Yesterday, Nicole Murdoch and I were elected to the auDA Board as Demand Class Directors. As you can imagine, we are over the moon – and looking forward to the challenge ahead.
So here’s a big collective thank you to everyone that supported us. There are too many people to name individually, but please know that we appreciated your support along the way – and your vote on the day. We are very grateful.
The result was emphatic, and to my mind, a very big wake up call to auDA. The turmoil of the past 20 months has left a lot of members unimpressed, and yesterday the metaphorical baseball bats were brought out.
We look forward to supporting current Demand Class Director Tim Connell, and the yet to be appointed “casual vacancy” caused by the sudden resignation of Simon Johnson. Tim is a good friend of mine, and he has been so supportive of our election. Thanks Tim. 🙂
Where To From Here?
It’s important to remember that we are part of a Board of Directors, and we are currently in the minority on lots of issues. Magic isn’t going to happen overnight. We can’t enact anything – but we can push for the changes we stood for on the “Grumpy” platform. Everyone can rest assured that we will be doing that. Beginning is winning.
This is what we stood for:
- auDA should be a true membership organisation.
- Total transparency with all members and stakeholders.
- Better communication and consultation.
- Prompt publication of Agendas, Minutes & Reports.
- Proper and effective growth of the Australian namespace to benefit all participants.
- Free auDA membership to all registrants (opt-in).
- Updating the very tired auDA Constitution.
- Strong effective leadership for the benefit of all.
This is what we were against:
- Lack of proper consultation with all auDA members.
- Direct Registration – it is a double tax on registrants.
- Introducing biggest change to .au without first consulting all registrants.
- Blame games against past Directors and staff.
- Divisions between Supply and Demand – we are all Members. It shouldn’t be “them and us”.
- The amount of red tape for registrars, re-sellers and registrants.
Generally speaking, I am impressed by the new Chair Chris Leptos. I think this was an excellent appointment for auDA members, and I believe he will lead true change to the culture at the organisation. As always though, time will tell!
In my opinion, it’s important that he and every other Director remember that auDA is a membership organisation, and members have rights and expectations. This has been so clearly demonstrated this year via the members Special General Meeting, and yesterday’s AGM election result.
Bring back the communication, transparency and proper processes that have been so sorely lacking, and you will find that members “tones” improve remarkably. This is the message we will be taking to the Board.
Ned O’Meara – 28th November 2017