ATO eye cafes, restaurants, beauty salons in illegal cash economy fight

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An estimated 400 restaurants, cafes and hair and beauty salons will get a visit from the Tax Office this month, as part of the agency’s continued focus on the illegal cash economy.
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The ATO has in recent years stepped up audits of small businesses in high-risk industries, which it suspects may be taking illegal cash-in-hand payments.

ATO officers with Asian language skills have been visiting these kinds of businesses in major cities across Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Adelaide.

Assistant Commissioner Tom Wheeler said Perth and Canberra were next.

The ATO estimates about 1.6 million businesses (mostly micro and small businesses with an annual turnover up to $15 million) operating across 233 industries are part of the illegal cash economy.

Businesses that use cash only have a higher risk of not correctly reporting sales, Mr Wheeler said. “These industries are on our radar because they have ready access to cash, and this is a major risk indicator,” he said.

The ATO estimates more than half (58 per cent) of businesses in the hair and beauty industry are cash only and that almost half (45 per cent) of businesses in the restaurant, cafe, takeaway and catering industry are cash only.

Aside from cafes and restaurants and hair, beauty and nail salons, other industries that have been under the ATO’s watch include carpentry and electrical services, building trades, road freight and waste skip operators and cleaners.

In 2015-16 the agency monitored 127,000 cash economy businesses, conducted 15,000 audits and enforcement activities and raised over $208 million in tax and penalties.

The ATO wants to initially help businesses understand and meet their tax obligations, but should they then not comply, it could then lead to audits.

“We know that the majority of businesses get it right, so our first aim is to help businesses by checking they are properly registered and provide them with an opportunity to ask questions in person,” Mr Wheeler said.

“We then work to protect honest businesses from unfair competition by taking action against those who do the wrong thing.”

Mr Wheeler said the community plays an important role in making the tax system fair for everyone.

As Fairfax Media reported, more than 5500 workers dob in their bosses to the ATO every year for allegedly illegally paying them cash in hand.

“We take reports from the community very seriously,” Mr Wheeler said.

Aside from audits, the agency has also increased its data matching of these industries.

The ATO has identified the cash economy as a major tax integrity risk, which about 400 ATO staff, with a budget of $39.5 million in 2015-16 monitor.

While the cash economy risk has been identified, the ATO has not publicly released a robust estimate of the level of revenue at risk.

In other countries such as Britain tax authorities release “tax gap” estimates every year detailing how much money they think is at risk from small businesses using illegal cash-in-hand payments, as well as multinationals dodging their tax obligations.

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Proposed laws ‘unlikely’ to stamp out exploitation of underpaid workers

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Outlawing unreasonable requests for cash back from employees and higher penalties for franchisors will fail to stamp out exploitation of underpaid workers, legal experts have warned.
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The proposed laws increase the maximum penalties to more than half a million dollars for contraventions that involve “deliberate and systemic” underpayment of staff.

The government bill follows revelations in Fairfax Media about rampant underpayment of staff at 7-Eleven, Pizza Hut, Caltex and other chains.

Immigration labour law authority, Joanna Howe, an Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide, said prohibiting exploitation was a step in the right direction but would not ensure unscrupulous employers were caught.

“What we know now about these types of employers is they calculate the chance of detection, which they know is slim,” Dr Howe said.

Vulnerable workers rarely complain about being underpaid to avoid risk of losing a temporary work visa or possible criminal charges for compliance with illegal conduct including cash-back scams.

Dr Howe said unscrupulous employers would likely continue to underpay vulnerable workers knowing their chances of being caught are slim.

The federal government has introduced a bill to make franchisors and holding companies for retail outlets and large fast food chains more accountable for wage fraud.

Dr Howe said many temporary migrant workers were too scared to complain about being under paid for fear of losing their job and visa.

“Prohibiting the practice does not empower them to come forward,” Dr Howe said.

“They fear that they may not find another job if they complain about being forced to hand cash back to their employer.

