Scott Long said in his application that the purpose of his request was "to ascertain whether the approval of 955 Supply Related applicants for Demand Class membership were conducted in accordance with the Company Constitution, and the Corporations Act 2001; and auDA’s established Membership Policy (vetting of members)".
As per auDA's definitions, Demand class membership is meant "for domain name holders (registrants), internet users and the general public".
Supply class membership is for "domain name industry participants (registry operators, registrars and resellers)".
Citing past minutes, he said that the board practice "of publishing the names of each member approved by the Board ceased at the announcement of 955 new members. The practice of publishing the names of each new member in the minutes permitted the public to see that the new members were indeed, approved by the Directors of the Board".
He asked the DoCA to "please provide me with the transaction and interaction record involving the approval of membership applications by the Directors of auDA referred to in the Minutes dated June 18th 2018".
Asked for the organisation's response, an auDA spokesperson said the FoI request was "a sideshow to reform of the auDA".
The spokesperson said that after the special general meeting held on 27 July, Long had been sent a letter from auDA's lawyers, Ashurst, explaining his concerns over membership.
"As the letter points out, all of the eligibility requirements for the new members were met according to auDA’s constitutional responsibilities," the spokesperson said.
Long’s concerns had already been answered in detail by Ashurst, the spokesperson said, adding, "This request has no validity or purpose other than to derail the reform process."
auDA has just gone through a bruising process over the past few months, with some members seeking to throw out three directors. Their bid failed at the SGM held on 27 July.
In June, one member, Jim Stewart, the chief executive of StewArt Media, called for a motion of no-confidence in chief executive Cameron Boardman and the sacking of directors Chris Leptos (the chair), Suzanne Ewart and Sandra Hook.
The board is in the process of attempting to meet the demands of a Federal Government review issued in April that found its management framework was no longer fit for purpose. A new framework has been proposed and has to be put in place by April 2020, as per the government's demands.