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Lockdown puts off Carlton vote on constitution change

COVID lockdowns have forced Carlton to postpone their vote on allowing more members to vote on club matters and to recognise women and Indigenous people in their constitution.

The Blues have contacted members to inform them that, due to Melbourne’s sixth COVID lockdown, and indeed the lockdown of the entire eastern seaboard due to COVID outbreaks, they had been forced to put off the meeting for the vote.

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice, pictured with Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula.

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice, pictured with Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula.Credit:Chris Hopkins

The Blues’ members were expected to meet on August 17 to consider the proposed changes, but lockdown has stopped that.

The board felt it was too significant an issue to be dealt with by Zoom. It is expected the vote will now take place at the club’s next annual general meeting.

Under the proposed changes, the club would modernise their constitution to recognise indigenous heritage and people in the game, as well as specifically acknowledging women.

They would alter the voting rights to allow AFL members with club support to vote on club matters.

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They would drop the requirement that a board member be a club member for two years before being able to join the board.

The club also plans to vary the term limits for presidents so that a president could undertake five years in the top job and not be restricted by the 12-year cap on being a board member. So a board member, such as president-in-waiting Luke Sayers, can become president late in their term on the board, and still serve a presidential term.

Sayers joined the Carlton board in 2011 and will take over from Mark LoGiudice as president at the end of this year.

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