As previously mentioned on ITWire.com(,) Ian Hanke is an expensive PR practitioner paid directly by auDA to handle their media relations.
It is unclear how much money auDA, the non-profit Australian domain name administrative body, has been, and is probably still currently paying Mr Hanke to directly handle auDA’s media relations.
But to give you some idea, a few years ago, The Mercury newspaper quoted Labor politician Bryan Green as stating, “Mr Hanke was being paid a thousand dollars a day with no contract at all.” The entity Mr Hanke was apparently engaged by at that time was the State Government of Tasmania.
“On the same day as the Mercury reported on how much Mr Hanke was being paid, a contract was suddenly drawn up,” Mr Green said in that same Mercury article.
Today, based on the following Tweet made by Mr Hanke, (over a recent Domain Incite article – Australia Likely To Ban Domaining) any reasonable person would surely come to the conclusion that this auDA-paid PR spin-doctor can’t wait for tens of thousands of Australian domain names to be confiscated. Literally meaning; ten’s of thousands of domain names owned by legitimate Australian businesses are at risk of being potentially turned off due to a crazy, new Final Report proposed by auDA’s PRP.