My name is Ben Aveling. I am professional software developer with 20 years of private sector experience. I am not and never have been a member of a faction, nor a staffer, nor have I held any paid position with the ALP or any level of government. I’ve been a member of the ALP since 2001. I am secretary of the Alexandria Branch and treasurer of Heffron SEC. I’ve been actively involved in the OurALP movement since its inception and I am webmaster of http://www.ouralp.net.
I passionately believe in an active rank and file, one with a meaningful role in decision making. A more active rank and file will drive better, more consistent policies and better decisions. Without internal debate we are ill prepared to defend our positions publicly. This is my reason for nominating for the Rules Committee – the opportunity to influence the evolution of the Party’s rules towards more transparency, more democracy, better decisions and better debate. I want to be a voice on the committee saying: our rules must always protect the voice of the rank and file.