On the 1st of July, Australia’s online space will be going through its first big shakeup in more than a decade, changing the way we register, renew, and manage Australian domain names (.COM.AU, .ID.AU, etc).

The Registry Operator Is Changing
After more than 15 years of championing Australia’s online space, AusRegistry will be passing the digital flame over to one of the largest registry operators in the world, Afilias.

Afilias is the world’s second-largest domain name registry, managing more than 20 million domains across dozens of different extensions.

More Flexible Billing Periods
As a part of this transition, multi-year registration periods will be made available for all Australian country code top-level domains giving you the freedom to register or renew any domain name that ends in ‘.au’ for your choice of 1-5 years.

Your Website Won’t Be Affected
We imagine the process involved in transitioning the data of Australia’s 3+ million active domain names will be fairly complex and require a lot of double, triple, and quadruple checking…

As such, downtime at the registry level has been scheduled to begin at 8:00am on Saturday the 30th of June and is expected to be complete at approximately 8:00pm on Sunday, the 1st of July.

During this time, pending transfers, renewals, and change of registrants may be affected and the new registration of any Australian ccTLDs will be unavailable. There will also be a 14-day period where domain purges will not take place, giving registrars the chance to verify data integrity and help mitigate any potential issues after the transition is complete.

New eBook Launched

dande1st.com have published the ebook version of Takeaway – the Sale of the Government Printing Office which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the first Government Asset Sale in New Zealand when on January 24, 1990, the Crown and Graeme Hart of the Rank Group signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement for the Government Printing Office that was to come into effect on January 31, 1990.

The signing of the Sale and Purchase Agreement was the beginning of the end of a poorly conceived sale process that was drawn out over two years. But even following the signing of the agreement it took a further 10 months before the Crown were able to fully complete their obligations which would allow Rank full management of the business. But the Agreement signed on January 24 allowed for the Rank Group to take all the profits of the business even though they had only paid a small deposit and during that time the GPO sales turnover was more than the profit the Government made on the sale of this business asset.

To make matters worse for the Crown, Rank managed to get out of paying any interest on the balance of the money owing when they offered to help finalise issues that the government departments and consultants responsible were having. This amounted to Rank saving a further $1.5 million. Rank also were able to save over $2 million off their original bid for the business following an audit after the sale. The purchase of this Government asset was the springboard that was to launch Rank into the country’s wealthiest investment business that 30 years on is worth more than the national debt reduction the assets sales programme was supposed to achieve.

Takeaway – The sale of The Government Printing Office revisits the GPO in the 1980s of change and looks at what went wrong with the sale process and the effects and aftermath the sale created for the business, that years later triggered a Commission of Inquiry due to the very poor sale result that was less than the cost of the sale process itself and led to a profitable printing, publishing and stationery business being sold for much less than it was worth.

Available now as an ebook.

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