Thursday, 06 September 2018 11:01

auDA to hold EGM on 27 Sept in bid to pass constitution

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auDA, the organisation that administers the Australian domain namespace, will hold an extraordinary general meeting on 27 September to vote on a new constitution.

The drafting of the constitution follows the release of a Federal Government review in April which found that the organisation's management framework was not fit for purpose.

From the time of the review, auDA has been given six months to fall in line with the government's wishes and implement 29 recommendations which were made in the review.

Accordingly, the EGM has been scheduled for this month, with the annual general meeting slated to be held in November under the new arrangements.

The notice for the EGM was issued on 4 September.

Asked whether a period of 23 days was sufficient for members to get their heads around a raft of documentation — the notice lists at least six documents none of which are light reading — an auDA spokesperson said merely that "there has been ample time for members to engage with the process".

But while the governance and working models were outlined on 24 August, six documents, including the proposed new constitution, and a host of others, all of which are to go up on the auDA website, were only made available from 4 September onwards.

Asked whether holding the EGM at 10am on a working day would not prevent members from attending, the spokesperson said holding the meeting at that time was "consistent with past practice".

The new constitution, which the spokesperson said included proposed changes to governance and membership, appears to be heavily skewed towards the management.

auDA has had a rocky year thus far, with a bid made by some members in July to unseat three directors – chair Chris Leptos and directors Suzanne Ewart and Sandra Hook. The bid was defeated.

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