So a Senior Manager at auDA makes a false statement to their contact in a Government department, and an approval already granted for a domain name on auDA’s Reserved List then goes up in smoke.
When the CEO of auDA is then presented with all the facts, instead of quietly correcting the situation and making things right – as any reasonable person would expect (pub test), she fights it tooth and nail.
And there is one huge question which need answering.
The auDA CEO states as a defence that the Senior Manager “did not knowingly make misleading or untrue statements, because they passed on information provided by a trusted third party that they believed to be true“.
Who is this trusted third party?
I have written today to Rosemary Sinclair (auDA CEO) to ask her this question. As a stakeholder who has been affected by this decision, I believe I am entitled to an answer. But I’m not holding my breath!
Having pieced together the clues, it has to be someone in Federal Government. Confidential sources have told me to look at close associates of the auDA Senior Manager. Thanks to FOI and the AAT, I believe the truth will ultimately come out.
And I intend writing to Minister Paul Fletcher as well. Politicians are well versed on the “Pub Test”.