No representation without taxation!
US tech giants Google and eBay have called on the Australian government to give them the same “safe harbour” protections as apply to telecommunications carriers. There's no little irony in this: Google's been criticised for paying the low millions in tax in Australia, courtesy of its Irish-Dutch money shuffle, even though its …
Is Google is asking the govt to protect them for their users, when the govt should be doing more to protect its voters from Google.
Besides, if they wanna shuffle their money out of our country before paying the legitimate amount of tax on it, they can fuck off and stop doing business in this country.
Re: The Irony
I think you'll find they are paying the legitimate amount of tax. Otherwise, the ATO be having more than a few words with them.
Though I do agree, a little government funding to push FLOSS personal clouds along wouldn't go amiss and there is a case to be made that if you put your name on goods and services (including auctions) then you should be liable to some extent.