Was it only six or seven weeks ago that we had the members Special General Meeting? And all those wonderful and encouraging promises we were made by the then Deputy Chair of auDA (Erhan Karabardak).
You know, stuff like:
♦ “We’ve heard members loud and clear”
♦ “Tomorrow starts today”
♦ “There’s a bit of mea culpa”
I could go on and on …
One Of The Big Issues
Of particular concern was how the process should work when it came to replacing directors that had resigned during their term. Members felt strongly that if a particular class of member resigned e.g. Demand Class; then a suitable candidate from that membership class should be appointed. Why? Because auDA is a membership organisation, and it is important to have proper and relevant representation.
So let’s fast forward. auDA advertised the “Casual Vacancy” on the 16th August, and Shane Moore put his hand up instantly. Have a read about this in my article of the 18th August.
Here’s an extract (bolding is mine):
“auDA has called for expressions of interest for the casual vacancy by no later than Monday 21st August. This only runs until the next AGM in November – so about 3 months. Given that Shane narrowly came 3rd in last years election, many Demand Class members support him for this position. If auDA is indeed listening to its membership base (as recently promised), then hopefully common sense will prevail.“
One Month Later
It’s been obvious to most interested observers that there are some people on the auDA Board that are not in favour of Shane Moore being given the opportunity to fill a vacancy (that will only last a couple of months). One can only conclude that there are those that feel he is a threat to the status quo.
On Friday – with still no decision made – Shane sent this email to Erhan Karabardak and Tim Connell. This has been partially redacted at Shane’s request.
This says it all.Shane Moore letter 22
We respect the Board’s right to make decisions, but equally you must respect our right to call you on them if we think it appropriate.
Given the AGM is only 2 months away, I don’t know why auDA just didn’t let the position be filled then. By appointing someone else in the interim, it just proves that you haven’t listened to the will of the members.
Erhan, give that you are now “Interim Chair”, the buck stops with you on this. Members deserve an explanation.
P.S. I hope you give Shane back his $99.
Ned O’Meara – 18th September 2017