2016 Annual General Meeting

EFA's 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, 27th November, at:

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


Meeting Agenda

1. Minutes of 2015 AGM

Motion to be moved: That the meeting accept the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 8th November 2015 as a true and correct record.

2. Annual Accounts

Motion to be moved: That the meeting accept the financial report for the 2015-2016 financial year.

3. Annual Report

Motion to be moved: That the meeting accept the 2015-2016 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 2016-2017 financial year if the board considers it appropriate.

5. Election of the 2016-2017 Board Members

In accordance with Rule 10, there are five Board Member positions vacant.
Nominations have been received from the following:
- David Cake (continuing)
- Katherine Phelps (co-opted to the Board during the year)
- Richard Burleigh

As the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, no election is required.


Candidate Statements

The following statements have been received from candidates for election to the Board.

Katherine Phelps

Katherine Phelps has worked with computing as part of media production since the 1980s when she trained a team of people in how to program in order to produce an academic literary magazine. In the 1990s she organised a lecture tour by Ted Nelson, the father of hypermedia, on the emergence of electronic publishing. She wrote the book Surf's Up: Internet Australian Style which was a nonfiction bestseller. Her website Glass Wings is one of the oldest online literary magazines in Australia.

In 2000 Phelps was awarded a PhD in storytelling for digital media with applications in journalism, literature, and computer game design. She went on to lecture at RMIT and Victoria University in this field for seven years.

Major media has been concentrated into a few hands severely distorting people's understanding of their world. In this manner democratic debate has been stifled, thereby disempowering our public. The internet and our ability to freely discuss world and community issues in that space is critical to our collective well-being and the well-being of this planet.

Katherine Phelps is a skilled communicator and lifetime member of EFA. She will work toward ensuring our online rights are secure.

Richard Burleigh

I have spent the past 5 years working with various NGOs in senior management and data specialist roles. I am a passionate supporter of civil liberties and believe strongly in the freedom of individuals and organisations alike to communicate freely without the fear of surveillance - a belief that lead me to represent Pirate Party Australia as a senate candidate in the 2016 federal election.

Electronic Frontiers Australia play an important role in representing our rights through this pivotal moment in digital expansion, where the past victories for civil liberties are being undone at a disturbing rate and the protection of this powerful medium is essential.

If given the opportunity, I will use my place on the Electronic Frontiers Australia board to prioritise building our supporter base, holding policy makers accountable, and making our voice heard.