We registered Townsville.com.au as part of our testing procedure. We test every day (missed everything today - Kudos George & DW) and have done for weeks. Maybe we just got lucky on Monday. As part of that test, we need to have a registrant ready. We used Netfleet just as I'm sure D8 and DW used themselves or related entities when they were in testing phase. Nothing wrong with that - repeat you have to use someone - we thought it may as well be us.
I just read your post again David. The problem for you is that you didn't use NetFleet as the Registrant as you say - you used NetAlliance Pty Ltd which is part owned by NetRegistry. That's what we're all on about because it seems to be in direct contravention of auDA policy. And then belatedly you have tried to change the Registrant following the outporing of angst.
Perception is everything. I seriously urge you to acknowledge that you may have made an error of judgement in this case, and fix the problem. It will give you guys a much needed PR boost, and take the heat right out of the situation.