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Data Glasses

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Can the nominees please state where they stand on the following in order of categories
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Implementation of .au ..Yes or No
Time frame ..... How long
Rights to .Au ......who should get first rights
Domain renewals .......length options, how many years
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Abn requirement ...... should Joe Blow be able to have a .com.au without needing an Abn
Obligation to monetise should Joe Blow have to monetise his blog
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.net.au pricing (if no rights to .au should this be cheaper) Seems .net.au owners pay the same for reg but may get less rights
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I am not asking for anyone elses opinions, just a response from the candidate, if a candidates wishes to add another category to their response I am cool with that, sorry but I am getting lost in all the posts and feel it may be a bit more straight forwards to simply list your intentions here, If I am contacted by candidates outside the forum I may send them here offering the option to also state their views for all to see. Regards
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I have already responded to one candidates email and stated we are all adults and all viewpoints are fully respected. I have given them to link this thread and stated I wish to see viewpoints on an open platform
 
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Shane

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Can the nominees please state where they stand on the following in order of categories
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Implementation of .au ..Yes or No

No.

I've had a consistent stance on this since the beginning. I like the idea of a shorter domain, however I don't believe they are necessary and I am against their introduction on the basis that they will burden SMEs with additional costs and unnecessary work for no real benefit.

Furthermore, I believe the addition of another option will simply cause confusion amongst business owners and the general public.

com.au is strong. The reasons given by the 'for' side do not justify weakening it.

Time frame ..... How long

If implementation goes ahead, I would like to see existing holders given up to 5 years without fearing that someone else will take their domain.

Rights to .Au ......who should get first rights

com.au holders first.

Domain renewals .......length options, how many years

Make it consistent with .com - 1 to 10 years. I'd like to be able to lock in my business domains for 10 years, whilst some of my 'project' domains may only be worth a 1 year registration. Give the people choice.

Abn requirement ...... should Joe Blow be able to have a .com.au without needing an Abn

Whilst I do believe the ABN requirement helped to make the .com.au space as strong and as trusted as it is today, I don't believe it is still required today.

As we have seen, plenty of scammers are getting around the requirement, so lets thank it for its efforts and move on.

Whilst on the subject, one of the arguments for introducing direct registrations is to help fuel growth in the AU space. Could removing the ABN requirement not provide a boost on its own without affecting existing holders?

Restricting the eligibility of people to register com.au domains is forcing many private website owners to use non-AU extensions.

Obligation to monetise should Joe Blow have to monetise his blog

Nope. Get rid of it.

.net.au pricing (if no rights to .au should this be cheaper) Seems .net.au owners pay the same for reg but may get less rights

Consistent pricing across the board.

I am not asking for anyone elses opinions, just a response from the candidate, if a candidates wishes to add another category to their response I am cool with that, sorry but I am getting lost in all the posts and feel it may be a bit more straight forwards to simply list your intentions here, If I am contacted by candidates outside the forum I may send them here offering the option to also state their views for all to see. Regards

Thanks Rod.
 

findtim

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Implementation of .au ..Yes or No
No, nobody has given me any good reason for its implementation other then "its shorter" ! hardly something to base such an australia wide expense on.
the real cost go much further then just registration, signage, rebranding, backlinks, consumer education.
the UK and NZ haven't done it successfully so why are we trying to use their models?
Time frame ..... How long
5-10yrs , i am still for we only need 1 and not 2, so if we "need" it then lets go all the way.
Rights to .Au ......who should get first rights
.com.au has all the rights, mosttttttttttt .net.au regos happen because the .com.au is taken so they should not be treated equal
Domain renewals .......length options, how many years
as proposed, 1-5/10 yrs, it makes sense first, if you don't like it you don't have to do it, 1 off events benefit, long term security benefits, win win win
Abn requirement ...... should Joe Blow be able to have a .com.au without needing an Abn
i am hesitant, that might produce a landrush of trouble making scammers that auda can't keep up with, misspells etc, whereas joe blow is currently having to use .com or other so it would be good for them.
so i lean on the side of no abn and hope it doesn't blow up in joe blows face.
Obligation to monetise should Joe Blow have to monetise his blog
this all round is a stupid rule imo, it served its purpose to easeeeeeee us into reality so lets drop it.
.net.au pricing
auda can set the wholesale but resellers set the retail, i think .net.au should cost less retail.

