Why not give a proxy for the NRMA AGM – CO2

The NRMA makes an attractive offer “You will go into the draw for the chance to win one of 40 Caltex StarCash cards worth $500 each just by;

* appointing a proxy to attend and, if required, vote on your behalf if you are unable to attend the meeting, or
* by attending the 2008 AGM in person.”

The more I think about it – the worse this seems, so I wrote to the NRMA…

“I want to appoint a proxy. I would appoint a proxy if I could find out other NRMA members apart from the Board Members who will be attending, and who are making a commitment to represent concerns that correspond to mine. The MyNRMA website is sufficiently advanced, with a member login system, to provide members an online forum for stating the concerns that they would raise at the AGM, and offering to represent members via their proxies, but I cannot find this on MyNRMA website. This would be the democratic way to promote a higher level of membership participation in the AGM. A possible petrol voucher to persuade me to give my proxy to a current Board member (it’s pretty impractical for me to find anyone else with any clout to give my proxy to) on the other hand is not democratic – more a bribe with a tiny bit of largesse from those who already run the NRMA and control its resources.

And the concerns I would like to have raised? Although I am a motorist and NRMA member, I don’t WANT to be a motorist to the extent that I am. I am rather a citizen who needs to travel, and who is concerned about many issues, especially the urgent matters of global warming, environmental sustainability and inequality. I would rather see the NRMA advocating better transport in general, including public transport and bicycle transport, and making the case for much, much more investment in public transport, instead of prioritising advocacy of measures to make it easier for the driver of the private vehicle to continue making more use of a private vehicle. Greener private vehicles yes, but public transport would make a much bigger difference to CO2 emissions.

Until I can find a suitable proxy, I will not be appointing one.”

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  1. Matthew Tanttari

    i agree with you. this procedure is completely unfair. I like to own a car, but I don’t agree how in the news and media the NRMA pushes car usage. car usage needs to go down- and public transport up. Where is there an alternate list of proxies for the Annual General Meeting?

  2. thirdshift

    Hi Matthew,Since writing this post I have been contacted by the Motorists Action Group – http://www.mag.org.au/ – They recommend giving proxies to Richard Talbot, and voting in the upcoming elections for MAG candidates, i.e. candidates without an asterisk against their names. They are on the Board now. You can also read more about MAG on their website.

  3. marauder

    Very helpful! I had the same problem, and have now nominated Richard Talbot as my proxy.




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