2015 Annual General Meeting

EFA's 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, 8th November, at:

  • 15:00 AEDT (NSW, VIC, TAS)
  • 14:30 ACDT (SA)
  • 14:00 AEST (QLD)
  • 13:30 ACST (NT)
  • 12:00 WST (WA)

Access details

The meeting will be held on Internet Relay Chat (IRC).

To access the AGM IRC channel, please go to the following URL: http://client01.chat.mibbit.com/
1. Leave the 'Connect' selection as 'Mibbit' [webirc]
2. Enter a 'nick' (username). Please use your full name.
3. Enter #EFAAGM in the 'Channel' field and click 'Connect'. You should then be taken into the AGM Channel. If you are unable to connect, please email memberadmin[AT]efa.org.au.

Proxy Form

If you are unable to attend, but wish to appoint a proxy, please do so prior to the start of the meeting using the form below.

Voting at the AGM is open to all EFA members, regardless of their membership type, who joined prior to the close of nominations (15:00 AEDT on Sunday 11th October 2015), and who are financial at the commencement of AGM. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email memberadmin[AT]efa.org.au.

Proxy forms must be received (by email to memberadmin[AT]efa.org.au) no later than 12:00 AEDT on the day of the AGM (Sunday 8th November 2015).

Meeting Agenda

1. Minutes of 2014 AGM

Motion to be moved: That the meeting accept the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 23rd November 2014 as a true and correct record.

2. Annual Accounts

Motion to be moved: That the meeting accept the financial report for the 2014-2015 financial year.

3. Annual Report

Motion to be moved: That the meeting accept the 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Board of Management.

4. Auditor

Motion to be moved: That the meeting authorise the board to appoint an auditor for the EFA accounts for the 2015-2016 financial year if the board considers it appropriate.

5. Election of the 2015-2016 Board Members

The following Board Members are continuing and are not required to stand for re-election at this point:

  • Fletcher Boyd
  • David Cake
  • Nick Kavadias
  • Mike Kent
  • Jenny Ng

In accordance with Rule 10, there are five Board Member positions vacant. Five nominations have been received and no election is therefore required. The nominees are:

  • Stuart Greig
  • Angus Murray
  • Andrew Pam (continuing Board member)
  • Alex Schlotzer (continuing Board member)
  • Daemon Singer (continuing Board member)

Candidate statements from these nominees are available below.

6. Other Business
The Board will present the 2016 Strategic Plan to the membership and will invite feedback.

The Board will also present a plan for the restructuring of the organisation that is designed to enhance our fundraising capabilities and will invite discussion on this plan.

Documents

The following links are all PDF files.

Candidate Statements

Stuart Greig

I work as an IT professional and have over 25 years experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sector both here and in the UK.

My skillset lies in programming, database design and data analysis of very large databases.

Having worked in the health, census, tax and defence sectors I have a keen awareness of the need for confidentiality. The risks to confidentiality are ever increasing with the use of data mining, data matching and mass surveillance.

I have been a member of the Free Software Foundation (USA), and Electronic Frontiers Foundation (USA) for several years. I actively encourage people to adopt open-source and free software. I also try to raise user awareness of online security and identity risks.

My belief is that:
- access to the internet is the right of any person;
- people have the right to communicate without interception; and
- the laws and activities of one country should not undermine or devalue the internet experience for others.
My concerns centre around the implementation of laws and surveillance that deny or erode the freedoms and privacy we are each entitled and deserve.

Angus Murray

Angus Murray is a copyright enthusiast with a focus on digital rights and consumer protection.

Angus was admitted to the legal profession in the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia after completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Laws at Stockholm University. He is published in the Nordic Intellectual Property Law Review and is currently completing a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne.

Angus is also a member of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties and an executive member of The Legal Forecast, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide a forum for law students and professionals to safeguard the holistic and balanced progression of the legal profession.

Angus’ other interests include chess and fishing.

Andrew Pam

Andrew Pam has decades of experience in the computer industry. He has been involved with computer communications technology since the early 1980s and the Internet since the early 1990s developing and debugging software, designing and deploying networks and actively participating in a variety of working groups and international research organisations, including a series of presentations at international conferences since 1996.

He has been following developments in hypermedia and hypertext, content management and online publishing, file systems, distributed systems, peer-to-peer networking and global intellectual property law for many years. He is an active advocate of Free and Open Source software and free speech rights, including marching in the "Free Dmitry" protest in San Francisco in August 2001, and is the current President of Linux Users of Victoria.

His full resume and other online publications are available at: www.sericyb.com.au

Andrew joined the EFA Board in 2002 and would like to continue assisting the organisation in addressing the ongoing online rights issues we all face in the coming year.

Alex Schlotzer

My name is Alex Schlotzer. I’ve been active in working on digital rights for 20 years. I am an experienced digital political and advocacy campaign strategist.

As an online activist for over 15 years, I have worked on a range of online campaigns and actions. I’m very passionate about protecting our digital rights and ensuring that Australians enjoy free access to the Internet without the threat of unwarranted surveillance. Indeed access to the Internet is a human right and one that’s worth fighting for.

I have been a Board Member of EFA for the past two years and have worked hard to improve our campaigns and campaign capacity and I’d like to be given the opportunity to continue that work.

Daemon Singer

I have now been with EFA for four years, and this is the end of my second year as a board member.

My background is in IT with a major lean towards civil liberties and human rights and the welfare of members of a threatened society which takes little interest in what is done to it, or in its name.

I have served as Treasurer for the last two years, overseeing the successful transition to a double-entry accounting system using Xero.

Outside of EFA I own a small business, I am Secretary of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties and I also run a men's social group in Brisbane with 450 members.

I look forward to continuing to serve the organisation in my current role, if re-elected, though I am more than happy to take on other responsibilities if someone with more skills in bookkeeping than I were to put their hand up.