Liberals yet to deliver a cent on multinational tax avoidance - Media Release

LIBERALS YET TO DELIVER A CENT ON MULTINATIONAL TAX AVOIDANCE

The Australian Tax Office today confirmed that none of the $4 billion clawed back from multinational tax dodgers over the past financial year could be attributed to Liberal laws – despite their attempts to claim otherwise.

In Senate Estimates, my colleague Chris Ketter asked the tax office’s International Deputy Commissioner Mark Konza:

Chris Ketter: In terms of the $4 billion that you announced was raised on the 23rd of August for the last financial year, just interested in knowing how much is directly attributable to MAAL [the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law]

Mark Konza: The answer is nil. The MAAL only came in in 2016. The $4 billion concerned audits that went back as far as 2008.

This shows that Scott Morrison and Kelly O’Dwyer have been telling blatant untruths when they have claimed that it was their policy responsible for cracking down on multinational tax dodging. 

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The ABS deserves better - Transcript, ABC Canberra Drive

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

RADIO INTERVIEW

ABC CANBERRA DRIVE

TUESDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2017 

SUBJECTS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Malcolm Turnbull’s unnecessary marriage equality opinion poll, Malcolm Turnbull’s tax cuts for big business, Census fail, housing affordability, Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN.

LAURA TCHILINGUIRIAN: Staff numbers at the Australian Bureau of Statistics will be cut by 17 per cent next year. It’s going to result in the loss of 480 jobs. Now up to about 100 staff were given voluntary redundancies back in march and there were about 120 staff members who were axed late last year as well. So, what is this all going to mean? Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh joins me. Good afternoon.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Good afternoon, Laura. How are you?

TCHILINGUIRIAN: I’m well. What are your concerns over this announcement?

LEIGH: I’ve got concerns for Canberra and concerns for the rest of Australia. For Canberra, this is yet another cut to a public service which has been so savagely slashed over recent years by the Liberals. But for the rest of Australia, they rely on the data that the Bureau of Statistics produces. When councils are considering where to put new investment, they look to ABS data. When state and territory governments look at new bus routes, they look at the Bureau of Statistics. Businesses look to the Bureau of Statistics data for consumer demand. As we policy makers deal with challenges like housing affordability, of course we’re looking to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. They’ve been doing such good work and such vital work for Australia, Laura, that it’s just so deeply unfair that they’re being punished because Malcolm Turnbull wants to give his big business mates a $65 million tax cut.

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The Liberals’ war on evidence continues - Media Release

THE LIBERALS’ WAR ON EVIDENCE CONTINUES

The Liberals are continuing their war on evidence: forcing job cuts and survey cuts at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics stated that:

‘The ABS does not have the resources to undertake all the activities that our customers demand… Average staffing levels will need to decline by around 17 per cent over the next two years.’

The latest Australian Public Service Statistical Bulletin lists the total number of staff at the Australian Bureau of Statistics at 2833. As even the most underfunded statistician could tell you, 17 percent of that equates to 482 job losses.

Malcolm Turnbull now needs to confirm whether nearly 500 jobs are set to be axed as the Bureau  struggles with the Liberals’ ongoing campaign to weaken the public service.

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Belconnen Magpies - Members Statement

FEDERATION CHAMBER

23 OCTOBER 2017

As patron of the high-flying Belconnen Magpies, I rise to acknowledge some of those who received awards at the club's annual event.

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Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) and Related Bills

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

23 OCTOBER 2017

The fundamental question before the House today is whether we raise taxes on average Australians or whether we raise taxes on the top one per cent.

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Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 2) Bill 2017

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

23 OCTOBER 2017

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 2) Bill 2017 deals with two issues—choice of fund and closing the salary sacrifice loophole.

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Still buffering - OpEd, The RiotACT

Still buffering

The RiotACT, 24 October 2017

‘When the internet is too slow to do my homework, it means I have to stay up late to finish it’.

‘My daughter drives into university at night because our home connection is too slow. I worry about her returning to a deserted campus in the late hours and spending long periods alone in computer labs, but it’s the only way she can get the speeds she needs to get core coursework done .’

‘I’m trying to build cybersecurity start-up, but it’s hard to do it from home when we don’t have a stable broadband connection.’

On a warm spring evening, nearly one hundred Canberrans gathered at the Belconnen Community Centre to discuss with Tara Cheyne MLA and me the ways they use broadband, and the challenges many are facing in getting a decent connection.

In days gone by, fast internet was a luxury. Now, it’s becoming a necessity. Streaming television. Watching university lectures. Video calls between grandparents and grandchildren. Speedy internet is like water and electricity – we expect it to be there when we need it.

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Tribute to James Walker and Peter Norman - Adjournment Speech

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

19 OCTOBER 2017

I rise today to pay tribute to a local legend, and a national legend. James Walker was known as the 'Mayor of Hackett' for his activism in the Hackett Community Association. 

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Girls Take Over Parliament - 90 Second Statement

FEDERATION CHAMBER

18 OCTOBER 2017

Today marks the world's largest girls takeover event—an event which I'm proud and delighted to be part of. 

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Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No.6) Bill 2017

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

18 OCTOBER 2017

I wish to begin my contribution on the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 6) Bill 2017 in a somewhat unusual way for a tax debate by noting that this is the day on which girls take over parliament. 

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