Onshoring offshoringWe want to grow as a nation and offer our children lots of opportunities. So many corporations are moving jobs overseas under a false sense of economy and value, in the end decreasing the amount of money circulating in our economy. The benefits of onshoring would be all encompassing - such as higher employment, keeping the money in Australia and the joy of actually having a process that works. Also review Taxes Subsidise Off-Shoring: The Australian taxpayer currently subsidises corporations to send jobs offshore. Among the companies in our industry that have sent jobs off-shore are ANZ, NAB, Westpac, and Suncorp. Between them these companies recorded combined after tax profits of $18.44 billion last year. Here’s how your tax subsidises these profits. When a corporation is sending jobs off shore the following tax results flow: • All set up costs are deductible (including travel, legal, off-shore skills development, IT etc) • All implementation costs are deductible (including redundancies) • All fees paid to the off shore provider for the “new” service are deductible against Australian income • None of the wages paid to the offshore provider’s workforce are taxable in Australia • None of the off-shore provider’s profits are taxable in Australia (e.g. Genpact in based in India but registered in Bermuda, a renowned tax haven). To make it worse, employers who send jobs offshore don’t pay State payroll taxes on the salaries of the off shore workforce. It’s time for an urgent review of tax treatment of off-shoring
End puppy farms in Australian Capital TerritoryI have personally experienced two animals in a property close to me whose lives were alarmingly sad and neglected. It took a lot of phone calls to the RSPCA to have them removed. I know there are more dogs out there who need a much better life. If there were no puppy farms around there would be much less dogs in deprived situations, as there would be less opportunity to obtain a dog on impulse. Of course we must also think about the females who produce these puppies. Their stories are horrifying. I am aware of an organization called www.oscarslaw.org which is trying to end puppy farms. The government can make the biggest change in the lives of dogs by making a law to end puppy farms and the indiscriminate sale of pups without any knowledge of the source. I know there are many organizations doing a wonderful job in rescuing and rehomeing dogs who have been abused or neglected, but the animals have to suffer prior to being rescued and that is totally unacceptable in a modern educated society. Please consider the need to make a law banning puppy farms. there is a lot of money spent on rescuing dogs from horror situations, this money could be used to assist owners train and care for their dogs.