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auDA SGM 2018 - Grumpier.com.au

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    http://domainincite.com/22843-grumpier-aussies-call-for-more-blood-on-the-auda-boardroom-floor
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    "Grumpier Aussies call for more blood on the auDA boardroom floor
    Kevin Murphy, April 9, 2018, 17:27:49 (UTC), Domain Registries

    A group of pissed-off members of the Australian domain name industry are calling for the heads of auDA’s CEO, its new chair, and two other members of its board.

    A triumvirate of long-time participants in the auDA community say they have secured enough signatures on a petition to force the organization to call the meeting under Aussie law.

    They want a vote of no confidence in the CEO, Cameron Boardman, and the firing of all three “independent” directors: Chris Leptos (also chair), Sandra Hook and Suzanne Ewart.

    Their list of beefs is long, but high on it is auDA’s plan to open up .au to direct, second-level registrations for the first time, enabling folk to register example.au instead of example.com.au.

    If this all sounds worryingly familiar, it’s because it’s the second year in a row members have called a special meeting in order to oust its top brass.

    A campaign orchestrated at Grumpy.com.au last year resulted in chair Stuart Benjamin quitting ahead of a member vote to fire him.

    This year’s campaign is being coordinated, with a nod and a wink but none of Grumpy’s original leaders, at Grumpier.com.au.

    Entrepreneur Josh Rowe appears to have held the pen on the petition, backed up by former head of auDA public affairs Paul Szyndler and businessman Jim Stewart.

    As well as the direct registration issue, which the three men think is merely a cash-grab with no benefits for registrants, the petitioners have some harsh things to say about auDA’s governance and transparency.

    The organization has promised to be more open in the wake of last year’s carnage, but Grumpier thinks “things have only got worse”.

    The petition also alludes to rumors of “whispering campaigns” against former staff and “possible financial irregularities”.

    Rowe recently complained on his blog about a freedom of information request related to his own conduct, filed by the same person pursing form auDA CEO (and current ICANN vice chair) Chris Disspain with FOIA requests.

    They also unhappy that auDA is switching .au’s registry service provider from Neustar to Afilias, gaining a rumored 60% discount of which only 10% will be passed on to registrars.

    It’s all getting rather nasty, and I’ve not even mentioned some of the rumors of shenanigans that I seem to find in my inbox on an almost daily basis.

    To force a special member meeting under Australian law, www.Grumpier.com.au says it had to secure signatures of 5% of the members, which it says it has done.

    That’s not much of a threshold, given that auDA only has about 320 members at the moment.

    Assuming auDA agrees that it has to hold a meeting, it has a couple of months to do so."

     
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    http://domainincite.com/22634-auda-probably-wont-pass-on-full-afilias-savings-to-registrants

    "Tonkin confirmed that the back-end fee auDA will be paying Afilias is less than half of what it is currently paying Neustar"

    auDA’s Bruce Tonkin, who led the committee that selected Afilias to replace incumbent Neustar, told DI this week that the organization is likely to take a bigger cut of .au registration fees in future, in order to invest in marketing.

    That would include marketing the ability of Aussies to register .au domains at the second level for the first time — a controversial, yet-to-roll-out proposal."

    100% THE CEO & BOARD MUST GO.. THEY SIMPLY DO NOT LISTEN AND WILL NOT CHANGE!

    Registrars, Resellers are Consumers are being Ripped off... again! No more excuses and lies!

    PASS ON THE 60% LOWER PRICE DROP AUDA TO REGISTRARS AND RESELLERS OR LOSE YOUR JOBS,,

    IT IS POOR MANAGEMENT OF THE .AU NAME SPACE IN BREACH OF THE GOVERNMENT LETTERS OF ENDORSEMENT AND IS RIPPING OFF CONSUMERS!

    LOWER YOUR AUDA FEE'S AND TAXES!

    JUSTIFY YOUR AUDA FOUNDATION TAXES AND FEES!

    DO NOT WASTE $MILLIONS TRYING TO PUSH YOUR EXTRA .AU EXTENSION!

    WAKE UP!

