All interested HEMP Party Members are urged to attend. The conference is to be held during the 2011 Cannabis Rally, Nimbin MardiGrass, Saturday 30 April at 2:00pm in The Medical Cannabis Tent.
‘Where we’re At’ – Reports from the President and the Secretary.
‘Where we’re Going’ – Topics for discussion and resolution.
1. Formation of interstate branches?
2. Registrations at State levels?
3. We need funding to operate more effectively. How?
4. Party policies other than re-legalisation?
5. Any other topics arising. (Please give some notice to; Graham Askey, Secretary HEMP Party)
State and Territory Branches
NSW electoral laws make it very tough for new, small political parties to get on the official register in NSW. The registration laws are the toughest and most restrictive in Australia. The HEMP Party is currently seeking official registration of individual State and Territory branches of the Party.To apply for registration in NSW a political party must submit its application no less than 15 months out from the calling of an election, have 750 members who are also currently on the electoral roll in NSW plus pay an application fee of $2,000. Federal, Victorian and Queensland laws require 500 members to qualify for registration, less registration fees, and shorter time periods to apply for and attain official registration.
In March 1993, after a decade of raids and arrests, and a particularly intensive recent period of random street searches, arrests and rough treatment, a spontaneous demonstration erupted, and marched to the police station, pelting it with eggs and toilet paper. Nimbin Hemp Embassy members decided to hold the first MardiGrass, a peaceful protest in a non-confrontational atmosphere, that ordinary people could comfortably attend, on May 1, 1993. The MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) was formed to manage the protest rally and consists entirely of volunteers. The intention is to hold a rally every year until prohibition ends.
“This is our nineteenth consecutive Rally for Cannabis Law Reform. We vowed to Rally every year on the first Sunday in May until we are no longer criminals for using cannabis.The recent Nimbin police raids have highlighted their need to reconsider how their limited resources are spent.For over four decades they have been picking on the pot smokers in Nimbin with very expensive operations which have made little or no difference other than to create more young people with criminal records for life. Building more jails is a primitive approach to what is obviously a health and social issue.” Michael Balderstone.
Come to the HEMP Party Conference during MardiGrass Saturday in The Medical Cannabis Tent at 2:00pm.
The complete Nimbin MardiGrass program details are online at; http://www.nimbinmardigrass.com/2011/program11.html