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18 Cambodian garment workers killed in horrific road crash


Phnom Penh, May 20 : At least 18 Cambodian garment workers were killed and 21 injured today when a bus crashed into the van transporting them to work, officials said. Photographs from the crash site showed a scene of carnage with bodies thrown from the mangled wreckage of the workers’ van. ”A bus from Prey Nokor (Ho Chi Minh City) ...

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No GST-free ride for Uber warns Australian Tax Office


Sedney : Thousands of Uber drivers across the nation will have to register for GST by August 1, which could mean the cost of rides taken by consumers on the popular ride-sharing service rises by 10 per cent.The Australian Taxation Office has confirmed that people who provide ride-sharing services such as Uber are providing “taxi travel” under GST law. The ...

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How McDonald’s dodged half a billion dollars in Australian tax


Sedney : International fast-food giant McDonald’s avoided paying half a billion dollars of tax in Australia over five-year period by shifting profits through the low-tax nation of Singapore, a new report by a global coalition of trade unions says.The report, which has been funded and commissioned by a coalition of global trade unions including the Public Services International (PSI) – ...

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Prison officers at risk as prison population grows


Sedney : When a frustrated prisoner threw a billiard ball at Jason Gould it cost the prison officer the sight in his left eye.”An inmate was having a bad day,” says Mr Gould. “He threw a pool ball at me and got me in the left eye and ruptured the eye ball and the iris and the lens fell out, ...

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Soft budget and rate cuts bring swinging voters back to Abbott government


Perth : Swinging voters driven to back Labor by the unfairness of the Abbott government’s first hard-cutting budget have swung back after a “softer and milder” 2015 budget giving them “less to worry about”. Exclusive focus group testing of the nation’s swinging voters commissioned by Fairfax Media shows the 2015 budget was viewed in direct comparison to the 2014 budget ...

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