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auDA appoints New Zealand company for review of governance of .au

Discussion in 'Domain News' started by the_other_james, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. the_other_james

    the_other_james Membership: Community

    Feb 25, 2011
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    "The auDA Board has appointed New Zealand-based company Westlake Consulting Ltd (WCL) to undertake a review into aspects of the governance arrangements for Australia’s ‘.au’ Internet domain."

    This must have slipped by me for some apparent reason. I do still find it very confusing that a non-Australian company would be given this project.

    Oh wait, I read a bit further down.

    "WCL is a governance advisory firm which works internationally and has undertaken reviews of a number of ICANN Advisory Committees, InternetNZ (the .nz administrator), as well as for a number of New Zealand Government agencies and NGOs. The WCL team will be led by Richard Westlake (Managing Director) and Vaughan Renner and has engaged former ICANN CEO and President, Dr Paul Twomey, to provide additional input and expertise."
  2. brettf

    brettf Membership: Community

    Jan 7, 2011
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    I'm more confused by the fact that auDA have appointed a body to review them.

    Surely as they are paying the bill and are effectively the client then it's unlikely to be objective.

    Any review must be completely arms length, and I don't see this as being that.
  3. DomainNames

    DomainNames Membership: Community

    Oct 5, 2010
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    Again 100% I agree with you on this.