[Imc-uk-process] [Fwd: [Imc-communication] A summary of the Darwin dispute]
gdm at fifthhorseman.net
Sat Aug 26 07:35:14 PDT 2006
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fyi, an explanation of the background to the darwin dispute.
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Subject: [Imc-communication] A summary of the Darwin dispute
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 22:53:24 +1000
A summary of the Darwin dispute
I am a features editor with Melbourne Indymedia, and with global
features (www-features) I have been active as a features editor for
about 3 years, and have been a journalist contributor since 2000.
I have not made any pronouncements on any email lists besides
Melbourne previously on the Darwin dispute, but I have contributed to
the collective decision of Melbourne Indymedia Collective to
disaffiliate Darwin with a deadline of 4 September.
I am writing this as a response to Pina to give some background
A falling out between individuals in the Darwin Collective in February
2005 has resulted in the collective being dysfunctional and delisted
from Indymedia. Two factions predominate. One faction has applied
(February 2006) to NEW-IMC to register Arafura IMC. The faction whose
primary member is Mick Lambe continues to demand use of
darwin.indymedia.org, and has conducted an 18 month campaign of
personal attack and abuse against other Darwin activists, Indymedia
activists around Australia, Indymedia Collectives via Indymedia email
lists and Indymedia newswires to achieve that end. The Melbourne
Indymedia Collective believes "as Mick Lambe is unable to work with
so many Indymedia collectives, has been banned from several lists and
whose behaviour has resulted in two hosting collectives refusing to
continue work with him, that the time has long past to part company
and work separately."
For the genesis of the dispute in March 2005 also refer to
An attempt was made to resolve the Darwin issues on the Resolve Email
List (February 2006 - present)
The essential element in this dispute surrounds the events at a Darwin
Indymedia Collective Meeting on February 6 2005, held at One Mile Dam
Community. Prior to this meeting the collective consisted of Mick
Lambe, Fiona Clarke, Viki Zangari, Gary Meyerhoff and Rob Inder-Smith.
At One Mile Dam, Mick ropes in David Timber, Mindy and Freddy (who is
sleeping in a corner) as new members. When Gary turns up, Mick tells
him to "fuck off" as it is his home, and Mick later claims that
Meyeroff and Inder-Smith were expelled at this meeting.
On 12th March Mick announces expulsion of Gary and Robert on the Oceania list
It takes another 7 days before Mick announces the expulsions on the Darwin List
Although it is claimed that Meyeroff and Indersmith were expelled at
this meeting, Fiona claims this was a sham meeting. In an email to the
Darwin list on 31 March 2005 she says: "Neither Rob Inder-Smith nor
Gary Meyerhoff were
expelled from the DIM Collective"
Vikki was also at the meeting (first meeting) and verified Fiona's account.
Fiona "In the interest of free and open discussion and to try to save
Darwin Indy from destruction I am calling for a Special Darwin
Meeting to be held on Saturday 16 April, 2005, 9am at The Roma Bar,
Cavenagh St, Darwin."
Around the 2 April Mick expels Fiona. Gary Meyerhoff contests the
membership of Darwin: "You and the three NEW collective members do not
constitute the Darwin Indymedia Collective. Rob, Viki, Fiona and I are
as much members of the collective as you."
By the 5th April 2005 Mick was posting abusive and "slanderous
statements" on the Darwin Newswire against other Darwin media
activists arising from the dispute.
On April 7 Mick explained the reasons for 4 expulsions:
"Gary and Rob are not fit to run or belong to anything. That's why
they were expelled. Viki and Fiona lied about that expulsion that's
why they were expelled."
On April 14 Mick is accused of restoring hidden newswire comments that
breached edpol and were personal attacks on other activists
Perth sends a statement that challenges whether the expulsion of 4
members was legal. "Now, when darwin indymedia joined the imc network,
it agreed to use
'consensus decision making'. *Thats* the *official* indymedia
methodology. The problem for us, is that based on this, you cant kick
out four members
of a collective if even one of those members disagrees with being kicked
out. The alternative that has been adopted is generally "Consensus + 1".
Whereby the individual doesnt have a say in that decision. Its not
considered to be a particularly GOOD model, but perhaps as good as it
gets. However, in a collective of 8, "Consensus + 4" just isnt consensus.
Its not even voting! Even the original decision to remove gary and
rob was debatable in its correctness policy wise. When fi said that
she did not support that decision, then it means that the decision is
withdrawn. Consensus is always retractable."
The next meeting, advertised by Fiona for Darwin Indymedia Collective,
was held on 16 April with Viki Zangari, Fiona Clarke, Stuart Highway,
Gary Meyerhoff, Rob Inder-Smith attending, and apologies from Vikki
Riley. This meeting authorised the changing of admin passwords and
suspention of Mick's admin access. See minutes:
Vicki, Gary, Stuart Highway confirm the minutes
See also Statement by the Darwin Indymedia Collective and members of
the Darwin activist community including an early history of Darwin
This then begins a long period where Mick attacks other Darwin
Activists, Perth IMC (who acted as sponsor and host to Darwin IMC),
and later Sydney IMC, Melbourne IMC. Even collectives such as Adelaide
and Aotearoa whave been attacked by spam messages to their newswires
by Mick. In late 2005 and early 2006 Adelaide argued for the domain
name to be returned to Mick's group, and still received abusive
===Comments on the meeting from 2006 (Resolve list)==
Fiona (Darwin IMC) on the expulsions meeting in February 2005. She
claims she "was bullied into going to that "meeting", I wrote, you
spoke, then long
after, you typed up minutes that elaborate on my rough notes to the point of
fabrication. Fact is, the "meetinng" itself was a sham, my
participation was coerced, not voluntary, and I since withdraw all
support for you and any implied support for your claiming unanimous
expulsion of Gary Meyerhoff and Rob Inder-Smith."
"Mick Lambe's meeting at OMD which kicked off his whole hate campaign was at
love and solidarity,
i have a NEW key:
gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 594B97C2
Key fingerprint = 7B70 F22D F275 D111 3A04 F9EE 0E25 4944 594B 97C2
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