[Linux-aus] Linux Australia has voted in favour of removing Mr Stuart Benjamin as the Chair of auDA

Linux Australia President president at linux.org.au
Thu Jul 27 14:49:25 AEST 2017

Hi everyone,

In line with our organisational values of openness, respect and
transparency, I'd like to communicate to you a decision that Council has
today taken regarding the Special General Meeting (SGM) of auDA - the
Australian Domain name regulator. Linux Australia is a member of auDA in
the Demand Class (ie we consume domain name services, we do not provide

There has been recent controversy over how auDA, which underwent a
leadership change in 2016, is currently operating with regard to
transparency of decisions, and availability of previously-available
decision making instruments such as minutes. A group of members of auDA
(of which Linux Australia was not a part) has requested an SGM, and one
of the motions at that SGM is to remove the current Chair, Mr Stuart
Benjamin, effecting change in leadership in the organisation.

After consultation with other Council members, this afternoon I signed a
proxy vote form, requesting that Mr Ned O'Meara act as our proxy at this
meeting, and vote to remove Mr Benjamin.

The specific text of the instruction is below, and I am happy to make
the proxy vote form available on request.

As always, your feedback, comments, and concerns - are always welcomed
to this list, or privately to any of Council.

With kind regards,


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	[LACTTE] Proxy Form for auDA SGM 31 July - Katherine Reid per
Linux Australia Inc.
Date: 	Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:33:40 +1000
From: 	Linux Australia President <president at linux.org.au>
Reply-To: 	president at linux.org.au
Organization: 	Linux Australia
To: 	ned at domainer.com.au, di.parker at auda.org.au
CC: 	council <council at linux.org.au>

Dear Ned and Di,

(CC: Linux Australia Council)

Please find attached a Proxy Form for Linux Australia, signed by myself
as the current President of the organisation, which instructs Ned to
vote in favour of the resolution at SGM 31 July 2017 to remove the
current Chair, Mr Stuart Benjamin. We underscore that this action is not
aimed personally at Mr Benjamin in any way, and note the regard with
which he is held in the Australian domain name community. However we
feel that the current behaviour of auDA is not in line with our own
organisational values of openness and transparency [1].

We encourage auDA to reflect on current governance practices, and to
identify and implement additional mechanisms to make the internal
machinations of the organisation more transparent to its members.

With kind regards,

Katherine (Kathy) Reid


President, Linux Australia Inc.

[1] https://linux.org.au/values

Kathy Reid
Linux Australia

0418 130 636

president at linux.org.au

Linux Australia Inc
GPO Box 4788
Sydney NSW 2001

ABN 56 987 117 479 

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