“Their frame of reference is their home country where the wage rates are lower. They also know that a lot of temporary migrant workers are getting exploited.”

Dr Howe said temporary migrant workers in breach of their visa face “very real possibility of deportation” under the Migration Act. Visa proposal

The Redfern Legal Centre, which provides a statewide legal advice service to international students, said the new bill was unlikely to provide comfort to exploited workers.

The centre has submitted a proposal to the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce ,chaired by Allan Fels, suggesting the Minister for Immigration issue a special direction against cancellation of a visa as part of section 499 of the Migration Act.

Redfern Legal Centre solicitors Linda Tucker and Sean Stimson said this would allow students forced to work more than 40-hours per fortnight (outside their visa’s limit) to raise a complaint without risk of losing their visa.

“Student employees will not come forward because the risk is their visa will be cancelled and that will always trump any other protections,” Ms Tucker said.

“We are not saying it should be a free-for-all, we are asking for an alternative approach to sanctioning that breach which takes into account the context in which the breach occurred.

“We are proposing the introduction of a ministerial direction to give decision-makers a direction to not cancel a visa when a student has breached the 40-hour per fortnight condition.”

Mr Stimson said the proposal would give students more confidence to come forward with a complaint if they would not automatically risk losing their visa.

“If there is a certainty around the preservation of a visa the employers will be aware they are exposing themselves to severe penalties,” he said.

Fairfax Media contacted Federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash for comment.

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Smith takes a screamer – but it’s the grassed chance that hurts

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Full scorecard: India vs Australia, Second Test, Bangalore
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Steve Smith hauled in another screamer, but it’s the catch he could not take that is hurting Australia’s chances to claim a famous victory in the second Test.

The Australians are paying a heavy price after their captain put down Cheteshwar Pujara on four. The Indian No.3 was unbeaten on 79 at stumps and shapes as the key wicket for Smith’s men on the fourth day if Australia are to keep the run chase to a manageable target.

India were 4-213 at stumps on the third day, a lead of 126.

Smith grassed a tough chance low to his left at first slip and though it would be harsh to criticise, he has has held on to many more difficult catches.

He proved that later with his brilliant one-handed grab to dismiss Lokesh Rahul off Steve O’Keefe’s bowling.

Smith dived full stretch to his right to complete a catch every bit as good as the one he held to dismiss New Zealand’s BJ Watling a one-day international in Sydney.

“That’s one of the best catches I’ve ever seen live,” Brett Lee, who had a 21-year career at the top levels, said on Star Sports.

Smith, who made eight in the first innings, will need to play a key role with the bat in the run chase if Australia are to win the second Test and claim a 2-0 series lead.

Pujara had insisted the pitch was becoming easier to bat on – and proved it on the third day. He batted for the best part of two sessions and once set, did not give a chance.

Paceman Josh Hazlewood said he and Mitchell Starc had erred by not attacking the stumps and bringing the pitch’s variable bounce into play.

“We did bowl a bit wide, that Australian line – we can improve tomorrow morning,” Hazlewood said.

Whatever total Australia are set, they can at least draw comfort knowing India were able to score 87 more on a pitch that did not deteriorate much on the third day.

While there is still turn for the slow bowlers, the spin is not as quick as it was on day one when Nathan Lyon capitalised with eight wickets.

“I think the wicket’s drier now. When it does stay low and jump the batsman can react better and counter it,” Hazlewood said.

“Day one or two it was sharp and quick, the wicket played reasonably well today.”

The momentum is with India, but if Australia can strike early they will fancy their chances of quickly wrapping up India’s tail, which has been poor this series.

“I think it feels pretty level at the moment. They obviously fought back really well in that last session,” Hazlewood said.

“Credit to the two guys out there batting now, they stuck to their plans and fought hard and scratched away for quite a good amount of runs.”

