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 The Constitution came first, of course, and has proved an admirable document. As a basic statement of our aims and procedure it would be difficult to improve, but it is desirable that it remain a broad charter, and not become complicated with petty issues. In order to alter the Constitution it is necessary that the proposed amendment be adopted by a three-quarters majority at an Annual or Half-yearly General Meeting. Some such qualification is desirable, so that the Constitution may express the will of the great bulk of members: at the same time the requirement of a three-quarters majority can mean that a worthy amendment may be scotched by a small group (in a meeting with 80 members present, it could be defeated by 21 "​No"​ votes). This has the effect of minority rule, but, so long as the Constitution is confined to matters of broad general policy, it will probably be found that any worthwhile change will have almost universal support. The Constitution came first, of course, and has proved an admirable document. As a basic statement of our aims and procedure it would be difficult to improve, but it is desirable that it remain a broad charter, and not become complicated with petty issues. In order to alter the Constitution it is necessary that the proposed amendment be adopted by a three-quarters majority at an Annual or Half-yearly General Meeting. Some such qualification is desirable, so that the Constitution may express the will of the great bulk of members: at the same time the requirement of a three-quarters majority can mean that a worthy amendment may be scotched by a small group (in a meeting with 80 members present, it could be defeated by 21 "​No"​ votes). This has the effect of minority rule, but, so long as the Constitution is confined to matters of broad general policy, it will probably be found that any worthwhile change will have almost universal support.
  
-The by-laws take over where the Constitution ends. They are provided for in the Constitution,​ and may be framed by either a monthly General Meeting or a Committee Meeting, but are subject to ratification at the following Annual or Half-yearly General Meeting. One ratified, by-laws may be altered or cancelled only "with the approval"​ of one of the two major annual meetings, ​whidh ensures that by-laws may be changed at short notice to meet the current situation, but must receive the assent of the next Annual or Half-yearly Meeting. A simple majority is sufficient to confirm the resolution.+The by-laws take over where the Constitution ends. They are provided for in the Constitution,​ and may be framed by either a monthly General Meeting or a Committee Meeting, but are subject to ratification at the following Annual or Half-yearly General Meeting. One ratified, by-laws may be altered or cancelled only "with the approval"​ of one of the two major annual meetings, ​which ensures that by-laws may be changed at short notice to meet the current situation, but must receive the assent of the next Annual or Half-yearly Meeting. A simple majority is sufficient to confirm the resolution.
  
 The job of the by-laws is to provide a set of working rules affecting management of the Club's daily affairs, the behaviour of the members, the responsibilities of the officers, and these laws are based on long-standing resolutions of General and Committee Meetings and the experience of the years. From time to time some may become passe; other fresh rules needed, but the simpler they can be kept, the better. The job of the by-laws is to provide a set of working rules affecting management of the Club's daily affairs, the behaviour of the members, the responsibilities of the officers, and these laws are based on long-standing resolutions of General and Committee Meetings and the experience of the years. From time to time some may become passe; other fresh rules needed, but the simpler they can be kept, the better.
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 Dormie now sought to "prick that annual blister"​ whereby minutes of the Annual and Half-yearly Meetings were kept in cold storage for twelve months, instead of being confirmed at the following General Meeting. After a long and speedy outburst, he brought the house down with "Have I been taken down correctly?"​ Dormie now sought to "prick that annual blister"​ whereby minutes of the Annual and Half-yearly Meetings were kept in cold storage for twelve months, instead of being confirmed at the following General Meeting. After a long and speedy outburst, he brought the house down with "Have I been taken down correctly?"​
  
-The President consulted with the Constitution and found Dormie'​s motion in order: your reporter said it was a matter "which had baffled him when he was Searetary, but he hadn't got around to interfering with the old prooedure, and it was finally resolved that minutes would be dealt with at the following monthly meeting in future, be they minutes of the Annual General or not. "Was it a by-law?"​ asked Kath Brown, and that was left to Committee consideration.+The President consulted with the Constitution and found Dormie'​s motion in order: your reporter said it was a matter "which had baffled him when he was Secretary, but he hadn't got around to interfering with the old procedure, and it was finally resolved that minutes would be dealt with at the following monthly meeting in future, be they minutes of the Annual General or not. "Was it a by-law?"​ asked Kath Brown, and that was left to Committee consideration.
  
