Due to what I might describe as an ethically sound, and clearly thought-out decision on the part of Ben Mathis (you will note that I do not comment on whether or not it is right), there are two vacancies which require urgent action.
Firstly, Liberal Youth require a Vice Chair Campaigns to fulfil the remainder of the 2008-2009 term (until 30 June). This will be filled by co-option. Secondly, they require a Vice Chair Campaigns to fulfil the 2009-2010 term until a proper by-election can be held at their next conference. This will also be handled by means of a co-option.
And now, as I fear you might have guessed, is where it gets a mite complex. This is, I emphasise, not a criticism, although there are those who might feel that it should be. In most parts of the Party, the Executive Committee are empowered to co-opt without much in the way of limitation. Liberal Youth are different, as much to ensure openness and transparency, I suspect, as for any other reason.
Accordingly, Liberal Youth will seek nominations from the membership, whereupon all nominees will have their manifesto circulated to the 2009-2010 Executive Committee*, who will vote by secret ballot (probably by e-mail and/or text). Given that Liberal Youth don't have a staff member at the moment - watch this space - I'll be talking to James Shaddock to see how we go about kickstarting the process.
So, if you're a member of Liberal Youth, watch out for the advertisement and, if you think that you have what it takes to be a good Vice Chair Campaigns, why not apply?
* The 2008-2009 Executive Committee have, I am told, agreed to accept whoever is 'elected' to fill the 2009-2010 vacancy pro tem...