23rd August 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 17

WIA Director confirms WIA Board is in disarray.  President openly defies board.


Hello again,

WIA Director Andrew Smith VK6AS has alerted members with his concerns over a toxic board culture (“self-centred and not prepared to examine itself” are the words he uses) and financial mismanagement.  In case you missed Andrew’s news release, follow this link:


WIA Director Andrew VK6AS breaks ranks


Further to this, the July Board Minutes indicate clearly that the Board approved the release of the mid-year P&L Statement for members.  Yet the President failed to follow-through and instead defies a Board decision with his disingenuous “bucket economics” piece in the September AR magazine.  Sir Humphrey would be proud.

The President also reports that the Board is only just now seeking a Treasurer, despite knowing since early in 2016 that one was required.  Andrew Smith confirms this as well as advising the Board is operating without a budget or any meaningful financial reporting.

In the meantime, the President is treating members and the board with contempt.

First we get a Financial Report at the AGM riddled with inconsistencies and errors, an Acting Treasurer (also a Director and former paid office manager) with “no accounting skills” and now the President is glossing over financial incompetence with an incorrect use of “bucket economics”.

Assuming the facts presented are correct, these are the “meat and potatoes” from the President’s “bucket economics” report:

  • membership down 5.4% since the beginning of the year. (over 10% in 18 months);
  • membership income alone down over $20,000 year-to-date;
  • trading loss year-to-date of about $33k;
  • costs for the first half are up;
  • costs for AGM and Conference on Norfolk Island are down (this might be because Paul Simmonds and Andrew Smith didn’t claim their expenses – thanks Andrew and Paul);
  • delivery of ACMA Services runs at a loss. The Board doesn’t know the costs of delivering the services.  In spite of the President stating the contract made a small loss ($2,000), they report in the July Board Minutes that they are yet to produce the Annual Report for the ACMA – so how can they know the loss?  Which is it Mr President?; and
  • WIA is in breach of contract with ACMA – and the President has made a public statement to this effect.


The Board voted to release a P&L Statement.  Why has the President ignored this decision?  In spite of what the President states, a click of a button is all it takes to create a P&L and Balance Sheet out of modern accounting packages; if it has been properly updated and maintained.

WIA Director Andrew Smith confirms what we’ve been saying all along.  The Board does not have adequate control over the finances of the WIA and this is reflected in the President’s fanciful “bucket economics”.

They are operating without a budget; they have known the Treasurer was finishing up in June for months, yet only now they claim to be searching for a replacement (5th Treasurer in one year).

They are making guesses about possible future income and expenses.

They are unable to produce a financial report.

They are holding 4,689 Foundation Licence Manuals.  This must be 3-4 years of stock.  No business holds that much stock.  What happens when the syllabus changes?  We cannot believe that all board members would have approved such an irresponsible and sloppy outlay of members’ funds.

Lastly, the President is misleading members when he states “the majority of income comes in the second half of each year”.  The split is about 48:52 between the first and second halves of the year.  Hardly a majority.

Why is the President misleading members and concealing the fact that this board does not have a handle on our money?

Why is he over-riding a Board decision to share the mid-year P&L with members?

Every member should be alarmed that our President is overseeing a board that is out-of-control.  Every director has a fiscal responsibility to know the status of the finances.  Leaky “bucket economics” just doesn’t cut it.

Draining our funds to the tune of $1,178 per week doesn’t cut it either.

The President is hiding the truth from members.  The truth of the matter is he won’t show us the P&L or Balance Sheet because financial records and management are in disarray.


We continue to support Paul Simmonds and Andrew Smith who we know believe in transparency and responsible financial management.  Unfortunately, it appears they are being voted down in their efforts to bring much needed reform to our WIA.

Andrew will need the support of ALL WIA members now he has made his concerns known publicly.  Let the President, Phil Wait know that you support Andrew.  Contact Mr Wait on 0418 161 733 or send him an email philwait@bigpond.net.au.

Just how much money will this Board lose this year?  Can we allow them to continue leaking our money to the tune of almost $1,200 per week?  Can we allow this dysfunction, incompetence and lack of leadership to continue?

We have written to the President asking for their immediate resignations.  As soon as we get a response we’ll share it with you.

There are still many people who are unaware of the WIA Reform Group.  Please forward this email to your local club and friends.  Take a copy when you meet local amateurs for a coffee.  If they contact Feedback@wiarg.org we can send them a newsletter direct.

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We’ll continue to support Paul and Andrew to challenge this Board and demand better results for all Australian Radio Amateurs.  A strong WIA is critical to protect our hobby.  We encourage every radio amateur in Australia to be a member.


Until next week,

G.C. Dunstan VK4DU,  C. Chapman VK3QB,  R. Dollar VK8RD

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