9th September 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 20

Hello again,

The WIA Board is now clearly in open conflict; change is now inevitable.

From the August Board Newsletter, the President advised:

“For the first time in very many years, certainly within my time as a WIA Director, we are seeing a real difference in opinion between Directors concerning the integrity of the Board, and how the WIA should be administered.

 The first item of business <at the recent board meeting>, following a review of action items from the previous June meeting, was to consider a motion of no confidence in the Board brought by a Director. Although he thought the motion could be challenged, the President decided to allow the motion in the interest of open discussion.

 The Director moving the motion expressed the view that he was very concerned the Board was not acting in the best interests of the WIA, and therefore proposed that in view of its incapability of acting properly, it should resign, an independent administrator be appointed to run the business of the WIA, and elections be held. The President had previously released financial information that shows the WIA is tracking slightly behind the financial position of last year but has a good opportunity to improve that situation, (please see the President’s Comment in September AR Magazine for more information).

 The motion was put and defeated 2 for, 5 against. The President agreed that all Directors should be concerned about correct processes, and stated that a top priority at the meeting was moving ahead in finding a new WIA Treasurer without delay.”


Clearly two Directors have had enough and are commencing actions to bring about much needed change.

On 6th September 2016 WIA Director Paul Simmonds made the following announcement:


“This is WIA Director Paul Simmonds, VK5PAS. As a result of various concerns raised with me by many members in my capacity as a Director of WIA, and also because of my own concerns, I have recently sought legal advice with regards to a number of issues pertaining to the Wireless Institute of Australia. Further enquiries are underway and I will be making further comment in due course”.

Later the same day, WIA Director Andrew Smith followed up with:

“Just in response amateurs should note that I am a party to the legal advice as advised by Paul Simmonds and just as he states after further enquiries I will be making further comment.”


Anyone who knows Paul Simmonds and Andrew Smith will attest to them being entirely professional, level headed, mature and of good character.

We can only assume what legal advice and/or action is pending, but it’s fair to say that neither of them would have chosen this route without good reason.

Just how dysfunctional has our board become for it to come to this?  Why has the President allowed matters to degenerate to this level?

As we have been saying for months, the WIA requires a new Board with the skills and mindset to adopt contemporary business practices.  A Board that engages with members and manages the resources of the WIA responsibly. 

No doubt Paul and Andrew will issue further news in the coming days.

Stay tuned……  QRX (standby).

We’ll continue to support the only two board members who share our vision.   A strong WIA is critical to protect our hobby.  We encourage every radio amateur in Australia to be a member.

To read our vision for an effective WIA visit http://wiarg.org/our-vision-for-the-wia/

As we’ve said the last few weeks, positive action is being planned.  But we need to ensure every member is made aware of the facts.

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 directly.

Stay up-to-date with news and progress; – visit www.wiarg.org .


Until next week,

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

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