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Senate Probe Calls Uber, Airbnb

Senate Probe Calls Uber, Airbnb

The inquiry is chaired by Labor Senator Chris Ketter, who has replaced former leader Sam Dastyari.

Executives from a number of other companies including Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Caltex, BP, Viva Energy, Woodside, Santos and Origin Energy are also slated to appear, as is Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan.

In written submissions to the inquiry, Uber and Airbnb have argued that they comply with Australian tax laws and their Australian operations merely provide support services to parent companies based in the Netherlands and Ireland.

Senator Dastyari told Fairfax Media that “there’s a lot of buzzwords around at the moment in politics about disruptive technology and innovation. I’d also like to see us get back to the old-fashioned principle where companies actually pay their taxes in Australia.”