Call To Action!
• Despite some comments and actions to the contrary, auDA is a Membership Organisation. It is accountable to a range of stakeholders, including both the “Supply” and “Demand” sides of the internet community within Australia.
• Without seeking to interfere with the day to day management of auDA, we (the Members) want to be recognised as an integral part of the organisation; and our membership viewpoints treated with respect. Members of auDA should also have a right to be informed about basic decision-making processes of their Board of Directors, and the CEO / senior management.
• Direct correspondence, blogs and forums have been full of complaints directed towards auDA, however Members have been (and are being) ignored.
• The biggest complaint is about the lack of communication and transparency. As an example, all previous Board Minutes and Agendas have been wiped from the auDA website. This is despite assurances from both the Chair and CEO at the recent AGM that members would actually receive more regular Minutes and Agendas. Members are now forced to file a Freedom of Information request to try and access these items!
• As you will see on the Petition, it is our current belief that auDA is also contravening its own Constitution in several ways, and this needs to be formally addressed at a General Meeting. We are not against constructive change, however the Constitution is there for a purpose. Core changes need first to be put to the Members by way of special resolutions.
• In December 2015, Stuart Benjamin suddenly replaced The Hon Tony Staley AO as Chairman. Then, long serving CEO (Chris Disspain) was terminated in March 2016; and a new CEO (Cameron Boardman) was appointed in August 2016.
• Many Members initially welcomed the appointment of Stuart and Cameron, but delight has now turned to dismay. Staff and Director attrition has been mind boggling for such a small organisation. E.g. 10 out of 13 staff members have either left or are leaving as at 30 June 2017. Elected Directors are muzzled from talking to the Members that voted for them. Communication is now one-sided, and transparency seems to be a thing of the past. Does all this indicate a potentially systemic problem for our Membership organisation? We believe so, which is why we are also calling for the resignation of Stuart Benjamin as Independent Director and Chair. This all happened on his watch.
When the auDA Board calls the General Meeting we are petitioning for, Members can choose whether to vote for all, none or some of the four resolutions we propose. That’s democracy in action.