The Australian Treasurer recently announced that Australian State and Territory treasurers have agreed the GST should apply to cover online transactions where overseas suppliers sell goods under AU$1,000 to Australian consumers. Call it the “Amazon.com tax”? This mirrors the recent proposal to apply GST to supplies of digital products and services from overseas providers to [...]
Recently the Australian treasurer Joe Hockey announced that the Australian Government is considering extending the Goods and Services Tax to also cover intangible services such as internet streaming (eg Netflix), music downloads (eg iTunes) and e-books (eg Kobo and Amazon) that are sold into Australia. This could make buying online services 10% more expensive. Generally, [...]
It’s official, today we are Aussies! This morning Anna and I joined 620 new citizens to take the Australian citizenship pledge at Brisbane City Hall. Play the slide show Do we now speak with perfect Aussie twang, enjoy the taste of Vegemite or magically understand the rules of cricket? Uh, no – and especially not [...]
When living in Canada, I would have questioned my sanity if I had suggested a visit to Costco on a Saturday. So when Costco opened in North Lakes, Brisbane about a month ago, we figured it’d be smart to let things cool off for a few weeks before we gave it a look. We arrived [...]
We have new photos to share with you! Scenes from the curling and views of Dunedin.
Tuesday, 9 August 2011 is census day in Australia and Aussies will be asked to describe their their age, profession, religion, income and the family makeup in a series of personal questions. Census question 60 is whether people want to opt-out of having their census records made available in future to historians. If you answer [...]