     
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    http://www.domainpulse.com/2018/04/08/auda-set-for-management-clear-out-as-members-revolt/
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    auDA Set For Management Clear-out As Members Revolt [updated]
    By David Goldstein April 8, 2018

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    Following on from today’s earlier article about a trio of auDA members calling for the CEO and 3 independent directors, including the Chair, to be removed. Sources have confirmed the required numbers have supported the petition and a letter has been sent to auDA advising them of the requirement to hold the Special General Meeting.

    The required numbers, 5% of members, had signed the petition at grumpier.com.au within minutes of the petition going public and is a formality for such an SGM under the Corporations Act. The letter calling for the SGM, a general meeting of all Members to be convened pursuant to Section 249D of the Corporations Act 2001, plus the required amount of individually signed petitions, was emailed to Cameron Boardman (CEO) and Hasaka Martin (Company Secretary) on Saturday evening. All Board Members were apparently copied in as well.

    The 4 resolutions to be voted on if the SGM goes ahead are for a vote of no confidence in the CEO Cameron Boardman and for the removal of the 3 independent directors, including the Chair Chris Leptos.

    Member dissatisfaction has been brewing for months following issues with consultation over direct, or second level, registrations, poor communication and transparency and poor governance.

    auDA, the policy and regulatory body for Australia’s country code top level domain, is a membership organisation with members in either demand (those who register domain names) or supply (those who sell domain names) classes. There are 4 directors from each class voted on by members as well as 3 independent directors appointed by the board. Given the outrage at the auDA management and certain board members, it’s hard to see members not voting in favour of the resolutions.

    For more information, see today’s earlier article at:
    www.domainpulse.com/2018/04/08/auda-members-grumpier-demand-heads-roll/

    * The above article has been corrected. An earlier version had said that auDA would be holding the meeting to vote on the resolutions within 2 months of the letter being sent. At this stage auDA have not confirmed if they will be challenging the legality of the resolutions and if they will go ahead.

    * Disclaimer: the writer was an auDA Board member (2005 to 2007), served on 3 auDA Names Policy Panels (2007, 2010 and 2015), was a supplier to auDA for 14 years and is now a supplier to Neustar providing online media monitoring services."
     
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    WOW.
    SGM & AUDA NEWSLETTER RELATED :

    "Brett Fenton Chief Technology Officer at Melbourne IT Group
    I think given the current situation with an SGM being called a fair question to ask and be answered Josh Rowe is, are any of the signatories calling the SGM presently under police investigation?"
     
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    Any media updates?
     
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    The inaction from auDA and Board to action the changes and stop the COR rip off on 1st July 2018 is another issue highlighting their lack of focus to listen to Consumers .

    They have know about this for a very long time, It should have always been part of the .au wholesale registry transition plan and testing.

    If not they have failed again and who pays? The .au domain name consumers pay again..and auDA profits again

    https://www.dntrade.com.au/threads/...-year-registrations-go-live.11858/#post-93084
     
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    https://www.auda.org.au/about-auda/our-org/constitution/

    3.2 Activities
    Without reducing the effect of clause 4, auDA will see to achieve its principal purposes as set out in clause 3.1 through:
    a. ensuring the continued operational stability of the domain name system in Australia;
    b. establishing mechanisms to ensure it is responsive and accountable to the supply and demand sides of the Australian Internet Community;
    c. the promotion of competition in the provision of domain name services;
    d. the promotion of fair trading;
    e. the promotion of consumer protection;
    f. adopting open and transparent procedures which are inclusive of all parties having an interest in use of the domain name system in Australia;
    g. ensuring its operations produce timely outputs which are relevant to the needs of the Australian Internet Community.

    (Amended by Special Resolution, 14 August 2006)
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    https://www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/review-australias-au-domain-management

    https://www.communications.gov.au/publications/review-au-domain-administration
    Commonwealth Governmnt concerns highlighted


    "In considering stakeholder feedback and better practice guidelines, the Review identifies a range of reforms to improve stakeholder engagement, transparency and accountability, and mechanisms to promote trust and confidence in the .au domain name.

