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VK6WIA, NewsWest for Sunday 1 January 2017.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Dec 31, 2016.

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  1. VK6FLAB

    VK6FLAB Ham Member QRZ Page

    The new year in Western Australia starts with a bang that debunks the information being spread by the remaining board of the Wireless Institute of Australia and rips into statements made about the validity of training, the interest of the corporate regulator ASIC and other financial issues following a Christmas national broadcast with so much spin that you might be forgiven in seeing a cyclone revolving around the remaining board members of the embattled Wireless Institute of Australia.

    With the resignation of the Honorary Treasurer, Chris Hendry (VK3PAT), WIA Director, Paul Simmonds (VK5PAS), WIA Director, Andrew Smith (VK6AS) and Honorary Assistant Treasurer, Jeff Tubbenhauer (VK5IU), the Wireless Institute of Australia saw the loss of four more vocal member advocates last month, each whom have spent countless hours and considerable investment of personal funds to lift the lid on the financial and procedural mayhem that has engulfed the board of the WIA for some time. You can find their incendiary resignation letters on the website.

    Since the WIA President, Michael Owen (VK3KI) (SK) became a silent key in September 2012, the Institute has seen the resignation of ten individuals at board level:
    • John Longayroux, Treasurer
    • Greg James, Assistant Treasurer
    • Rowan Dollar, Director
    • Chris Platt, Director
    • Chris Chapman, Treasurer
    • David Williams, Secretary
    • Chris Hendry, Treasurer
    • Paul Simmonds, Director
    • Andrew Smith, Director
    • Jeff Tubbenhauer, Assistant Treasurer
    It is clear that there are serious issues that are causing these volunteers to resign - many have publicly and privately expressed professional and ethical concerns as the reason for their resignation.

    As has previously been stated, the Institute has been provided with several confidential, now leaked, Treasurer's reports that outline both financial and procedural concerns including clear conflicts of interest within the board. There is evidence of misleading and deceptive conduct, there are claims of defamation being made by current Directors towards WIA members. Legal advice is being ignored and the board is wilfully ignoring a constitutional right for members to call a general meeting.

    You can listen to the news on-line, on-air and on-demand. Visit for details.

    Producer: Andrew VK6AS
  2. VK6NO

    VK6NO Ham Member QRZ Page

    And so the SAGA is allowed to continue. PLEASE OH! PLEASE give the remaining board members what they deserve and stop them playing politics with YOUR Institute. Seems they are now looking for loopholes as per this quote from a WIA Email.

    " The Barrister also considered the validity of the call for a general meeting and found that, on the information he had been given by the WIA Secretary, that the “Directors are not obliged to hold a meeting under Clause 8.3 (b)” "

    This means they don't accept the constitution allowing 100 members to call a meeting and I quote.

    "8.3 Convening of general meetings

    (a) The Directors may whenever they think fit and must upon a requisition made in
    accordance with clause 8.3(b) convene a general meeting of the Institute.

    (b) The Directors must call and arrange to hold a general meeting of the Institute upon

    the request of at least 100 Members who are entitled to vote at the general meeting

    Well I'm stumped now. That sounds all legal and straight forward but rules are meant to be broken at all costs aren't they. If it's written in YOUR constitutional rules then that should be the end of it but they want the legal law to now apply to this little baby and I quote.

    "Section 249D of the Corporations Act provides that the board of a company must call a general meeting of members upon the requisition of at least 5% of the members. That provision is not a replaceable rule."

    Now all you need is about another 90 plus signatures and it's all over red rover. So many directors and members have been and still are getting hurt by all this tomfoolery but it's allowed to go on. ARE YOU GOING TO WAIT UNTIL MAY. STAND UP YOU GOOD RADIO AMATEURS OF THE WIA and have this matter finalised. PUT BOOTS ON THE GROUND AS THE SAYING GOES.
    73 from VK6NO

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