EFA's 2016 Annual General Meeting will be 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)
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.
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 30th October 2016), 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 27th November 2016).
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.
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.
- Draft minutes for the 2015 AGM
- 2016 Annual Report
- Profit & Loss statement
- Balance sheet
- Cash Summary
The following statements have been received from candidates for election to the Board.
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.
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.