"The leaflet he handed me said $50yr for just being a member and another $60yr for a monthly newsletter."Perhaps because the form on the website is from 5yrs ago, and its only single sided compared to a more recent iteration of it. As mentioned prior they really have kept up with the times with all things internet related. I'm not spewing Smeg, here's the forms themselves taken with my impeccable photography skills thus have a look. The section I'm referring to is at the bottom of page 2.
Their website reads:
" Membership is the best way you can keep up with the Museum's progress, even if you are not actively involved. Members receive a monthly newsletter ,detailing the latest work projects, potential exhibits on offer, and appeal totals. In addition, membership allows you to attend, and vote at, the general meetings of the museum company.
The membership fee is currently set at $50.00 per year."
Nowhere on the web site is their any mention of an "extra $60 a year for a monthly newsletter." In fact their web site clearly states "Members receive a monthly newsletter"
Clearly then if there is an additional $60 pa that has to be paid in order to receive a monthly newsletter, their website is misleading and deceptive conduct by a Corporation within the meaning of Sec 52 of the Trade Practices Act.
How many people have been caught out by a misleading website only to find that they have to pay and extra $60 a year to get a newsletter?
Their newsletter was the only means of communication on what was going on with this group. You get no other communication, apart from the annual financials and notice of annual general meeting.
Personally I would regard it as dishonest conduct if there is a further imposition not mentioned in their web site.