This is a fol­low-on from my last post, where I announced my can­did­acy for Linux Aus­tralia Coun­cil. I’ve pos­ted this to the linux-aus mail­ing list, but thought it wouldn’t hurt going here as it raises issues that I feel are fun­da­ment­al to Linux Australia’s existence.

I’m a can­did­ate for Ordin­ary Com­mit­tee Mem­ber (shouldn’t that be Ordin­ary Coun­cil Mem­ber now?). Before I repeat the spiel I made on the Elec­tions page, I’d like to talk about what I feel LA rep­res­ents in out com­munity. There’s the obvi­ous linux​.conf​.au, which proves year-after-year to be a world-class con­fer­ence. Linux Aus­tralia rep­res­ents the FOSS com­munity through­out Aus­tralia (and going by LCA2006, per­haps also New Zea­l­and in a way). It brings togeth­er the dis­par­ate groups through­out the country/​region and gives them one voice. The com­munity is thus able to be more influ­en­tial as whole.

This leads into my ori­gin­al spiel, where I extoled the val­ues of scalab­il­ity in our com­munity. Through enhanced sup­port of grass-roots groups, Linux Aus­tralia will be able to grow the com­munity in a more sus­tain­able manner..

One pat­tern I dis­covered when examin­ing pre­vi­ous LA elec­tions is the low voter turnout. On most years the total num­ber (not per­cent­age) of votes was around 6570. Why is this the case? Do we need to be doing more to engage the com­munity? Are we not well-known enough? Are we not trans­par­ent enough? These are issues that we should be addressing.

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