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The au Domain Administration, the organisation that administers the Australian domain namespace, has lost a number of members from its policy review panel, according to an announcement from John Swinson, chairman of the panel.

Swinson said in a statement that academic representative Professor Andrew Christie would be leaving and would be replaced by Professor Dan Hunter, the founding Dean of Swinburne Law School and a former panellist for the resolution of domain name disputes for the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Demand class member Luke Summers has also left, and has been replaced by Ian Halson, a director of Lemonstone group.

Swinson also said that Nicola Seaton had been appointed as a business representative to the panel.

He said that there had been "conjecture around the development of a business case around the proposed introduction of direct registration", adding that this would definitely happen.

"auDA is currently considering an appropriate organisation to conduct this research and at this stage I am advised that a university economic faculty appears the most appropriate entity to do so," Swinson said.

"However I have to reiterate that it is impractical for auDA to commission a business case analysis until the Panel has landed on a proposed implementation model."

In recent weeks, auDA has been rocked by a call from its members for a Special General Meeting to push for the resignation of chief executive Cameron Boardman and three directors - chair Chris Leptos, Sandra Hook and Suzanne Ewart. The disquiet has been over the decision to change the domain name structure to .au from .com.au and other extensions.

Last week, Leptos said that the practices of several former auDA directors have been referred to the police in Victoria.

Swinson added: "Whilst the most recent public forums and consultation process considered a number of models, the Panel is yet to finalise an implementation model which will form the basis of this specific business case assessment. It is therefore imperative that the panel’s activities continue before auDA can commence this important, independent analysis."


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