MARDI GRAS BOARD CALLS EGM TO RESOLVE CORRUPTION CLAIMS


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Two directors have demanded an extraordinary general meeting of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited to discuss proposed measures to prevent alleged corruption within the organisation.

Silke Bader and James Brechney are calling for the executive to promptly disclose financial and legal documents, as well as information on theft.

But, as The Sydney Morning Herald reports, the 13 resolutions have drawn the ire of the six other board members, who say many of the issues raised in the resolutions are old or have already been dealt with.

Amongst the resolutions are a call for the CEO and directors to share information surrounding finances, legal advice and employee contracts with other board members if requested; for measures to be put in place to deal with theft of monies from the organisation exceeding $2000 and for the NSW Police to be informed and charges filed for thefts exceeding $10,000.

Other resolutions address conflicts of interest, implementing tender processes and curbing spending by the organisation at promotional visits.

Mr Brechney said that while the conflict between Mardi Gras directors could affect next year’s parade and festival “we shouldn’t be afraid to go to the members to have these robust discussions”.

These sort of things can be quite healthy in the long term, but absolutely in the short term it’s been a frustrating experience.”

Mr Brechney said he was worried about a lack of transparency in the running of Mardi Gras, which was having a dramatic overhaul, including a possible re-routing of the parade.

In response, Mardi Gras has issued a letter to all members calling for an extraordinary general meeting at the Erskineville Town Hall on June 25 in which it states that the Board does not support any of the proposed resolutions.