Paying for the licence should give you Aussies some clout with the regulator, otherwise it is like with free sofwate...if you complain to the programmer you get told to FO as it is free. I would rather pay for my licence than have a free one written on plain A4 paper. If something is free it is worthless.
I would happing pay £20-25 a year.
73 de Guy G4DWV/4X1LT (both free).
Hams & their clubs & other organisations contribute more value
to their societies, eg by offering others positive activities, not to
mention technical & procedure training.
I consider the helpful nature of Hams & the Amateur Radio com-
munity a big Plus, with additional Social Value.
If that's not enough, others note that AU's ACMA collect LESS
to CHARGE Hams for their Licenses than they take-in doing so.
Who does a cost-fence affect? Those (eg, youth) who'd benefit
most from a self-educational Technical Hobby.
Finally, why should AU - among its peers, in the larger community
of Nations need to stand out as TAXING what other gov'ts value
enough to provide Tax-Frer.
PS Why should AU Hams be charged for "all" Ham Bands, as each
can use only ONE (or a handful of) freq. at a time?
AU's gov't displays arrogance and an anti-intellectual bias, against
those whose Hobby contributes to helping its practitioners to think
& develop their problem-solving capabilties, as well as developing
Habits of bonding with others - both locally & in the larger World.
Surely, I've listed much more Value than AU's ACMA sees, for AU,
etc. I, for one, OBJECT to Aissie Radio Hams being Taxed for their
efforts to contribute in these ways (& others).
We don't Tax eg, our Volunteers in Emergency Services (St Johns
ambulance, Country Fire Service, cadet programs of our armed
Why pick on the Hams?
If it is due to our average Age, then it is Unlawful Age Discrimination,