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There is a a hoary old chest nut that is dragged out on a regular basis from our domestic retailers . Its the exemption for online purchases of less than $1000 dollars from the GST. The retailers dream that lowering that threshold will make an improvement in their ability to compete.
I can’t see Abbott going anywhere near this to be honest, firstly the GST is workable only because retailers are forced to act as tax collectors for the government but the Australian government does not have the jurisdiction to force overseas suppliers to do the same for them. It just can’t happen. So how would such a tax be collected? from the shippers or via Customs? The reason for the $1000 threshold is to make the administrative burden of collecting the tax commensurate with the revenue gathered. Lowering the threshold would not lower the burden per transaction so it could very easily mean that the cost to collect the tax could exceed the revenue collected which is the Labor way of doing things (see the mining tax as an example) its unworkable and the government knows this.
The simple fact is that retailing is moving more and more online simply because we the consumers like to shop that way and personally I would be more than happy to buy from Australian based online traders and I do so when ever I can because domestic online stores have one very big advantage over those based overseas and that is reduced shipping times. In my experience any item purchased from China will take about a month to arrive items shipped from within Australia can be on your doorstep within days if not the next day. In this age of instant gratification that short of difference in shipping times is a deal maker/breaker for most people.
So I predict that this whine about GST on online sales will amount to nothing just as similar whining in the past has done. If domestic retailers want to retain their market share then they are going to have to try to play to their strengths more, namely work on their service, their ability to instantly supply the goods to a customer and being available to attend to any warranty claim that may arise finally they have to realise that the price for their products is a big determining factor in buying decisions and they can no longer just hope that we consumers don’t notice that the product they sell can be bought cheaper elsewhere.
- No change to OS internet sale GST – yet (news.theage.com.au)
- Net shopping tax talks (stuff.co.nz)
- McClay to consult on GST for online shopping (stuff.co.nz)
- Canberra to maintain current GST threshold for online purchases (zdnet.com)
There is a problem with the way that we perceive the mentally ill, namely too many people do not understand that they can be wonderful convincing lairs who can spin very convincing stories. It may be that they them self believe these delusions that makes them so believable but it is also the case that amongst the general public there is this underlying belief that its easy to tell when someone is bonkers. Its of course not so at all. With this thought in mind lest consider the case of Samantha Azzopardi who has been leading the authorities in Dublin such a merry chase aground the gooseberry bush. Not only was she not the 14 year old abuse victim that they thought she was but she is in fact more than a decade older than they believed her to be:
Sadly during my life I have come in to contact with a number of individuals who were suffering from mental illness and I know how hard it can be to tell that they are in fact not thinking clearly .They can be most convincing to strangers even when their behaviour and story does not quite add up . As sad as the case of Cornelia Rau is hers seems to very much be a case of people taking her at face value.-
Then as now a young woman has been taken at face value and had her liberty curtailed as a result from the story it seems that she is at least mentally challenged if not mentally ill. I am just waiting for someone to insist that its the fault of the Australian government on some rather shaky pretext and I wonder how long it will be until there is an ambulance chasing lawyer seeking damages form the Irsh and Australian governments.because they failed to find the truth about this woman sooner.
- Mystery woman Samantha idenitified (heraldsun.com.au)
- Mysterious Dublin woman’s 40 aliases (smh.com.au)
- Mystery girl found wandering Dublin streets is Australian Samantha Azzopardi (dailymail.co.uk)
Strewth its getting to be a daily ritual for the ALP to drag out a new dinosaur to try to extort money form the party faithful in support of the ever more desperate Rudd campaign. Maybe when it comes to the Labor government now would be the time to remind readers of that wonderful Monty Python Sketch about a certain Norwegian Blue…
Maybe Kevin is just pining for the fiords…