Corporate tax reps in defence mode over allegations
The Corporate Tax Association denied suggestions that large corporations make conscious efforts in tax dodging, despite its own executives being employed by companies targeted by the Australian Tax Office. In its submission to the Senate inquiry into tax avoidance, the association said the claims are “lacking any sound basis” and “damaging our revenue base”. They raised concerns of ordinary Australians refraining from complying to tax obligations, as a result of being misled into losing faith in the regulation of the tax system. The association’s own vice-president and treasurer works at Chevron Australia and GE Corporate respectively, which have both been involved in tax-related litigation with the ATO.
Phone black spot hampered search for missing 11-year-old
Despite the search area having no cellular coverage, missing 11-year-old, Luke Shambrook was found by searchers yesterday in North-East Victoria. Luke, who has autism, was spotted by helicopters scanning the bush lands three kilometres from his family’s campsite. He was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital and treated for hypothermia, dehydration and fatigue. “We were really hampered by communications – by mobile phone communications – in the area,” SES coordinator at Alexandra, Peter Weeks, told ABC News. “Unfortunately it has been identified as a black spot, but the emergency services communications was flawless, it worked very well, but we had little or no mobile phone coverage in the search area,” he said.
NSW bride-to-be disappears days before wedding
Police and family have no idea about what has happened to Stephanie Scott, missing since Easter Sunday. The high school teacher was due to get married this weekend in Eugowra. Griffith police said her disappearance is worrying and out of character. Scott’s fiancé said is appealing for information from anyone who may have seen her. “One of her friends rang her on Easter Sunday and she was saying how she was excited and couldn’t wait. That’s the last time [anyone heard from her],” he said. “I don’t really know to be honest. I don’t know what could have happened.”
Sydney City catches up on free Wi-Fi
The City of Sydney will introduce free Wi-Fi in the CBD following a unanimous council vote. The move would bring Sydney into line with all other major cities of Australia and the world. Despite the Smart street poles technology already in place, it could be some time before tourists, city workers and shoppers start logging in for free. Councillor Jenny Green, who moved the motion, said the Baird-Government would need to come on board because parts of the city – such as The Rocks and Circular Quay – are the state’s responsibility. The Council said the Wi-Fi service would be connected before the CBD light rail is complete, which could take up to six years. – Compiled from news sources by Lily Mayers, Alison Cheung and Newsroom reporters
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