    "The Review considers that significant and urgent reforms are necessary to ensure that the .au namespace is administered in line with community and the Australian Government’s expectations. To achieve this, the Review has made recommendations focusing on:
    · clarifying the role of the .au domain administrator to ensure its activities are aligned with its responsibilities
    · reforming the management framework to support improved transparency, consultation and accountability by providing greater guidance on performance and reporting requirements"

    "Governance reviews
    · auDA has commissioned at least two reviews of its governance structures by Westlake Consulting[1] and Cameron Ralph (now Cameron Ralph Khoury).[2] Both reviews proposed a range of reforms to auDA, including increased accountability and transparency, more stakeholder consultation and improved board selection processes.
    · Although the auDA Board accepted most of the recommendations arising from the reviews and some work was initiated, there is little evidence the problems identified by the consultants and the corresponding recommendations have been addressed.

    [1] Westlake Consulting, November 2011, Independent Review of the Governance of .au.
    [2] Cameron Ralph Navigator, October 2016, auDA Board Review—Report for Governance Committee.
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    "In response, members triggered a special general meeting in July 2017. The Chair resigned immediately prior to the meeting. Following the meeting, publishing of minutes was restored and the board revoked the Code of Conduct, resolving to work in partnership with members to develop a new Code.[1] A number of stakeholders have flagged that the quality of the minutes remains a point of contention for auDA members.

    Taken together, these events point to a lack of stability and transparency, an organisation undergoing significant change, and an interventionist membership base concerned about the direction of the organisation.

    [1] auDA, 2017, Board Communique Following Special General Meeting."
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    " In May 2017 auDA commissioned Cameron Ralph Khoury to develop a board skills matrix and develop a Board Charter and Code of Conduct. The consultants were also commissioned to evaluate the Board, review the suite of Board policies, and reform the accountability and transparency framework. There is no indication that these were completed and/or adopted or if the membership was consulted about them."

    "in terms of transparency of internal governance, the Review also finds that there were no public documents outlining the role of the CEO. It was unclear as to the limitations of the CEO and how the position functioned alongside the Board. While the role and responsibilities of the CEO should be clarified, the Review also considers that the functions of this position should be reviewed, including the standards by which the CEO’s performance is assessed."

    "Transparency and consultation
    A key concept for effective stakeholder engagement is to undertake transparent and consultative processes. Collectively, transparency and consultation builds confidence that the activities undertaken and decisions made by a company have considered stakeholder interests and concerns. Transparency also provides assurance that a company is accountable to its stakeholders. Transparency and consultation are also reflected in the current terms of endorsement, which in turn, reaffirms Australia’s commitment to the multi-stakeholder model.

    Submissions highlighted that transparency and consultation are areas on which auDA should improve.[1] Some submissions and stakeholders noted that auDA had not effectively consulted its stakeholders on significant projects, such as the Registry Transformation Project and Direct Registration. While these projects are outside the scope of this Review, the concerns raised in submissions underscore the importance of effective consultation.

    Previous reviews have made recommendations on improving the transparency of the company. The 2011 Westlake Consulting review proposed that auDA should develop and publish an accountability and transparency framework, noting that ICANN has established such a framework to uphold principles around stakeholder engagement, openness and accountability.[2] While a draft framework was produced in 2012, the extent to which auDA has complied with this framework is unclear.

    Overall, the Review considers that it would be beneficial for auDA to publish an accountability and transparency framework and report on its performance against this framework. This would also provide a tangible response to the transparency requirements articulated in the terms of endorsement.

    Recommendation:
    9. That auDA:
    a. formalise its transparency and accountability framework, consistent with recommendations in the Westlake review

    [1] Submissions to the review of Australia’s .au domain management: ACCAN, p.10; John Selby, p.9; and Paul Szyndler, p.7–8.
    [2] ICANN, 2008, ICANN accountability and transparency frameworks and principles."
     
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    It is apparent the position of the 4 named SGM parties is untenable.

    Too many serious issues and acts of poor management have been uncovered and auDA in no way has improved on their accountability or transparency under current auDA Management and Board.

    The very serious Security risk to Australian Critical Infrastructure is obvious with the stacking of hundreds of foreign overseas Supply staff into Demand class to vote and sway process, auDA decisions and what it means for anyone to join in any country with no auDA verification or thought what it means to the auDA Constitution and Government report/ review focus.

