[LINK] need for ABN for a .au domain?

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Nov 8 14:44:58 AEDT 2022

On 6/11/22 9:17 am, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> Does anyone in the Link braintrust have any info about why AuDA is now
> requiring an ABN in order to register a .au domain of any sort (except
> id.au)?
> https://lawpath.com.au/blog/do-you-need-an-abn-to-register-a-domain-name
> Some domain registrars (at least one I know of) are now going back and
> requiring those who have had one for years to now pay $119 to make the
> addition of the ABN info.
> Is this a money grab by AuDA, the domain services, or a real need? Why
> this change for all but id.au domains? Is this a Tax Office regulation
> change?

The options seem to be:
-   instructions from someone in the mass surveillance apparatus
-   a functional need that escapes us all
-   a money-grab, mainly on behalf of the many intermediaries wanting
    to make money in the Internet world, partly also for auDA

The organisation's behaviour has been appalling for quite some years.
The public interest aspect has completely gone, and the facilitation of
monopoly profits is what it's about.

(I'm happy to search out the series of critiques I've posted over the
last few years, if anyone wants it).

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