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Special General Meeting of Right to Life Australia Inc for 25 June 2022

Unfortunately, the division with our ranks continues to undermine us at a critical time. We have the Second Reading vote in NSW on the euthanasia bill in May and the Committee stage with amendments likely in June. Resisting euthanasia in NSW is my key focus and it should be the focus of RTLA.

However, for reasons I cannot appreciate, on 21 April 2022 I was presented with 56 signatures to call for a Special General Meeting to call an AGM that has already been called!

The list of signatures contains a number of unfinancial members and one member who is overseas who cannot confirm she actually signed the letter. There are also some signatures who could be subject to disciplinary action under the Model Rules. On a generous interpretation there are at most 50 valid signatures – the minimum threshold.

While it is open to me to reject this request for a Special General Meeting for want of signatures, and because an AGM has already been called, I have decided to call the Special General Meeting.

Consequently, relying on the legal advice received, and made available to all members, that I have a month to announce this meeting and some 3 months to hold it, I now convene a Special General Meeting of Right to Life Australia Inc for 25 June 2022 at a location to be determined in the Melbourne CBD at 1pm.

The Special General Meeting will debate only the following motion.

Any call for a Special General Meeting before 21 May 2022 by any member is unlawful and any resolution it passes would be a legal nullity. I would advise RTLA members not to attend meetings called illegally in breach of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and associated regulations. RTLA should behave as a model legal entity and it's members should not act in breach of the laws of Victoria as this brings the organisation into disrepute.

Brendan Long, President/Secretary, RTLA
3 May 2022


On your behalf I have sought advice in relation the calling of the “shadow AGM” by some members on 26th April 2022. The advice is available here. As you can see the advice is very clear that the proposed 26th April meeting is not a legal meeting of the Association. The AGM is to be held on 28 May 2022 as previously indicated.

Brendan Long, President/Secretary, RTLA

Rescheduled RTLA Annual General Meeting

Date: 28 May 2022 at 12noon
Location: Melbourne CBD+ Online (Hybrid event)
NB: Exact location &/or Zoom links will be made available to participants who RSVP.
Proxy due date: 12pm Friday 27 May 2022
Proxy forms & Nomination forms available on request

Rules: In order to participate you need to be a financial member of the RTLA in 2022 verified by the current committee by 12pm Friday 27 May 2022. Nominations from members who are subject to disciplinary action, even if unresolved and in the appeal stage, will not be accepted.

Dr Brendan Long will attend the meeting, open the meeting and appoint the returning officer. At this stage he does not intend to nominate for any position.

An election will be held for 6 positions and only 6 positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and two committee positions. If there are insufficient valid nominations for the 6 positions, a smaller number of positions will be filled.

Nominations can be submitted prior to the meeting or nominations can be taken from the floor.

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