Statement from the Greens NSW Convenor, Debbie Gibson:
On Tuesday 6 March 2018, the Greens NSW was served with a summons for proceedings listed in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday 8 March 2018.
The Plaintiff Cate Faehrmann is seeking an order to direct the party to change the standard practice applied by the membership officer whereby an individual transferring membership from an interstate Greens party is recorded as a provisional NSW member for three months before becoming a full member. This practice accords with our interpretation of the Greens NSW Constitution.
It is consistent with Greens principles to ensure a transparent, fair process is applied equally to all members.
The party’s membership officer sought guidance from the Delegates Council on 25 February 2018 and there was no decision to overturn the current practice.
The Committee of Management is disappointed Ms Faehrmann is pursuing this matter through the courts, especially as our Constitution specifies that disputes are to be resolved by mediation. Whilst we are obtaining our own legal opinion, we will continue to seek to negotiate a non-court resolution of the dispute in the best interests of the membership.
For more information: Lesa de Leau, Acting State Manager 0413581603