 At which stage effective business tapered off into reminders about axe-men and entertainments for the Re-Union, overdue magazine subs., and,the like, and the President banged the bone on the table at - yes, 8.40 p.m. At which stage effective business tapered off into reminders about axe-men and entertainments for the Re-Union, overdue magazine subs., and,the like, and the President banged the bone on the table at - yes, 8.40 p.m.
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 That afternoon we had our first encounter with Stinging trees. Not very attractive trees but if you touched one you weren'​t likely to forget it in a hurry. Under this tree had sprung up a small forest of trees about knee-high and, believe me, they took some negotiating. That afternoon we had our first encounter with Stinging trees. Not very attractive trees but if you touched one you weren'​t likely to forget it in a hurry. Under this tree had sprung up a small forest of trees about knee-high and, believe me, they took some negotiating.
  
-A little further on we came to a small waterfall, that one which is marked on the military map, but it wasn't worth seeing. Beyond that we came upon a large pool, very deep with straight rock up either side. This was a case of swim, for there was no going up and over, the jungle was too thick. Even then, we said, we would probably strike further difficulties. So after consulting the map again, we finally decided to turn back and calmp at the first available spot and the next day we would make back to the junction and follow the left arm.+A little further on we came to a small waterfall, that one which is marked on the military map, but it wasn't worth seeing. Beyond that we came upon a large pool, very deep with straight rock up either side. This was a case of swim, for there was no going up and over, the jungle was too thick. Even then, we said, we would probably strike further difficulties. So after consulting the map again, we finally decided to turn back and camp at the first available spot and the next day we would make back to the junction and follow the left arm.
  
-Our camp site Was hacked out of the jungle, an area just big enough for the tent and as we were cooking tea the storm burst again. We all made a bee-line for the tent except Bill, who stood by the fire in swim trunks ​aad hat until everything was cooked.+Our camp site Was hacked out of the jungle, an area just big enough for the tent and as we were cooking tea the storm burst again. We all made a bee-line for the tent except Bill, who stood by the fire in swim trunks ​and hat until everything was cooked.
  
 This storm was really fierce, so fierce that two yabbies hurried from their waterside homes and seemed rather keen to spend the night with us in the tent. But after repeatedly knocking them off our sleeping bags, they finally took the hint and left. This storm was really fierce, so fierce that two yabbies hurried from their waterside homes and seemed rather keen to spend the night with us in the tent. But after repeatedly knocking them off our sleeping bags, they finally took the hint and left.
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 Progress was just as tough and slow the next day. We stopped to rest at one spot and the boys went off to scout around a bit. They came back with serious faces. "​We'​re bushed",​ said Bill, "I thought we were going right but we've just come up a hill which isn't right according to the map, so now I don't know where we are." Progress was just as tough and slow the next day. We stopped to rest at one spot and the boys went off to scout around a bit. They came back with serious faces. "​We'​re bushed",​ said Bill, "I thought we were going right but we've just come up a hill which isn't right according to the map, so now I don't know where we are."
  
-We retraced our steps and took a more easterly direction. Within fifteen minutes we struck the track. So thrilled were we to get on to a track that we raced along it like hairy goats. But it was then that Bill, in his efforts to avoid a snake which was by the side of the track, hooked his foot under a fallen branch, hurting it badly enough to make it sore to walk on. At 3.00 p.m, we hit the main Border Track and taking the left hand turn, made for the Stinson Base Camp whidh is the only flat spot for miles and that was our Christmas Day.+We retraced our steps and took a more easterly direction. Within fifteen minutes we struck the track. So thrilled were we to get on to a track that we raced along it like hairy goats. But it was then that Bill, in his efforts to avoid a snake which was by the side of the track, hooked his foot under a fallen branch, hurting it badly enough to make it sore to walk on. At 3.00 p.m, we hit the main Border Track and taking the left hand turn, made for the Stinson Base Camp which is the only flat spot for miles and that was our Christmas Day.
  
 (In the next instalment - "On to O'​Reilly'​s."​) (In the next instalment - "On to O'​Reilly'​s."​)
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 Further down, the mixed snow and ice slope required care as it was getting rather soft, so the crampon points were placed securely before transferring weight. Another much needed rest at the rocks and then down 50-ft. into the ice couloir. We were just about to take to the ice when we heard a whirring and clattering noise, so shrank back again the wall - just in time - those rocks coming down were unpleasantly close. Further down, the mixed snow and ice slope required care as it was getting rather soft, so the crampon points were placed securely before transferring weight. Another much needed rest at the rocks and then down 50-ft. into the ice couloir. We were just about to take to the ice when we heard a whirring and clattering noise, so shrank back again the wall - just in time - those rocks coming down were unpleasantly close.
  
