2017 Natcon BM agenda

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This article details the Agenda for the Business Meeting of the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention (the Natcon in 2017) to take place at Continuum 13 in Melbourne, in the Fallout Zone Room of the Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC, at 5.00pm, Sunday, 11 June, 2017.


1. Confirmation of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting.

2. Business Arising from the Previous Meeting.

3. Natcon Standing Committee Report

4. Site Selections

a Site Selection for the 2018 National Convention
b Site Selection for the 2019 National Convention

5. Ditmar Subcommittee report

6. Convention Reports

a. 2015 – Swancon 40
b. 2016 – Contact 2016
c. 2017 - Continuum 13

7. Selection of the Standing Committee

8. Motions on Notice

  • Motion
That in 3.11 of the rules, all occurrences of "recognised award" be replaced with "national or international award",

so that 3.11 reads:

3.11 New Talent: This award recognises excellence of achievement in any field of the genre by an individual who has never been nominated for a national or international award, or has only been nominated for a national or international award in one or both of the two calendar years prior to the year for which they are a Best New Talent nominee. Recognized awards include but are not limited to: Australian SF ("Ditmar"), Aurealis, Hugo and Nebula Awards. Once nominated, an individual may only be nominated once more, in the year following the first nomination.
Proposed: Peter Lyons
Previously it has been enough to be nominated for a local convention award

(such as the Chronos or the Tin Duck) to eventually disqualify you from a New Talent nomination. This serves to eliminate potential awardees before they have gained sufficient recognition to receive nominations for the Ditmars.

9. General Business

Additional information

  • All positions on the Standing Committee of the Natcon Business Meeting will be up for re-election by the meeting.
  • Representatives of bids for the 2018 or 2019 Australian National Science Fiction Convention should be bid should be prepared to address the meeting.