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F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is introduced to the Hunter at RAAF Base Amberleyphotos, video

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First look at F-35As bound for Aussie bases F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

PROUD PILOTS: Wing Commander Andrew Jackson and Squadron Leader David Bell in front of Wing Commander Jackson’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter “001”. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

COMBAT READY: Williamtown RAAF Commander Air Combat Group, Zed Robertson, describes the F35-A to a mixed Queensland and Hunter audience at Amberley.

Secuirty patrol one of the newly arrived F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

MPs Kate Washington, Meryl Swanson, Sharon Claydon and Tim Crakanthorp and Commander Air Combat Group Williamtown Zed Roberton listen to F-35 pilots Wing Commander Andrew Jackson and Squadron Leader David Bell. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Commander, Air Combat Group Williamtown, Zed Roberton speaks to media at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commander Ken Robinson speaks to media at t F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF, explains a delay in departure to passengers waiting at Williamtown RAAF base. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

One Nation Senator Brian Burston in conversation with Air Commodore Craig Heap. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF, explains a delay in departure to passengers waiting at Williamtown RAAF base. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Amberley Air Base, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF, explains a delay in departure to passengers waiting at Williamtown RAAF base. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commander Ken Robinson (Amberley Air Base) speaks to reporters beside one of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commander Ken Robinson speaks to media at t F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 pilots Squadron Leader David Bell (L) and Wing Commander Andrew Jackson (R) speak to reporters beside one of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 pilots Squadron Leader David Bell (L) and Wing Commander Andrew Jackson (R) speak to reporters beside one of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp alights from an RAAF Wedgetail aircraft. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Amberley Air Base, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Security guard and dog shelter from the sun under the wing of one of the newly arrived F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Security guard and dog shelter from the sun under the wing of one of the newly arrived F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook F-35As on display at Amberley – Pictures: Max Mason-HubersA selection of photographs from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLDld. Picture: Max Mason-HubersA GROUP of Hunter MPs and community representatives flewto RAAF Base Amberley base on Monday for an up-close look at an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter –the futuristic jetbound for RAAF Base Williamtown from December 2018.

Two of the long-awaited and controversial strike fighters made theirAustralian debut on Friday at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon airport at Geelong.

The RAAF had originally announced that the jetswould circleover Newcastle on Sunday, en route to Amberley, but concerns over lightning meant this trip was cancelled.

The Newcastle invitees assembled at Williamtown at 8am on Monday, expecting to fly to Amberley in a C-130 Hercules, and to be there before the F-35As, which were flying from Geelong.

But a problem with the first plane meant leaving later in a plane with fewer seats –an E-7A Wedgetail– so some of the invitees had to stay behind. When the Newcastle group arrived the two F-35As were already parked up –one on display, one in a hangar –meaning it was a visual inspection only, with a perimeter barrier and a guard dog to ensure no-one came too close.

Despite these limitations, all who made the tripsaid they were glad the RAAF had reached out to them and the community, and that the visit to Amberley was worthwhile, even if those who were worried about aircraft noise didn’t get to hear the plane in action.

The head of the Amberley base, Air Commodore Ken Robinson, said the federal government had approved the purchase of 72 aircraft, together with weapons and support materiel.

Air Commodore Robinson said the first public flight of the F-35A at Avalon was “quite an extraordinary moment” and there was a definite “mood of excitement” at the airshow.

He said it was “usually decades between celebratory drinks” when it comes to acquiring new fighter aircraft –and it was definitely time for a celebratory drink.

Military personnel guard the the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Zed Roberton of Williamtown RAAF described the F35-A as “the world’s greatest 5th generation aircraft”, and he thanked the plane’s manufacturers, Lockheed Martin, and its other “US partners”.

Asked about the cost controversyover the F-35A, Air Commodore Robinson said its “unit costs continued to reduce”, and the average cost of an Australian plane off the production line was now $US90 million ($119 million at current exchange rates).

The two planes that had flown to Australia had been used for training purposes since December 2014. They were going back to Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona, where more Australian pilots were being trained.

