NEWS Is auDA.org.au bullying Whistleblowers? AFR, DomainPulse & other media stories
- REAR WINDOW
- Aug 24 2018 at 12:15 AM
"by Myriam RobinSource: https://www.afr.com/brand/rear-wind...tinue-as-final-showdown-nears-20180823-h14dz5
A vicious battle for supremacy has waged for over a year at the Australian Domain Authority, which regulates and oversees the operation of the .au domain space. Last year, the chairman resigned on the eve of an EGM calling for his removal, followed by several of his board. In April, police were called and a PBB Advisory report was leaked showing lavish spending by some previous employees and directors. And last month, an EGM was held where a group of dissidents tried to oust the current board, headed by former KPMG senior partner (and Flagstaff Partners deputy chair) Chris Leptos, though Leptos and others managed to repel the push.
Now, Josh Rowe, a dissident former auDA director and entrepreneur who sold his business to ANZ last year, has been forced to apologise for claiming auDA and its offers "engaged in criminal cartel conduct", in an ad running on page 9 of Friday's Financial Review.
His dispute with auDA (well, the current one anyway) relates to the processing of 955 new member applications. AuDa's rebels argue the influx of new members, some of who appear to be based overseas, is highly suspicious, as they could be used to sway a key vote on a new constitution next month. It's speculated this new membership model could centralise power away from the rank-and-file. But auDA argues the new members meet all its constitutional requirements, and that it doesn't have the ability to decline them anyway. A board director, Timothy Connell, resigned this month over the highly charged issue. And another member has filed an FOI over the "membership irregularities".
In a review of the scandal-prone organisation released this year, the Communications Department found auDA's membership model was "no longer fit-for-purpose". AuDa's board will try to change that model in September. But we doubt they'll get anywhere without a fight. "
FOI Request 28-1617—.au Board Minutes 2000—2016
" Simon Johnson advised the Board that the Strategic Risk Committee
had not met .......... perception of a cartel..."
PDF]au Domain Administration Limited ABN 38 079 009 ... - Right To Know
https://www.righttoknow.org.au/.../.au Board Minutes 2000 2016.pdf
"Dec 12, 2016 - The CEO advised the Board that this will allow auDA to better ...... perception of a cartel, in relation to the AusRegistry Registrars Executive day."
" an unknown individual lodged a complaint about his website one week after he spoke out at a public forum discussing auDA’s possible implementation of direct “.au” domain addresses. "
"We have completed the review of the management of .au domain by the .au Domain Administration (auDA) and released a report on the findings.
The Government has agreed to all 29 recommendations made in the report.
The review’s key finding is that the current management framework is no longer fit-for-purpose. The report recommends reforming auDA’s management framework to support improved transparency, stakeholder engagement, consultation and accountability.
To implement the recommendations, the Minister for Communications has issued new Terms of Endorsement. We will work closely with auDA to develop a public implementation plan to outline how it will respond to the review’s recommendations.
The review also establishes a reporting framework which will require auDA to report transparently on its performance, including against the recommendations of the review."
Find out more:
- View the Minister’s media release
- View the report
- View the new Terms of Endorsement for auDA
- Minister's Letter to the Chair