-We then had more trouble half-way down the ice slope when my left leg developed cramp. As last man, I did not dare to fall, so yelled a warning and hobbled down on one crampon till comparative safety was reached. The ice couloir was now running with water, and the place did not seem very healthy, especially when a few more stones whizzed past our heads. Even though we were dead tired, our mental faculties were still alert and our retreat ​becare ​more like a military operation, slippery ice and missiles being endured till we jumped the subsidiary bergschrund and rattled down to the col. Oh, well, no harm done! Lord! - what is this? The slope we had climbed in the morning looked horribly steep now, as we craned our necks over it. Had we really came up this?+We then had more trouble half-way down the ice slope when my left leg developed cramp. As last man, I did not dare to fall, so yelled a warning and hobbled down on one crampon till comparative safety was reached. The ice couloir was now running with water, and the place did not seem very healthy, especially when a few more stones whizzed past our heads. Even though we were dead tired, our mental faculties were still alert and our retreat ​became ​more like a military operation, slippery ice and missiles being endured till we jumped the subsidiary bergschrund and rattled down to the col. Oh, well, no harm done! Lord! - what is this? The slope we had climbed in the morning looked horribly steep now, as we craned our necks over it. Had we really came up this?
  
 We belayed properly down this now sun-softened slope, and slowly neared the large bergschrund. Brian plucked up courage and jumped the fifteen feet into the trough. I followed suit - a most peculiar flying feeling this - one second you are high up on the lip, and the next you have landed and are trying to pull both feet out of the soft snow. Brian was feeling much better by this time and had lost his sick feeling, but I still retained a slight headache. We threaded our way through the crevassed area, and fairly romped home to the hut, very fatigued, but quite happy. We had spent a long time over it, but there were no mishaps. We belayed properly down this now sun-softened slope, and slowly neared the large bergschrund. Brian plucked up courage and jumped the fifteen feet into the trough. I followed suit - a most peculiar flying feeling this - one second you are high up on the lip, and the next you have landed and are trying to pull both feet out of the soft snow. Brian was feeling much better by this time and had lost his sick feeling, but I still retained a slight headache. We threaded our way through the crevassed area, and fairly romped home to the hut, very fatigued, but quite happy. We had spent a long time over it, but there were no mishaps.
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-=====Activities Of The Fauna Protetion ​Panel 1952-53.=====+=====Activities Of The Fauna Protection ​Panel 1952-53.=====
  
 By Allen A. Strom. By Allen A. Strom.
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 Two Societies have been established - at Hazelbrook and Wollongong; another will hold its inaugural meeting in March at the Chatswood Town Hall. These societies are to encourage interest in assisting the administration of the Fauna Protection Act, 1948. Two Societies have been established - at Hazelbrook and Wollongong; another will hold its inaugural meeting in March at the Chatswood Town Hall. These societies are to encourage interest in assisting the administration of the Fauna Protection Act, 1948.
  
-===Wedge-Tailed Eagle and Wmobat.===+===Wedge-Tailed Eagle and Wombat.===
  
-The Panel was carrying out investigations relative to protection of these animals when Mr. Clive Evatt, then Chief Secretary, in July 1951 gave them protection for 12 months. When Mr. Kelly was appointed to the Ministry he requested the advice of the Panel on the two animals but, since the Panel'​s investigations had been circumvented by Mr. Evatt'​s action, no advice ​cculd be made and the protection finally lapsed.+The Panel was carrying out investigations relative to protection of these animals when Mr. Clive Evatt, then Chief Secretary, in July 1951 gave them protection for 12 months. When Mr. Kelly was appointed to the Ministry he requested the advice of the Panel on the two animals but, since the Panel'​s investigations had been circumvented by Mr. Evatt'​s action, no advice ​could be made and the protection finally lapsed.
  