ARRIVAL: Port Stephens MP Kate Washington looks across to the F-35A on the tarmac, followed by Sue Birch of Medowie and Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp.

The two Australian pilots who brought their planes across are Wing Commander Andrew “Jacko” Jackson, 39, and Squadron Leader David Bell, 37, both of Williamtown base.

Wing Commander Jackson had been at Williamtown from 1999 until his posting to Arizona in 2014, and Squadron Leader Bell, a test pilot, had been at Williamtown for more than six years.

Describing the plane, the pair said it flew at Mach 1.6, or almost2000 kilometres per hour. But it was the “situational awareness” that the pilots had in their helmets, which gave them 360 degree vision without having to move, and the weaponry, that set it apart, rather than outright speed.

Queensland media at Amberley on Monday were keen to talk up the potential for F-35As to be at the Ipswich base, but Wing Commander Jackson said: “We’ve had a long association with Newcastle, it’s a fantastic place to live, and it’s been the home of the fighters for a long time and that is going to continue into the future.”

Williamtown base commander Air Commodore Craig Heap said the RAAF was working closely with the community both on the preparations for the F-35A and the firefighting foam contamination problems.

Air Commodore Heap said Williamtown’s runway extensions meant the F-35A would be able to take off without its afterburners –the main noise concern with the plane.

The Labor federal member for Paterson, Meryl Swanson, said the visit had been worthwhile but she and the members of the Williamtown Advisory Group and the Community Reference Group who had made the trip were disappointed that they did not get to hear the plane.

One Nation Senator Brian Burston said noise was a secondary concern given how much Williamtown did for the defence of the nation.

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Kressley leaves the jungle after harrowing 9/11 tale

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American stylist and “the best intruder” Carson Kressley was voted off I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, but not before sharing one last harrowing tale of his life.
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Previously Kressley spoke of growing up gay in Pennsylvania and being fearful about losing the love of his family if he admitted to being bullied for being homosexual.

On Monday’s episode described being in New York during the September 11 attacks and walking the streets with posters of a colleague’s sister, who worked in the Twin Towers, because “that’s what you did”.

“Nobody knew where everybody was and if they made it out, did they go to some hospital in New Jersey, or are they burnt and unrecognisable.

“They never found her. Nothing! So, yeah, like the next couple of days, like, it was just sirens and ambulances and clean-up. And the worst part, like, besides losing people, like everybody in New York knows somebody who died,” he added.

“The worse part is like I remember being – oh, my God, the world is, like, forever changed. Like, I was thinking about my niece who was like five years old, she’s going to have to live in a world where stuff like this happens here at home. Like you think it’s always far away.” The next celebrity leaving camp is… @carsonkressley! #ImACelebrityAUpic.twitter南京夜网/ZNrqtF3hVp??? #ImACelebrityAU (@ImACelebrityAU) March 6, [email protected] oozed confidence and nabbed two stars for camp ???? #ImACelebrityAUpic.twitter南京夜网/WC47Y7QRl7??? #ImACelebrityAU (@ImACelebrityAU) March 6, 2017Who had 1 min in for @nazeem_hussain’s first gag? #GagBingo#ImACelebrityAUpic.twitter南京夜网/WQCKVShYlQ??? #ImACelebrityAU (@ImACelebrityAU) March 6, 2017After three years, we’ve achieved the impossible – a cheeky @Ladyjmo vom ???? #ImACelebrityAUpic.twitter南京夜网/PIISio9Sjq??? #ImACelebrityAU (@ImACelebrityAU) March 6, 2017Welcome to camp, @Sandra_Sully! #ImACelebrityAUpic.twitter南京夜网/Im8jskWanS??? #ImACelebrityAU (@ImACelebrityAU) March 6, 2017You may have missed it, but there was a bit of a stuff up during the Oscars. Here’s how our celebs reacted ???? #ImACelebrityAUpic.twitter南京夜网/xqa7i6GVUY??? #ImACelebrityAU (@ImACelebrityAU) March 6, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.