes propose that membership forms, candidates for the MC, and our financial systems be updated to make use of new technology.

  1. Gender neutral language, and definition of transgender and gender diverse.

Use of gendered language has changed in recent years. We propose non-gender specific terminology. The definition of transgender and gender diverse has been upated to better reflect our community.

  1. Gold Coast Sex Worker representation in Respect Inc.

The changes proposed will make it more practical for Gold Coast-based sex workers who live within 100km of the Qld/NSW border to participate in Respect Inc.

  1. Asian background Sex Worker representation in Respect Inc.

The changes proposed will encourage involvement of Asian background sex workers in Respect Inc.

  1. Removal of unused categories in the Constitution

There was a category of “Associate membership” in the old constitution, but it has not been used for a long time. We propose to remove this category.

Full text of constitutional changes:

Transgender Definition changes

Section 1 Interpretation

Omit: Transgender person means a person who presents as a gender different to that which has been socially assigned to them in childhood, they may not desire surgical intervention to ‘change sex’ and/or may believe that they fall ‘between’ genders. A person who is transgendered may not usually identify fully, or strictly, as either male or female or may be one ‘physical’ sex but live as a different gender.

Omit: Transsexual person means a person who has transitioned or is in the process of transitioning either partly or fully from one sex to another, using processes such as hormone replacement therapy and sexual reassignment surgery.

Insert: Transgender or gender diverse person means a person who identifies differenty to that which has been  assigned to them at birth. 

Removal of Associate members (unused category)

Section 5 Classes of Membership

Omit: (b) ii. associate member—may not: i. attend meetings; and vote or nominate for a position on the management committee.  

Types of Representation on Management Committee changes

Section 18 Membership of Management Committee

18(2)(2) ii. a person who normally resides in the Gold Coast region;

Add: Which can be defined to within 100 kilometres of the Queensland border 

Membership of the Management Committee

18 (2) (a) vi a member who identifies as transgender and/or transsexual;

Omit: and/or transexual

Insert: or gender diverse

18 (2) (a) vii a member who is Asian or from a culturally and linguistically diverse background;

Omit: or from a culturally and linguistically diverse background;

Administrative Changes

Gender Neutral Language

19(1)(b) ii: (ii) signed by the candidate and the members who nominated him or her

Omit: him or her

Insert: them

10 (3)(b) conducts himself or herself in a way considered to be inconsistent with the objectives of the association as agreed to upon applying for membership, that may change from time to time

Omit: himself or herself

Insert: themselves

10 (3)(c) conducts himself or herself in a way considered to be injurious or prejudicial to the character or interests of the association. 

Omit: himself or herself

Insert: themselves

Administrative Changes

Section 45 Funds and accounts

Omit: Payments of more than $100 must be made by cheque or electronic transfer. Petty cash must be done by imprest system.

Add: Payments of more than $100 will be made by electronic transfer unless there is a valid reason for cash to be used, as approved by the MC. Petty cash will be operated according to the most compliant system as determined by the MC.

Administrative Changes

Section 19 Electing the Management Committee

19 (3) A list of the candidates names in alphabetical order, with the names of the members who nominated each candidate, must be posted in a conspicuous place in the office or usual place of meeting of the association for at least 7 days immediately preceding the annual general meeting. 

Omit: A list of the candidates names in alphabetical order must be placed in a conspicuous place in the office or the usual place where the meetings are held.

Insert: A list of the candidates names will be posted in a space where members are able to access them.

Administrative Changes

Electronic Membership Forms

Section 7 New membership

(1) An applicant for membership of the association must be proposed by 1 member of the association (the proposer) and seconded by another member (the seconder).

(2) An application for membership must be—

(a) in writing; and

(b) signed by the applicant and the applicants proposer and seconder; and

(c) in the form decided by the management committee.

Insert: (c) in the form decided by the management committee

Renumber: 1(2)(c) to 1(2)(d)

Some of the highlights of 2019:

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