-===Kangaroos in teh West.===+===Kangaroos in the West.===
  
 The Chief Guardian of Fauna, the Curator of Mammals at the Australian Museum and Allen A. Strom investigated reports that kangaroos had reached pest proportions west of the Darling River. Observations justified the reports and some thinning by a licensing system was recommended. Considerable delay by the Minister finally led to Cabinet granting an Open season in the Western Division for two months - December/​January 1951-52. This Open Season was reported to be a failure largely because notice was too short and professional shooters were not available. Further application in the named area has led to the granting of an Open Season "of not more than 6 months during 1953" to commence at a date satisfactory to all concerned. Efforts will be made to see that the period of Open Season is used to the fullest. The Chief Guardian of Fauna, the Curator of Mammals at the Australian Museum and Allen A. Strom investigated reports that kangaroos had reached pest proportions west of the Darling River. Observations justified the reports and some thinning by a licensing system was recommended. Considerable delay by the Minister finally led to Cabinet granting an Open season in the Western Division for two months - December/​January 1951-52. This Open Season was reported to be a failure largely because notice was too short and professional shooters were not available. Further application in the named area has led to the granting of an Open Season "of not more than 6 months during 1953" to commence at a date satisfactory to all concerned. Efforts will be made to see that the period of Open Season is used to the fullest.
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 ===Prohibition On The Sale Of Some Wildflowers.=== ===Prohibition On The Sale Of Some Wildflowers.===
  
-A Panel organised by the N.S.W. Ranger Patrol has recommended to the Department of Local Government, that the ban on the sale of Borania floribunda, Gymea Lily, Rock Lily, Native Rose and Woody Pear be renewed, and that such ban be extended to Flannel Flower, all species of Christmas Bells, Waratah, Boronia ledifolia and Boranta ​pinnata.+A Panel organised by the N.S.W. Ranger Patrol has recommended to the Department of Local Government, that the ban on the sale of Borania floribunda, Gymea Lily, Rock Lily, Native Rose and Woody Pear be renewed, and that such ban be extended to Flannel Flower, all species of Christmas Bells, Waratah, Boronia ledifolia and Boronia ​pinnata.
  
 The Federation was represented an the Panel. The Federation was represented an the Panel.
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 ===The National Park Fire Patrols.=== ===The National Park Fire Patrols.===
  
-Owing to the very good season, the Patrols have not found as much work as earlier contemplated;​ but the fact that bushwalkers were willing to assist the Park Trust, has served to assist in the building up a feeling of goodwill between the Trust and Federation. The Fire Danger Period is due to lapse on February 28th. The President thanked all who have assisted and asked them to stand by until the cammencement ​of the 1953-54 Fire Season.+Owing to the very good season, the Patrols have not found as much work as earlier contemplated;​ but the fact that bushwalkers were willing to assist the Park Trust, has served to assist in the building up a feeling of goodwill between the Trust and Federation. The Fire Danger Period is due to lapse on February 28th. The President thanked all who have assisted and asked them to stand by until the commencement ​of the 1953-54 Fire Season.
  
 ===Annual Re-Union Camp.=== ===Annual Re-Union Camp.===
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 ====Tradesmen Wanted!!==== ====Tradesmen Wanted!!====
  
-Tradesmen, (and women), skilled ​ar unskilled, are wanted to join a Bouddi Work Party, March 27/28/29th. Truck transport is available from the city Friday night.+Tradesmen, (and women), skilled ​or unskilled, are wanted to join a Bouddi Work Party, March 27/28/29th. Truck transport is available from the city Friday night.
  
 Ring Allen A. Strom at WB2520, WB2528 or WB2529 for particulars. Ring Allen A. Strom at WB2520, WB2528 or WB2529 for particulars.
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 =====Paddy Made.===== =====Paddy Made.=====
  
-Well, here's February over and March beginning. The welome ​cool breezes will soon denote the end of summer. With winter trips ahead how is the sleeping bag? +Well, here's February over and March beginning. The welcome ​cool breezes will soon denote the end of summer. With winter trips ahead how is the sleeping bag? 
  
 Paddy is pleased to say he can now supply almost anything in the way of sleeping bags. Paddy is pleased to say he can now supply almost anything in the way of sleeping bags.
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 Featherdown £12.19. 6d. Featherdown £12.19. 6d.
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 Superdown £15. 7. 6d. Superdown £15. 7. 6d.
  
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 Paddy Pallin. Lightweight Camp Gear Paddy Pallin. Lightweight Camp Gear
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 201 Castlereagh St Sydney. M2678 201 Castlereagh St Sydney. M2678
  
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