Members Are Grumpy auDA!

This afternoon, a percentage of members expressed their dissatisfaction with the current auDA Board and Management by using the provisions and protections of Corporations Act 2001 (and the auDA Constitution) to call for a General Meeting under S249D of the Act.

We needed a minimum of 5% of auDA members to sign the online petition to get this underway – so far we have almost double that. Thank you to everyone who voted and helped us get our initial numbers.

You can read all about our campaign at (what a great domain name for the purpose!). And if you’re an auDA Member that hasn’t already signed the petition, you can do so here. We’d be really grateful for your support. 🙂

The actual vote on the resolutions won’t take place until auDA determines when the actual meeting will take place. That could be at least 2 months away.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this project – and did it on the absolute quiet! Loose lips sink ships. And a special thanks to my son Luke who did the website and all the backend forms etc. You’re a legend.

Here is a copy of the letter sent to the CEO of auDA earlier this afternoon (he has acknowledged receipt).

Letter to auDA 16 June 2017 redacted


Ned O’Meara – 16th June 2017



9 thoughts on “Members Are Grumpy auDA!

  • June 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    auDA: Call for Member Meeting
    Call for General Meeting
    We request that the Directors of the .au Domain Administration Ltd ACN 079 009 340 (auDA) call a general meeting of all Members to be convened pursuant to Section 249D of the Corporations Act 2001. We note that Directors must call the meeting within 21 days of this notice, and that the meeting must take place within 2 months from the date of receipt of this request.

    We have the support of at least 5% of members; whose signatures are included in electronic format, as per the Corporations Act 2001 and auDA Constitution.

    We also give you notice of our intentions to move the following resolutions at that meeting.

    Members will be asked to consider and, if thought fit, to pass the following resolutions as ordinary resolutions:

    Resolution 1

    “That all historical Board Minutes, Agendas and Reports (public versions) are restored to the auDA website; and that future Board Minutes, Agendas and Reports (public versions) are published in a timely manner.”

    Resolution 2

    “That the recently imposed Members Code of Conduct is in contravention of (13.3) and (29) of the auDA Constitution, and therefore needs to be suspended until approved by a special resolution of Members.”

    Resolution 3

    “That auDA is not a wholesale registry as defined by its OBJECTS and Principal Purposes under (3) of the auDA Constitution. If auDA wishes to change its purposes, objects or scope, then it must first put a special resolution to its Members by virtue of (16.3.d) of the Constitution.”

    Resolution 4

    “That Stuart Benjamin be removed as a director of the Company with immediate effect.”

    No further business will be included at this meeting.

    Thanks for signing!

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  • June 16, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    People are mostly upset about the code and the minutes and those two issues could now cost Auda the registry project  as well as the chairman’s position.

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    • June 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Exactly Paul. The two biggest mistakes “they” have made are:

      1. Treating members as proverbial mushrooms; and

      2. Ignoring the fact that auDA is a membership organisation with a Constitution that needs to be followed.


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  • June 17, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Honestly how could the board think they could railroad the members

    This pushback by the members has been a long time coming and we have put up with a lot and unfortunalely it has come to the point where we can take no more

    what auda needs to realise is that this is actually an industry and some of us need to pay our bills

    8 people like this.
  • June 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Wow, I found out recently  a new .au was on the cards and came across this blog. It made me wonder, If they can’t sort out simple issues with members can we trust them with a new extension.

    Good on you for taking a stance.

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    • June 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      AUDA’s best effort on launching a new tld so far is You can be sure that if .au ever gets off the ground it will be a disaster.

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  • June 23, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Is there values in getting more people to sign this petition, considering you’ve already met the minimum requirement?

    I’d like to sign it if there is a benefit, and although I know my membership was approved at the last board meeting, my name has yet to be added to the membership list.

    • June 23, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Alex, congrats on becoming a member! We need as many people as possible to have a say in the future of .au.

      As far as the online petition is concerned, we’d love your support – even though we already have over 3 times the minimum required. The more members that we have signing this form the better – it shows auDA that there is real concern. It takes less than 60 seconds to fill out.

      The only issue will be that you can’t vote at the S249D meeting, because you have to be a member for 3 months before you can vote. But you will be with us in spirit!. 🙂

  • June 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks Ned

    I’ve signed up!

    It came up with a few warnings when I submitted the form (it said successfull though)… Luke might be interested (or not!) 🙂

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