Grumpy – The questions auDA dissidents won’t answer

By LAURIE PATTON | 6 June 2018

As I’ve previously written, auDA – the company managing Australia’s Internet domain names – is under attack from a group of dissident members known as the Grumpies.

Meanwhile auDA is undertaking a review process in order to meet a demand for reform after a report by the Department of Communications and the Arts found the organisation no longer fit-for-purpose.

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Community TV – needed now more than ever

By LAURIE PATTON | 3 June 2018

Right now we are seeing less and less Australian content on our television screens. The commercial networks are increasingly airing local sport rather than local drama to secure big audiences. Under a bizarre international trade ruling programs from New Zealand count as local content here. Netflix is under pressure in some jurisdictions to provide local content. But the reality is this will only ever be a small percentage of its overall offering.

Until it was killed-off by the communications department taking back its broadcast spectrum community television provided a wealth of diverse locally made content.

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Facts and fiction: More on the auDA situation

By LAURIE PATTON | 1 June 2018

As we approach the auDA Special General Meeting to be held on 27 July 2018 I decided to throw a few pertinent questions at CEO Cameron Boardman. As I’ve previously written, I simply can’t see how any further public displays of disunity are helping the situation, but it is also important that we decide the future of the organisation based on facts. Continue reading “Facts and fiction: More on the auDA situation”

Consultation group to help reshape Internet domain names management

By LAURIE PATTON | 17 May 2018

With three months to develop new processes to redress historical weaknesses the company managing Australia’s Internet domain names has created a broad-based consultative group to guide the process.

This week saw the first meeting of what .au Domain Administration Limited, commonly known as auDA, calls its Consultation Model Working Group. auDA is the organisation charged with overseeing the Internet domain name space in Australia. If you have a website you’ll have dealt with one of the numerous companies that sell domain names to the public. They all operate under the authority and supervision of auDA.

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Populists, demagogues and celebrities. Challenges for progressive campaigning in the age of Trump – 2018 Frank Walker memorial lecture

By BRUCE HAWKER | 15 May 2018

If there is a common denominator to the reforms Frank Walker introduced it is that they were aimed at improving the lot of the men, women and children in our society who are least able to defend themselves – the dispossessed and marginalised minorities. The very people who Donald Trump targets, defames and demonises. In all my years in politics, I cannot recall another state politician with such a consistently strong record of empowering the powerless. And this conviction made Frank a difficult person for his own cabinet colleagues to handle. Continue reading “Populists, demagogues and celebrities. Challenges for progressive campaigning in the age of Trump – 2018 Frank Walker memorial lecture”

Bill Morrow slams the door and kicks the dog as he prepares to log off from his dud NBN

By LAURIE PATTON | 29 April 2018

The head of the trouble-plagued NBN, Bill Morrow, is departing. And he’s finally come clean conceding that reusing Telstra’s ageing copper wires is creating major problems.

In a paper published by NBN Co last week, Morrow admits that fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) is causing lower speeds and more dropouts than the fibre that was originally being rolled out. He also acknowledges that there are too many dissatisfied NBN customers. Continue reading “Bill Morrow slams the door and kicks the dog as he prepares to log off from his dud NBN”

Goodbye Bill Morrow, the NBN Nero, who fiddled and raged as it buffered

By LAURIE PATTON | 6 April 2018

With complaints about the NBN’s shonky and inadequate service at an all-time high, and after having made compromises that have “rolled his stomach”, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has decided to jump this sinking ship two years before the project’s completion.

Morrow’s tenure in charge of the operation has – to say the least – been turbulent, with the belligerent American being happy to defame and disparage his critics. So long as it’s under the cloak of Parliamentary Privilege. Continue reading “Goodbye Bill Morrow, the NBN Nero, who fiddled and raged as it buffered”

No balls. How Cricket Australia lost the media game

By LAURIE PATTON | 4 April 2018

The thing about cricket is one minute you’re the attack team, the next you’re in defence. Each stage of the game requires appropriate tactics. It’s pretty much the same when it comes to media management. You need to know the rules and you need a game plan.

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