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inaccuracy or superfluity or take

account of new developments.

c) Composite similar motions or

amendments.

4.2 Selection of amendments

The Committee shall decide which of the

amendments duly submitted to each

motion shall be selected. No amendment

shall be selected if, in the opinion of the

Committee it is insubstantial, outside the

scope of the motion, or tantamount to a

direct negative of the motion.

4.3 Motions for the amendment of

the constitution or standing orders

The Committee may refuse to select

a motion for amendment of the

constitution or standing orders if, in their

opinion, it is:

a) Similar in effect to another motion

which has been selected for debate

or ballot at the same meeting of

conference.

b) Similar in effect to a motion that has

been rejected at either of the last two

meetings of conference.

c) In the case of amendments to the

constitution, incomplete in that it

leaves unamended some other part of

the constitution which contradicts the

meaning of the amendment.

d) In the case of amendments to

standing orders, incomplete in that it

leaves unamended some other part of

standing orders which contradicts the

meaning of the amendment.

e) Ambiguous.

4.4 Emergency motions

The Committee may reject an emergency

motion if:

a) It is similar in effect to another motion

that has been selected for debate or

ballot.

b) It is similar in effect to a subject

chosen for a topical issue discussion.

c) It is unclear as to its meaning or intent

or is, in the opinion of the Committee,

too poorly drafted to provide a

sensible basis for debate.

d) It falls outside the definition of

emergency motions.

No amendment shall be taken to any

motion selected under this Standing

Order.

4.5 Ballots for emergency motions

All emergency motions, except those

rejected under Standing Order 4.4,

must be placed either on the agenda

for debate or in a ballot for selection by

Conference. The Committee may hold

separate ballots to select which of a

range of emergency policy motions and

which of a range of emergency business

motions to debate. If one or more ballots

is held the Committee shall circulate the

text of all balloted motions to the voting

members as soon as practicable and

shall specify a closing time for the ballot.

Following the counting of any ballots the

Committee shall organise the debates

on the motions in the order chosen by

conference in the ballots.

4.6 Emergency amendments

The Committee shall have complete

discretion whether to select emergency

amendments for debate.

4.7 Topical issue discussions

The choice of subjects for topical issue

discussions shall be made by the Officers

of the Committee in consultation

with the Officers of the Federal Policy

Committee. In choosing the subjects,

the Officers shall have regard to the

significance and topicality of the subjects

proposed and whether they are likely to

provoke a lively discussion.

5. Special meetings

5.1 Timetabling of special meetings

The Committee shall, as soon as

practicable after the requisitioning of

a special meeting of the conference,

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