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Don’t give tax dodgers contracts: inquiry

Companies with aggressive tax avoidance strategies should not be granted government contracts, Australian senators have been told. A Senate committee is currently investigating the outsourcing of government services to private contractors.

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Netflix Australia revealed to be paying minimal tax

Netflix has millions of subscribers in Australia but it has been revealed the streaming service is paying minimal tax. It uses a complex company restructure with its base in the Netherlands, handing over around $340k to the Australian tax man.

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Australian Taxpayers Alliance under scrutiny over election role

The spotlight has fallen on the alliance’s finances after a submission to parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters by progressive umbrella group, the Tax Justice Network. The network has urged the parliamentary committee to investigate the ATA’s funding sources, claiming the alliance is part of a “network of organisations that has close links to foreign backed political lobby groups”.

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Bupa’s aged care homes are failing standards across Australia. Plus the operation to relocate fish from Menindee to a healthier part of the Darling River.

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Bupa’s aged care homes failing standards across Australia

More than half of the nursing homes run by Australia’s largest private provider Bupa are failing basic standards of care and 30 per cent are putting the health and safety of the elderly at “serious risk”, according to accreditation reports analysed by the ABC. Advocates are now asking whether Bupa — which receives almost half a billion dollars in government funding each year — is fit to be an aged care provider.

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