Wednesday 2nd August
♦ One of the co-organisers of the S249D meeting was Josh Rowe (former auDA Director). He was interviewed by Ross Greenwood of Radio 2GB on Wednesday evening. 8 minute podcast is here. Well worth a listen. The background is covered on Domainer.
Tuesday 1st August
♦ My take on yesterday’s meeting is on Domainer. Time will tell if auDA really listened to us.
Monday 31st July
♦ Members meeting held. The CEO basically hijacked our meeting by do a long 45 minute presentation to start with. This annoyed many members – and made for a fiery question and answer session. Unfortunately, auDA could not get their technology organised properly, and the promised webinar descended into farce. auDA have promised to get a recording of the meeting up on their website asap.
Saturday 29th July
♦ Yesterday, Stuart Benjamin resigned as an Independent Director and Chair of auDA. Members have been heard. Meeting still to proceed on Monday with reduced agenda.
Friday 28th July
♦ Today was a huge day. More proxies kept rolling in, and in simple terms, we had more votes than had ever been voted at any auDA AGM or EGM in the past – by a huge margin.
Then came the “nail in the coffin” – since last Friday we had been following up auDA regarding whether they would accept that voting had to be counted as per S203D of the Corporations Act. i.e. a simple majority of the total number of votes cast rather than a majority in each class of membership. Late yesterday afternoon, Di Parker (Company Secretary at auDA) confirmed that voting would indeed be on a simple majority basis.
Less than 2 hours later Stuart Benjamin resigned. Obviously this was a more preferable course of action than what would have happened at the meeting on Monday. His resignation statement contained a number of barbs and unfounded statements, but no need to get into that today.
The fact is we succeeded. So thank you so much to every single member that gave us their support in this cause. It shows that auDA is indeed a membership organisation, and that should never be forgotten by those in power. All we ever wanted was transparency, communication and proper processes. The Board and management at auDA forced us to take this action by not observing these basic principles.
Monday 24th to Thursday 27th July
♦ The proxies start flowing in – simply amazing. Important figures on the Supply side let it be known that they’re not happy with auDA either, and that a number of them will be voting in favour of the resolution to remove Stuart Benjamin. Other Demand members (like Linux Australia) let it publicly be known that they were not happy with the lack of communication and transparency from auDA.
Friday 21st July
♦ The meetup / lunch that auDA had planned for registrars on Monday has been postponed (at the request of registrars). When this was first announced, we called this out as “pork barrelling”!
Thursday 20th July
Tuesday 18th July
Monday 17th July
Friday 14th July
Tuesday 11th July
♦ Is This Subtle Pork Barrelling? (The CEO attempts to show real concern for Registrars!)
Monday 10th July
Friday 7th July
Friday 7th July
Thursday 6th July
Tuesday 4th July
♦ auDA unilaterally declares via a Members Newsletter declares that 3 out of 4 resolutions are invalid.
Monday 26th June
♦ Had a long telephone discussion with Cameron Boardman and Di Parker from auDA on Tuesday 20th June; and a shorter one on Friday 23rd June. Followed up with this letter:
As you can see, what is most concerning is the uncertainty surrounding whether they will in fact accept the outcome of the members meeting (if it goes against them). Optics would not look good if that was the case. Cameron Boardman has promised to respond to this potential issue asap.
Wednesday 21st June
♦ Background further updated on Resolution 3.
♦ Background further updated on Resolution 4.
Tuesday 20th June
♦ Thanks to everyone who signed the online petition – we well and truly have the numbers. Now we wait and hear from auDA (they have statutory time obligations). They had a Board Meeting yesterday, so I imagine our S249 General Meeting request was discussed. This article was posted on Domainer.com.au yesterday morning – it may give them something to think about.
♦ “Background” updated for Resolution 3 of the S249 Meeting.
Saturday 17th June
“Background” updated for Resolutions 1 and 2 of the S249 Meeting.
Friday 16th June
This letter was emailed to Cameron Boardman (CEO at auDA). A separate letter was also sent to Di Parker (Company Secretary at auDA).
Both Cameron and Di acknowledged receipt by return email.