thanks rod, hopefully others will post
tim,
 

Jimboot

Top Contributor
I'm late to the fight as this was not on my radar at all.
Implementation of .au ..Yes or No
No. This it's a terrible idea. A useless cost to business and devaluation of existing assets.
Time frame ..... How long
Never.
Rights to .Au ......who should get first rights
Awesome question that highlights just one reason why this is a bad idea. Does a .org.au or .com.au have more rights?
Domain renewals .......length options, how many years
This is such a bad idea I find it difficult to answer some of these questions. Just don't do it.
Abn requirement ...... should Joe Blow be able to have a .com.au without needing an Abn
no. It's not broken. Let's not try to fix it.
Obligation to monetise should Joe Blow have to monetise his blog
no.
.net.au pricing (if no rights to .au should this be cheaper) Seems .net.au owners pay the same for reg but may get less rights
Cheaper as there is less demand.
I video blogged about this today. http://stewartmedia.com.au/direct-au-registrations-a-new-australian-internet-tax/
 

Nicole Murdoch

Regular Member
Can the nominees please state where they stand on the following in order of categories
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Implementation of .au ..Yes or No

NO


Time frame ..... How long

Do we have to at all? If it HAS to happen lets do 5 years.

Rights to .Au ......who should get first rights
I don't know if anyone should? How do you decide that? It is not a "most deserving" test.

Domain renewals .......length options, how many years

2yrs, 5yrs.
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Abn requirement ...... should Joe Blow be able to have a .com.au without needing an Abn
No. And I don't see the point in forcing people as it is easy to get around.

Obligation to monetise should Joe Blow have to monetise his blog
Okay. This one I have an issue with. If you reserve because you are going to monetise it... then you need to monetise it in some form. The issue is what is a suitable form of monetisation and what is the time frame on the monetisation? Would a parked page be monetisation?
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.net.au pricing (if no rights to .au should this be cheaper) Seems .net.au owners pay the same for reg but may get less rights

Agreed - but I think that is because it is seen as a brides maid not the bride.
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I am not asking for anyone elses opinions, just a response from the candidate, if a candidates wishes to add another category to their response I am cool with that, sorry but I am getting lost in all the posts and feel it may be a bit more straight forwards to simply list your intentions here, If I am contacted by candidates outside the forum I may send them here offering the option to also state their views for all to see. Regards
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I have already responded to one candidates email and stated we are all adults and all viewpoints are fully respected. I have given them to link this thread and stated I wish to see viewpoints on an open platform
 

Nicole Murdoch

Regular Member
My statement:

I am Nicole Murdoch, and I’m running for election as a Director (Demand Class) of the auDA.

My reasons for running for election as Director of auDA are very simple. I was part of the 2015 auDA names policy panel, as part of that process I became interested in the decision making process of auDA and wanted to take part in that process and in auDA.

As most of you would know, the 2015 names policy panel members were appointed to discuss and comment on certain topics and one of those topics was whether domains at the .au should be open to registration. As the year progressed I became interested in why the questions posed to the panel were posed in the manner that they were (ie: in isolation) and I wanted to know why.

I was also interested in how auDA sought feedback from the Australian community at large regarding opening .au for registration.

My personal feelings on the topic is that we cannot answer the question of whether .au should be opened up without considering how it should be opened up and what the “rules of play” would be. To consider the question properly we needed to be able to consider the advantages and disadvantages of opening up .au for registration, and to consider those we needed to know the “rules of play”. I would have also preferred to see a more comprehensive community consultation than what was conducted.

From that process and considering what I observed from that process I made a conscious decision that I wanted to be part of the decision making processes at auDA rather than be an outsider questioning why certain decisions are made. I want to be part of the process of deciding how the .au release is implemented.

