auDA, you really do seem to have some problems at the moment – and you have brought all these on yourself by your lack of proper communication and transparency.
The revolt by Members by calling a S249D meeting is just an indicator of the problems you potentially face in the future. The last thing anyone wants (members included), is for these to become bigger than “Ben Hur”.
The Big Issue Is “The Registry Transformation Project”
This is how many “Demand” and “Supply” members see it.
♦ Your actual intentions are confusing. In one breath you say that auDA is not going to become a registry operator – yet all your written communications say the opposite. Here is one example (bolding is mine):
“auDA has decided to conduct a tender process to enable auDA to build and operate a dedicated .au registry.”
♦ You haven’t made your case to members – you may understand what you’re trying to do, but we don’t.
♦ If you do want to make such a substantial transformation to how auDA has always operated, then you have to observe the Constitution and get member approval via a special resolution. This also means “making your case” as I said above. If you do this, you may find that members will get behind your aspirations. But if you don’t, they won’t.
If members vote for Resolution 3 whenever the S249D meeting is held, you will then have to call an EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) to put a special resolution to members. Or wait for the AGM to put this up. That’s ages away.
This will put auDA under all sorts of time pressures to wait this long. And what will happen if you don’t get a 75% approval from both classes of membership? To put it in plain lingo, you’ll probably be “stuffed” – and you’ll have to go cap in hand to AusRegistry and ask for an extension of the existing registry contract!
So our advice is get some resolution one way or the other within the next 30 days. Call an urgent EGM immediately, and put your case to the members. You’ll either get approval or you won’t – but at least you will know quickly. Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it?
Ned O’Meara – 23 June 2017