Having previously lived in Melbourne, I love the place. And I particularly love Victoria (except for Puckapunyal where I spent a little time many years ago!).
When I visit from North Queensland, it’s great to reinfuse oneself with all that Melbourne has to offer e.g. sporting capital of the world, shops, coffee, restaurants. I’m sure you get my drift.
And for those that didn’t know, auDA is based in Melbourne. Their role is to administer the .au ccTLD (Aussie domain names) for the benefit of the whole Australian community.
How’s This For A Fact Though!
Did you know that 9 out of 11 current Directors are from Victoria? And if you add the CEO (who is a non-voting member of the Board), then that makes 10 out of 12.
Hello! There are other States and Territories in Australia. How about some representation from Queensland – or Tasmania; or South Australia?
Now I know that with regards Demand and Supply Class Directors, it does depend who stands for election. Independent Director appointments are a different matter. These are selected by the Board. With yesterday’s announcement of two new Independent Director appointments (including Chair), 2 out of 3 Independents are Melbourne based – the other is from Sydney.
This overall imbalance suggests to me that auDA needs to get on the road and encourage memberships from all over Australia. Perhaps they could make it easy for everyone and just allow every Australian registrant of a domain name free membership on an opt-in basis. Like Canada does.
Ned O’Meara – 21st November 2017