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Lady Penelope said
There are various books that may assist the Chairperson in difficult Meetings as the Act is not overly helpful in this area: 

This is one of the many areas where Fair Trading has consistently let us down. The law tells us what we can, must and mustn't do at meetings, but doesn't offer any assistance with how to go about running the meeting in a civilised fashion.

A simple guide on how to conduct a strata meeting and a reasonable set of non-compulsory standing orders would give the many, many newcomers in strata - and more than a few rusted-on committee members -  an idea of how the meeting should be run (and something to compare their meetings with).

Strata meetings are very different from any other kind of meeting, where the levels of knowledge, experience and engagement vary wildly, and that's before you even get into the out-of-control sense of entitlement some owners bring.

We haven't all been on charity committees, company boards or members of our school's debating society (although you can tell the ones who are - they're the ones shouting "point of order!" despite the fact that there are no orders).

I suppose we have to remember that the people who devise the laws, regulations and publications spend their lives in committee meetings and assume we all do the same.

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JimmyT said
...A simple guide on how to conduct a strata meeting and a reasonable set of non-compulsory standing orders would give the many, many newcomers in strata - and more than a few rusted-on committee members -  an idea of how the meeting should be run...

While not a simple set of rules in half a dozen dot points, our OC did resolve at its first general meeting in the mid-1970s to adopt Joske's book on meeting procedure to be the rules of conduct of our meetings. A few years ago we bought a copy in both electronic form and hard copy. The former lets at least the EC members browse a copy and the latter gives the chair something to thump onto the table at appropriate moments. The latest edition has a section on specific requirements of various states' strata acts. 

http://legal.thomsonreuters.co.....ail/114423

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Hi, Can I please ask if new EC is now called strata committee?  Also, if it's same as EC in terms of other owners attending if they've received due notice, and commenting if politely enquire in advance?  

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The strata committee is really just a change of name for the executive committee.

Non-member owners can still attend but can only get speak if a majority of committee members agree by a vote at the meeting. You would speak to the chair before the meeting to ask that a request to speak at the meeting be considered.

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