auDA Board Needs Some Diversity

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


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    November 21, 2017 at 8:51 am
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    Agree, on the free memberships.

    If you look at the membership base Melbourne is far and away the biggest chunk, much bigger than Sydney. I suspect that relates to back to the country code starting off at Melbourne University so a lot of the companies involved with the domain area are also based in Melbourne.

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    November 21, 2017 at 1:59 pm
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    Can you add another column for Victorian Liberal party members.

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    • Ned O'Meara
      November 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm
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      Stirrer!

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        November 21, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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        Normally I wouldn’t care but the number of victorian liberal party members that are on the board, working for auDA or working as consultants for auDA, is approaching plague proportions.

        It speaks to “branch stacking” and the concentration of power and we know what happens then.

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          November 21, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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          I’m with you David. Ridiculous that almost every major appointment is someone affiliated with one particular political party. I think this is also flowing through into elections results at times. What is the chance of all these people just randomly happening to be liberal party members?

          At least the the latest independent director looks to be unaffiliated.

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  • tim
    November 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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    just for the record, i refuse to be a victorian 🙂 even though i live here , i’m a byron bay / ballina boy as well as i have spent over 20 yrs of my life in qld and qld is my state of origin team.

    i have only 5% of my clients are in victoria, the rest are in nsw and qld.

    whilst i get your point, mark me off the list of victorians 🙂

    i also vote Green ! and have done as far back as i can remember

    tim

     

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