I am keen to increase the membership of auDA and the involvement of the community. Even if people are not members of auDA the community as a whole should have a say in how the domain space is administered. Ultimately it is a public good and is a critical infrastructure. As such it needs to properly serve the people.

My background is varied but I am qualified for the task. I have a technical background and learnt to program 31 years ago (don’t do the maths) when my father brought home an Apple IIE. I eventually became a programmer and the first website I built was built in 1998 for my mother’s business. From there I moved onto larger projects coding in PHP, HTML, C/C++, JAVA and SQL (Oracle and MYSQL) including working on the E*Trade (German) website and other e-commerce sites. I have worked as a website developer and worked in SEO.

I am now working as an Intellectual Property lawyer. I have served as a director in other companies and that background (and legal training) gives me some advantage in terms of corporate governance.

Because I am a lawyer and work in trade mark dispute matters, I am often accused of being anti-monetisation. That is simply not correct. I represent clients who are rights holders as well as clients who simply want to openly trade without intimidation from trade mark holders. I am keen to have the .au domain space used by the community and believe in monetisation of domains. But, yes, I say that there does need to be some fair “rules of play” involved.

My job gives me an interesting perspective on how day to day traders see the internet and the domain space. I see both sides of the debate on a daily basis. I am often told that it is “not fair” that other traders have a domain name my client wants. Then I see traders make massive investments in their domain holdings, not only to develop their websites but also to drive traffic to the domain. That investment should be protected but the rights of traders to trade freely should also be protected. There is a delicate balance involved and I want to ensure that everyone affected by potential changes to the current balance are properly consulted and the true ramifications of changes are understood. It should not just be domain holders that are consulted but anyone who would consider a .au domain needs to play a part. If traders are not entering the space then we need to look at why these traders are not entering the space so that we can address the issue.

Please vote for me as Demand class Director. I promise you that I will listen to you, especially when we disagree, I will ask you your views even when you are quiet and I will represent your views honestly to the Board.

You can read more about my background here.

If you have any questions on my where I stand, and what I want to achieve, then feel free to contact me.
 

DomainNames

Top Contributor
Are any "supply" candidates posting statements? Their justifications, if they claim any, for another .au extension will be increasing to discuss now the official UK and NZ annual reports have been released showing true uptake and results.
 

Bacon Farmer

Top Contributor
This > "Ultimately it is a public good and is a critical infrastructure. As such it needs to properly serve the people."

And the next 3 million registrations (ie foreign owned Ausregistry's profit growth), should not be a factor or influence in any decision regarding direct registrations.
 

DomainNames

Top Contributor
This > "Ultimately it is a public good and is a critical infrastructure. As such it needs to properly serve the people."

And the next 3 million registrations (ie foreign owned Ausregistry's profit growth), should not be a factor or influence in any decision regarding direct registrations.

100% correct! What a scam! Amazing... I wonder if anyone received any bonuses or incentives for getting it passed?. They probably should not have "apparently" told people they would or did! Word travels fast.

Yes Vote rigging and "conflicts of interest" must be stopped for the ...."public good ..,, critical infrastructure. As such it needs to properly serve the people"
 

snoopy

Top Contributor
This > "Ultimately it is a public good and is a critical infrastructure. As such it needs to properly serve the people."

And the next 3 million registrations (ie foreign owned Ausregistry's profit growth), should not be a factor or influence in any decision regarding direct registrations.

Agree, it is not about increasing the number of "creates" (to use Ausregistry's terminology). Ausregistry is concerned with registration volumes and nothing more.
 

neddy

Top Contributor
Just to document actual votes in Demand Class:

John Nugent - 0
Peter Tonoli - 5
Chris Burgess - 8
Teresa Mitchell - 10
Jim Stewart - 12
Nicole Murdoch - 16
Shane Moore - 48
Tim Connell - 52
Simon Johnson - 66

And in Supply Class:

Angelo Giuffrida - 3
Joe Manariti - 32
Erhan Karabardak - 34

Full article about AGM on Domainer tomorrow.

Cheers, Ned
 

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