If ever ACT has an opportunity to make changes, it is now.
Not only does the party have a relatively new leader and a caucus of only two, but the party’s administrative hierarchy looks set for a major “changing of the guard.”
After five years at the helm, president, Catherine Judd, is stepping down.
Vice president, Johnny Ormond’s position is also up for election.
Five out of the seven regional ACT Board positions are up for election, as are four of the seven, deputy Board members.
The ACT on Campus presidency is also up for renewal as the very capable Mike Collins leaves university.
It’s a very exciting to be involved in ACT right now, because the party is clearly in a state of flux.
A lot of ideas are floating around about the party’s direction and members have been having considerable say in this.
To my mind, the key word is RELEVANCE.
How can we make our policies relevant to the voters? How can a tiny caucus be made relevant to the public, the media and other parties in parliament?
More importantly though. How can ACT become more relevant to the new members and the lapsed old members we wish to attract.
Most importantly of all. How do we organise ACT so that the party becomes more relevant to our existing members?
The first rule of retailing is “look after your existing customers first”. If we can look after our existing members better, they will take care of the rest.