    When those new stacked foreigners leave their Supply jobs of if those Supply entities are sold to other countries ( or even a China State Owned Enterprise etc ) they in fact remain auDA Members! Did auDA and Board think about that when they approved and arranged them all to join up in order to stack their power at the AGM and SGM . They missed the SGM new member qualification cut off date their stacked members votes could have been used at with the court rejecting their application..they had tried to stack it in time.

    auDA Management and Board have done the exact opposite of what the Government wanted.. they have tried to spin their mistakes and failures with auDA paid secret PR spin doctors but the facts are clear.

    They are making massive mistakes they want to hide from real auDA members and Government.

    auDA SGM
    www.Grumpier.com.au

    Resolution 1 – Vote of no confidence in Cameron Boardman (CEO)
    Resolution 2 – Removal of Chris Leptos as a Director
    Resolution 3 – Removal of Sandra Hook as a Director
    Resolution 4 – Removal of Suzanne Ewart as a Director
     
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    auDA Member:
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    Josh Rowe, Paul Szyndler and Jim Stewart - Please start campaigning now. You're up against the auDA BS machine. Use the membership list, expose the abuse that is happening .
     
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    1. How much is auDA's Management and current board paying the Liberal Party Spin Doctor Ian Hanke?
    2. Is auDA paying or assisting with materials information Laurie Patton and the new foreign .au wholesale registry supplier contractor Afilias?
    3. What communications has anyone from auDA or the Board had with Laurie Patton about his auDA related posting and releasing of auDA related press releases and his buying of the auDA membership database and send them all emails with auDA type PR spin?
    Internet Australia vice chair lashes Laurie patton over NBN 'rubbish'
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/...laurie-patton.../327c4b443fdd8b9ce63474898943a6...
    Aug 9, 2017 - Internet Australia vice chair lashes Laurie Patton over NBN 'rubbish' ... has accused its head Laurie Patton of spreading “rubbish”

    ALP expenses claim spurs NBN lobby director to quit - The Australian
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/.../alp.../8c3207443dc23c2277e2cc9bd47bd6e5


    "Mr Patton — called a troll...during senate ..." https://www.news.com.au/.../online/.../ab35dd2b8e30ef76f31549c56e229d6d

    https://www.internet.org.au/agm-2017
    The following Directors have either confirmed that they will not be standing for re-election, or have tendered their resignations to the Board effective from the date of the 2017 Annual General Meeting
    Chris Disspain (resigned, Director) ( ex auDA CEO)
    • George Fong (retiring, Honorary Secretary)
    • Anne Hurley (resigned, Chair)
    Laurie Patton (retiring, Executive Director)
    • Chris Winter (retiring, Director)

    CONNECT THE DOTS BETWEEN AUDA'S CURRENT MANAGEMENT AND LAURIE PATTON WHO IS PAID BY AFILIAS

    https://www.google.com/search?safe=...ab..9.9.2351...0j0i67k1j0i131k1.0.rLWV2QyQENI

    https://www.domainer.com.au/still-no-transparency-auda/
     
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    Work is underway.
     
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    They are all in cahoots. Afilias is trying to protect their contract worth tens of millions of dollars, I don't blame them but that is all it is about for them. Laurie Patton is simply a paid promoter.
     
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    When are the proxies being sent out for the SGM?

    I think Supply Registrars would have liked to see the 60% lower pricing passed onto them and not for auDA to keep it plus current auDA management & Board raising their own fees plus voting themselves massive pay rises and what is the CEO Performance bonuses!?

    www.Grumpier.com.au
     
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    to save auDA the organisation and meet the Government and stakeholders best interests all members must Vote YES
     
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    auDA Member:
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    Who is the Chair of Security and Risk Committee at auDA? Suzie Ewart
    Who is the Chair of the Governance Committee at auDA? Sandra Hook
    Who is the Chair that enabled this bastardization of auDA? Chris Leptos
    Who is at the center of this ridiculous charade? Cameron Boardman (CEO)

    One good reason to sack them –

    These three Independent Directors were responsible for the capture of auDA via an undisclosed member applicant process which saw a massive membership induction of offshore employees from supply side entities. They exploited a loophole in the constitution whilst it is under Review, they changed the nature of the membership model without regard to the impact upon the ‘Australian Internet Community’ based in Australia, handing over control to 4 registrars and 1 registry operator to decide reform outcomes via special resolutions.

    This is your last stand against tyranny, its your final time to make a change – afterward, You don’t have a say anymore, it will be up to the biggest proxy networks to decide.
     
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