QUEENSLAND LAW SOCIETY
Minutes of the 82nd Annual General Meeting
Law Society House, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane
Wednesday 17 November 2010 at 6.00 p.m.
Honorary Members Present
Complimentary Members Present
Ordinary Members Present
Peter Eardley(President), Ian Berry (Immediate Past President), Bruce Doyle (Deputy President), Annette Bradfield (Councillor), Rowena McNally (Councillor), Lynette Galvin (Councilor), Don Armit (Councillor), Ian Brown, (Councillor), Genevieve Dee (Councillor), Anne-Maree David, Bryan Galvin, Julie Gilfoyle, Aleasha Kelly, Megan Mahon, Bill Purcell, Eugene White
Associate Members Present
QLS Staff Present
The appointed time for the meeting having arrived, and there being a quorum of more than 15 members, the Chair and President,Mr Peter Eardley, welcomed everyone in attendance and formally opened the 82nd Annual General Meeting of the Queensland Law Society.
RECORDING OF MINUTES:
The President, Mr Peter Eardley,advised for the purposes of Rule 80 of the Legal Profession (Society) Rules 2007 that these proceedings would be tape recorded and the minutes would be taken by the Society’s Corporate Secretary, Ms Katrina North.
The President, Mr.Peter Eardley, noted that the following apologies had been received:
Vice President Raoul Giudes, (Councillor ),Joanne Parisi,(Councillor )Michael Fitzgerald (Councillor), Bernie O’Donnell,R.M Badgery
The President, Mr Peter Eardley, tabled a list of proxies certified by the Secretary as being proxies received by the Society for the meeting from members entitled to vote. A copy of a Summary of the Proxies received was available from QLS staff present.
In relation to procedural matters, the President advised that the counting of votes, whether by show of hands or on a poll, would include proxies.
The President, Mr Peter Eardley, advised that Rule 68(1) of the Legal Profession (Society) Rules 2007 sets out that the Chairperson of a General Meeting is responsible for the general conduct of the meeting and the procedures to be adopted at the meeting. He therefore proposed to take as read the notice convening the Society’s 82nd Annual General Meeting and to conduct the meeting in accordance with the agenda set out in the notice sent to members on 6 October 2010 and also in accordance with the Legal Profession (Society) Rules 2007.
Mr Eugene White moved, seconded by Ms Megan Mahon, that the notice convening the Society’s 82ndAnnual General Meeting be taken as read.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF 2009 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
Ms Megan Mahon moved, seconded by Mr Don Armit, that the Minutes of the 82ndAnnual General Meeting, held on 19 November 2009, be confirmed and signed as a correct record.
CONFIRMATION OF AUDITORS:
The President, Mr Peter Eardley, advised that, under the terms of the Financial Administration & Audit Act, the Auditor-General audits the Society’s accounts. This is the standard procedure which the Society is required to follow. This documentation has been made available for inspection at Law Society House and on the Society’s website since 13 September 2010.
ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF THE COUNCIL:
Rule 60 of the Legal Profession Society Rules 2007 provides that one of the items of business of the Annual General Meeting is to receive the Annual Report and Financial Statements of the Council. Copies of the Annual Report and Financial Statements were made available to members on arrival.
The President, Mr Peter Eardley, tabled the Annual Report and Financial Statements.
RECEPTION OF THE ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:
Mr Bill Purcell moved, seconded by Mr Bruce Doylethat the Annual Report and Financial Statements be received by this Annual General Meeting.
Annual Report and Financial Statements Received.
OTHER BUSINESS TO BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE MEETING:
The President, Mr Peter Eardley, advised that there was no other business to be brought before the meeting.
ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT, MR PETER EARDLEY:
The President, Mr Peter Eardley, in accordance with custom, addressed the meeting. The President thanked the profession for the opportunity to serve as President. In particular he thanked the following individuals for their contributions and assistance during the year: Mr Anthony Walduck, Group CFO, Mr Chris Coyne, Chair, Lexon, Mr Michael Young, CEO Lexon, Mr Peter Lyons, Director Member Central QLS and finally Ms Noela L’Estrange, CEO QLS.
Mr Bil Purcell moved a vote of thanks and congratulations on behalf of the meeting for Mr Peter Eardley and his contribution to both the Society and the profession during the year.
Mr Bruce Doyle thanked the President for his contribution, particularly in relation to the development of Corporate Governance of the Council and the Society.
The Society’s President, Mr Peter Eardley, declared the meeting formally closed at 6.19.p.m. and thanked everyone for their attendance.