Melbourne’s attempt to change its constitution at next week’s special general meeting has backfired, with former board candidate Peter Lawrence taking the club to court in an attempt to make his case to members that the constitution should be revised.
Lawrence’s application for membership details will be heard in the Supreme Court on Wednesday before Mr Justice Riordan, just a week before the club hoped to make limited changes to its constitution. A club source said Lawrence wanted access to members’ emails as well as postal addresses.
In its first constitutional review in 15 years, Melbourne established a constitutional reform taskforce and made possible amendments available on the club’s website. The club needs more than 75 percent of voting members to pass the change.
Proposed changes have been sent to members that include a nine-year term limit for ordinary directors (three three-year terms), but retain the president’s right to serve on the board of directors for up to 15 years, depending on what stage of their tenure they are elected at. the president. They also want to change the chairman’s name to president, recognize the AFLW team, allow online voting and require 20 members to support a candidate to be elected to the board, rather than two.
Lawrence, who has run for the board in the last two elections, has formed a group called Democracy, which would like to limit a director’s term to nine years regardless of when he becomes president, and to keep the requirement that a member must be nominated only until two voting members to be a candidate for director election.
The club, which won the premiership in 2021, intends to hold an extraordinary general meeting next Wednesday, October 26, where it is planned to put the proposed changes to a vote.