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qldaf as a group support registered businesses as a whole. we stand firmly against backyard trading and have done for some time. this is not about breeders, but dry good and traders. we continue to support breeders (of fish and plants) strongly though our breeders register section. the reason for this stance is the following: 1. registered businesses have insurance. the consumer has protection via fair trade policies. back yard traders do not. (proof may be sought as to business practices from businesses without a store front.) 2. back yard import of dry goods may not have the required testing done to electrical goods. cheap imports have been a major issue in many trades, especially the building trade. qldaf does not support backyard imports that are not tested correctly to comply with australian statuary requirements. 3. registered businesses pay there taxes. 4. registered businesses actively employ young australians. qldaf for some time has allowed mention of non-sponsor businesses within limits in posts, and does not permit backyard trading. (our only limitation on naming businesses is staff or associates doing the naming - very loose rule). we have many stores that contribute to the qldaf who do not get public recognition. so to the change. In order to be clear in our support for the aquarium business members who continue to give good advice and support the forum rules: 1. all store owner who post on qldaf will be required to apply to have their store name as there user name 2. all store owners will be expected to obey the qldaf rules. they are welcome and encouraged to provide information to members. they are not to sell goods or promote goods in any way. sponsors alone have that right. 3. future qldaf sponsorship positions will be considered from store owners who are involved in the forum giving advice. 4. store owners may apply to have a staff member recognised on qldaf. same rules will apply. Thanks, Steve