Australian Public Access Network Association
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting for 1993 was held at 2:30pm on
Saturday, 10 July 1993 in Keilor, Victoria.
Mike Bruins (bruins@hal9000)
Jamie Lovick (jalovick@bkroom)
James Pickering (james@asarte)
Greg Robinson (greg@arrakis)
Adonis Arletos (aaa@dias)
Kevin Burfitt (zaph@torps)
Andrew Cosgriff (andrew@bing)
Mark Delany (markd@bushwire)
Paul Fyfe (pfyfe@eurekast)
James Gardiner (hunter@phoenix)
Daniel Harris (daniel@reubio)
Andrew Herbert (andrew@werple)
Felicity Jones (sysop@guru)
David Keegel (djk@boombox)
Nick Langmaid (nick@brimbank)
Gavan McCormack (tetragon@werple)
Hamish Moffat (hamish@cloud)
Ian Rowlands (ianr@gpark)
Matthew Geier (matthew@sleeper)
Mark Purcell (msp@pos)
Anthony Rumble (root@lsupoz)
Apologies were received from:
The meeting was chaired by the outgoing President,
Andrew Herbert, and these minutes were taken by
1. The minutes of the last AGM were confirmed.
2. The Secretary's Report and the Treasurer's Report
were accepted in the form of a combined Annual
Report. (These have also been distributed
electronically on apana.announce for people who
were unable to attend the meeting.)
3. The Management Committee was elected.
The following positions had only one candidate,
so that no vote was required:
President Andrew Herbert (andrew@werple)
Vice-President David Keegel (djk@boombox)
Treasurer Felicity Jones (sysop@guru)
Secretary Nick Langmaid (nick@brimbank)
There were three candidates for the two ordinary
positions on the committee, and the following
candidates were elected on a show of hands:
James Gardiner (hunter@phoenix)
Warwick Hockley (hock@adhoc)
(A brief commercial: all members are welcome to
attend committee meetings, which are announced in
4. The Treasurer's Report was accepted as the statement
submitted by APANA in accordance with section 30(3)
of the Act.
5. Mark Purcell gave an impromptu presentation on the
latest changes in the Sydney network.
Sydney and Canberra have just introduced a local
connection to AARNet, via the Australian Defence
Forces Academy and the Department of the Navy. The
arrangement is that APANA provides a newsfeed to the
Navy, and in return the Navy transfer email between
an APANA hub in Sydney and ADFA's system in Canberra.
Physically, pmss.navy.gov.au in Sydney calls ADFA
over an internal network and also makes outgoing-only
local phone calls to lsupoz in Sydney. Mail flows
over these links by uucp sessions. News continues to
be picked up by lsupoz from other sources in Sydney,
and is fed to the Navy whenever they call.
Each Sydney APANA member has an individual MX record
pointing to sserve, which then directs traffic
through pmss and lsupoz. The MX records are
maintained for APANA by Melbourne University. New
sites will (briefly) lack an MX record, and their
mail will pass to werple, which will rewrite the
addresses to force them through sserve, pmss, and
6. Andrew Herbert gave a short explanation of the
IP links which form the backbone of the Melbourne
Physically, werple is "permanently" connected at
19.2 kbps via a telephone service to a NetBlazer at
Melbourne University, which allows it to talk SLIP
and communicate with two MU systems - muwayb for mail
and ariel for news.
Three other Melbourne sites (zikzak, bushwire, and
silver) are "permanently" connected via telephone
service and SLIP link to werple. Of these, silver
has another system (plasma) connected to it in turn.
Actually the hub is not werple itself, but a separate
PC acting as a router. Werple is connected to this
router via Ethernet.
Most of these IP-connected systems provide uucp feeds
to other Melbourne members.
7. James Pickering, Mike Bruins, Jamie Lovick and
Greg Robinson gave a group presentation on the
forthcoming changes in the Adelaide network.
Adelaide are about to introduce a local connection to
AARNet, via the Disability Information Resource
Centre. The arrangement is that DIRC will purchase
the equipment, and APANA members will provide system
administration services and pay some running costs.
Physically, there will be a 38.4 kbps leased line
from Adelaide University to a Unix box at DIRC.
Members (initially cleese, hal9000, and bkroom) will
"rent" a serial port on DIRC's system and provide
their own modem and telephone service so that they
can connect via SLIP. These members will then feed
other members, as at present.
Arthur Marsh sent word that the NTU's for the line
from DIRC to Adelaide University have been
installed, and that the hardware and software should
be delivered during the week. He predicts a working
bee at DIRC next weekend.
8. It was determined that a new class of membership
should be introduced to allow any general meeting of
APANA (rather than the Management Committee) to grant
honorary membership to individuals in recognition of
exceptional contributions to APANA. (16 votes in
favour, or 76%.)
It was further determined that Mark Gregson's
exceptional role in the establishment of Pubnet,
which became APANA, should be recognized by making
him the first Honorary member of APANA. (Again,
16 votes in favour, or 76%.)
There was general agreement that an official history
should be developed to recognize other contributors.
9. The proposal to create a formal regional
administrative structure within APANA was unanimously
rejected. The AGM wishes to continue the current
arrangements with centralized administration
performed by the management committee and wide
representation provided by the national committee.
A number of areas were identified in which the
administration of APANA should be improved:
o Make the channels for communication with the
management committee and the national committee
- Improve the visibility and the decisiveness of
the national committee, or
- Define the national committee's role as
identifying and researching issues, and
presenting options to the management committee
o Allow "electronic meetings" and e-mailed proxies.
o Make the accounting procedures explicitly show
the financial status of each region.
o Allow for regional variations in membership fee
(the immediate need being a small increase in Adelaide.)
The meeting ended at approximately 6pm.
Please address any questions or corrections of these
minutes to the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nick Langmaid email@example.com Melbourne, Australia +61(3)336-3228
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