Following the Special Members Meeting that auDA was required to hold on 31st July, it’s obvious to many that auDA needs real change to bring it back to being a truly representative membership organisation.
Change starts at the top, and members have achieved that by sending a resounding message to the current Board and CEO.
The Deputy Chair and CEO (and by association the rest of the Board) have said that “they are now listening” to members. Let’s see if that becomes reality rather than a sound bite.
Demand Class Members Need Representation
auDA Board elections are only 3 months away, and two positions are up for grabs. The two Directors below must “retire”, but they are able to offer themselves for re-election.
Grant Wiltshire was elected in 2015, and I have no idea whether he intends to stand again. I have no personal animosity towards Grant – in fact, he seems a nice guy. But the fact is, he was brought into the organisation by Stuart Benjamin (ex-Chair). They both live in Ballarat, and have at various times been on the same Boards or committees in other organisations.
Dr Michaella Richards was brought in to replace Miguel Wood. The way she was appointed is subject to ongoing conjecture (which simply won’t go away). However, what far more concerns me (and many others) is that she has absolutely no “demand class” experience. She is obviously extremely talented in her own field, but “horses for courses” should always apply.
I would respectfully ask both Grant and Michaella not to seek re-election. We need a “clean slate”.
After a lot of discussion amongst demand class members, it was considered important that two good candidates put up their hands now. That way they can engage with fellow members, and build on the momentum we have created via the recent Special Members Meeting. When election time comes around in the next few months, they will be well and truly ready.
The great news is that Shane Moore has decided to run again – he just missed out at last year’s election. I reckon he has got a fantastic chance this year – he is your quintessential Demand Class candidate. He understands small businesses (SME’s), and how important domain names are to them. Shane’s candidate statement can be read here.
I have also decided to stand for election. I’ve always resisted in the past for personal and business reasons. However, after the recent shenanigans with auDA and the Grumpy campaign, I feel I have no option but to run – and run hard. I want all domain registrants and other stakeholders to have a strong voice to truly represent them.
Before I made this decision, I first checked with a number of other people who I thought would be equally good candidates. If any of them had wanted to stand this year, I would have gladly stood aside for them. Without exception, they all encouraged me to run. So given that my health is good, I’m raring to go!
I haven’t done a candidate statement as yet, but will do one soon. Most members already know me, and what I stand for, via my history with Domainer.com.au and Grumpy.com.au. 🙂
Why Vote For Us?
♦ Shane and I will make a great team (Young Bull / Old Bull), and you can be absolutely guaranteed that we will represent Demand Class interests.
♦ We both believe in transparency, communication, accountability, and proper procedures being followed.
♦ We love .au!
♦ Neither of us are in favour of direct registrations, and we will do everything possible to argue the futility of proceeding with them. There is simply no demand for them (other than creating artificial growth). Growth in the market should be created by liberalising some existing policy restrictions.
♦ But equally, should they eventually come to pass because the majority of the Board dictate this (after proper procedures and consultation have taken place), we will do everything to ensure that existing com.au registrants have first rights to the .au. More on this in a later article.
♦ Now there may be some people that don’t like me and don’t want to vote for me – and if that’s the case, then no problems. But I reckon you all know one thing – regardless of how you may feel, you know that I will stand up and be counted at auDA. My actions have always spoken louder than my words. I will shake the tree if and when necessary; and I won’t be cowed into silence.
Should you still decide not to vote for me, I do hope you vote for Shane when the time comes. 🙂
Any Questions / Comments?
Ned O’Meara – 8th August 2017