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Australian Government Finally Moving To Close Tax Loopholes, Even The Australia Tax

Both the current Coalition and previous Labor Governments have long been looking to close tax loopholes that have seen big multi-nationals able to shift profit offshore in order to allegedly avoid paying tax in the Australian market. After a concerted effort by both sides of politics, those loopholes are slowly being closed according to Treasurer Joe Hockey.


Ed Husic On Piracy, Copyright And The Australia Tax

A few weeks ago someone alerted me to a problem they were experiencing accessing, of all things, an e-book. The e-Book had been purchased in the US, using an account this person set up when they lived there. They’ve now moved back here and – in the course of downloading their apps to a new tablet – discovered a problem.


Ed Husic: Why Focus On Piracy When The Australia Tax Issue Still Rages On?

IT Pricing champion and Federal MP for Chifley, Ed Husic, is mad. Mostly he’s mad that while the Government fiddles with an anti-piracy scheme the Australia Tax issue still burns holes in the pockets of this country’s gadget lovers.


The IT Pricing Inquiry: One Year On, And Nothing Has Changed For Aussie Geeks

Editorial: One year ago today, the guns fell silent on the IT Pricing Inquiry. The Parliamentary Committee tasked with finding why we pays more for gadgets, software, music and movies fired the final shot in the form of a report to the government on how to solve the availability crisis Australia had found itself in. One year on, and nothing has happened. The Australia Tax is as bad as it ever was, and content piracy is now at epidemic levels. We’re at a tipping point, and the government isn’t doing a thing to help.


IT Pricing Inquiry Not Dead: New Review To Examine Australian Tech Pricing

A long time ago in a government far, far away, there was a man who wanted Aussies to pay less for their gadgets. His name was Ed Husic, and together with some of his Parliamentary buddies, they got together to take the fight to big tech companies to stop them gouging Aussies. That’s the story in a nutshell of the IT Pricing Inquiry, the recommendations of which have been swept under the political rug…until now.


Ed Husic Explains Why New Piracy Laws Would Be Bad For Australian Tech

This morning at a copyright conference, Liberal Attorney-General Senator George Brandis said that the Coalition wanted to introduce new laws that would crack down on piracy via a system of notices issued through ISPs. This afternoon at the same conference, Labor MP Ed Husic offered up a stack of reasons why that approach could cause problems.


Government Pledges To Act On Tax Loopholes After Apple Australia Revenue

The government will work on tackling massive loopholes in international taxation law later this year, following a massive annual revenue figure reported by Apple Australia.


Where Is The Coalition Going With The NBN?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released its six-month update on Internet Activity in this country. The update keeps reminding us of something we already know: our appetite for data continues to grow.


Game Of Seats: How The Election Played Out For Geeks [Updated]

The counting is still underway in the tally rooms, but it looks like the Coalition led by Tony Abbott will be our new leaders within hours. There are a lot of numbers being thrown around right now, but here’s how the election ended up for the MPs you care about.


How Labor + Coalition Broadband Policies Differ: A Hype-Free Explainer

Broadband — in the shape of the National Broadband Network (NBN) — remains a key point of difference between Labor and the Coalition’s policies going into the federal election. Our politicians are not paying lip service when it comes to these differences. There are significant variations in cost, in delivery types, in download and upload speeds, in business opportunities, customer experience and the so-called “future-proofing” of the network, depending on which version of the NBN we continue with. So what are they, and what do you need to know?


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