Longstanding ACS Fellow and former director, Roger Clarke, said in a statement that the organisation was not just any not-for-profit, but rather Australia's main IT professional society.
He claimed that the ACS would aim to pass a new constitution at a general body meeting on 25 October in Sydney which, if adopted, would:
- centralise all power in the board;
- extinguish all meaningful member involvement;
- replace member-driven branches with subservient divisions; and
- enable continuity of power by a clique.
Clarke said he was attempting to garner support from senior ACS members to defeat the resolution.
"This is intended by the ACS executive as the coup de grace. It would complete the conversion of an association whose focus was on professional quality and ethical behaviour, into a combination of industry association and marketing corporation."
He claimed the ACS executive had abused its power and railroaded existing Branch Committees into "supporting the unsupportable".
"It then brazenly argued in favour of its own motion, failed to provide appropriate information on the arguments against the motion and prevented arguments against the motion from being communicated to members."
"We're accordingly encouraging members to use email and social media to communicate the message and the above URLs to their colleagues, and thereby stimulate the submission of proxy-votes against the motion," he added.