SO I bought em and they arrived. They came charged and ready to go. Actually awesome quality, weight - sturdy but light - with ear pieces and the shiznit. Hundred and something bucks for top end two ways with a reach of 36 miles. Hazzah! ... yeah .. not.
Turns out, after some accidental research, these American frequencies are the ones you need licences to use. And guess who has licences for em? SES, Department of Justice, Federal Police ... oh my GOD.
Actually have no idea on the recourse I've got for this. The packaging gets turned confetti on arrival ... or do you use em on the low power in the bush and hope no one's in the area?