Australia

 

Democrats Abroad Australia (DAAU) is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Australia. Membership is available only to US citizens. Joining Democrats Abroad will enable you to have a say in the future of our Party right from Australia.

It’s critical now more than ever that we push for bold reforms in the United States and take back our country in November 2020.

Make sure you vote from abroad and help Get Out the Vote for 2020. Once you have requested your ballot, we recommend that you share the www.votefromabroad.org website to other Americans or Australians who may know Americans! Everyone is welcome to like our Democrats Abroad Australia Facebook page.


Kent Getsinger, Chair
[email protected]
Democrats Abroad - Australia

DA Australia Leadership:

Kent Getsinger
| Democrats Abroad Australia Chair
Layne Mostyn
| Democrats Abroad Australia Vice Chair
Paul LaFreniere
| Democrats Abroad Australia Treasurer
Connie Gibbons
| Democrats Abroad Australia Secretary
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    Call for Nominations: DA Asia Pacific RVC

    Call for Nominations:
    Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Asia Pacific

    We are now accepting nominations for the bi-annual election of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for the Asia Pacific (AP) region! This election will take place during the AP Regional Meeting on the 16th of May as part of the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting. One vote is allocated to each AP country committee and will be cast solely by country committee chairs and vice chairs. The chair and vice chair each carry ½ vote. If either is not present, the other will carry the full vote.

    Democrats Abroad has three RVCs, one for each region, who:

    • Are elected to a two year term that begins and ends with the regional election.
    • Cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
    • Serve as one of 8 voting members of the International Executive Committee. Meetings are currently held weekly and typically last from two to three hours, but this is subject to change with the new leadership. 
    • Organize and lead monthly regional calls of about one to two hours to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. 
    • Organize and lead a one to three day annual regional meeting to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. When practical, these annual meetings are held as in-person events with remote participation available. 
    • Act as a liaison between the International Executive Committee and one or more of the Democrats Abroad committees, lending a hand to the committee chair and assuming chair responsibilities should that position not be filled.
    • Assist in organizing and attend the annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting, preferably in person when conditions allow. Note that travel costs are the responsibility of the RVC.
    • Work with existing country committees to mediate and resolve issues within their committees including election issues, membership queries, etc. 
    • Track compliance status of country committees with Charter requirements and work with emerging and out-of-compliance countries to help bring them into compliance.
    • Communicate International Executive Committee decisions, policies, and Democrats Abroad best practices to the country committee leaders.
    • Bring regional issues to the International Executive Committee for discussion and resolution.

    The eligibility requirements for AP RVC are as follows: 

    • Be a citizen of the United States. 
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad residing within a country in the Asia Pacific region.
    • Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.
    • Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the AP region who are temporarily residing outside of their country of residence due to the pandemic may still run for AP RVC (example: resident of Singapore who is temporarily residing in France due to quarantines and travel restrictions). There must be an intent to return to the AP region following the lift of travel restrictions.

    Self-nominations and nominations of others are both welcomed and encouraged! Please submit any nominations via the nomination form at this link no later than 23 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Each nominee is required to accept their nomination no later than 31 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Nominations from the floor of the election meeting will be accepted as well, and all official candidates will be given time to make a short speech.

    A list of candidates will be released on 1 April following the nomination acceptance deadline. 

    Please direct any questions to [email protected].

    On behalf of the 2021 AP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC),

    Anthony Nitz (Vietnam, Chair)
    Christine Valverde (New Zealand)
    Michael Ramos (Australia)
    Phong Quan (Singapore)



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    What is missing from the discussion on the political polarisation?

    The Q+A Panel “US Election 2020” on Monday, 22 September was a challenging and needed discussion about the polarisation in the United States and the very real possibility that there could be mass unrest before, during and after this election.

    There was disagreement about the very scary sense of unease in the United States. Challenging issues were discussed such as the systematic issues of racism where organisations like Black Lives Matter are crying out for justice. 

    However, what was missing from the conversation was the issue of economic inequality.

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM Sydney Time · 51 rsvps
    Online in Sydney, Australia

    Democrats Abroad Australia Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    Democrats Abroad Australia Annual General Meeting (DAAU AGM)

    It's that time of year for our AGM!

    We've had a tremendous result from our efforts over the past two years. We acted in solidarity and unity with our fellow Americans back home to Get Out The Vote from down under to ensure that we had a new direction for our country.

    In this process, we saw an incredible amount of volunteer interest and new Americans joining DAAU.

    This year, we'll be celebrating that as we elect a new National leadership for DAAU. Details will be released soon by the Nominating Committee for the process for nominating and how elections will occur.

    We will hold this meeting online due to the uncertainty of the border situation in Australia. This is to ensure that there is equity in the election process and accessibility for attendance.

    Our draft agenda will include:

    • The Chair (and Vice-Chair) Report
    • The Treasurer’s Report and approval of the accounts
    • Secretary’s and Membership Report
    • Election of New Officers
    • Any Other Business

    Please register below if you plan to attend, details will be released soon about how to join!

     

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 06:00 PM Sydney Time
    Aurora Rooftop Hotel in Surry Hills, Australia

    DAA NSW Sydney April Chapter Meet-Up

    Please join us for a chapter social catch-up at the Aurora Hotel in Surry Hills on Tuesday, the 20th!
     
    We'll share the results of the Australia General Meeting on Saturday, and chat about potential upcoming NSW events, but mostly, it's an opportunity to connect (or reconnect) with some fellow like-minded members and friends.
     
    The Aurora offers food and drink specials from 5-8pm, so feel free to join us early for some dinner and refreshment.  We'll be seated on the main floor, on the raised area to the left.
     
    We'll kick off with some quick chapter updates around 6:30pm and spend the rest of the time chatting, so no worries if you need to join late.  Hope to see you there!