Google - what laws? (11 Apr, 2019)

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Google - what laws? (11 Apr, 2019)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:30 am

This column is archived at: https://aardvark.co.nz/daily/2019/0411.shtml

Google, Apple, Facebook... they don't have to worry about tax (or any other) laws -- seemingly because our governments are too afraid or awe-struck to actually enforce them.

Here in NZ, these companies have thumbed their noses at the taxman for years and across the ditch, the Aussies are letting Google trail its drone delivery service seemingly in violation of noise-laws and in the face of huge protests from people who find their houses being overflown by what they claim are irritatingly loud craft.

Meanwhile however, the tax authorities will hunt regular citizens to the end of the world for every last tax-dollar owed to them and are very quick to declare otherwise legal tax arrangements to be "avoidance" at every opportunity. And, in Oz, many children under the age of 16 will be effectively banned from enjoying a hobby that has proven to be safe and educational for over a century. Australian adults will have to pay $20 a year to engage in the same hobby after it was redefined from a "freedom" to a "privilege" by the authorities.

Have things gone too far?

Is the move to redefine the hobby of flying RC models as a "paid for privilege" actually something being driven by the mega-corporations' desire to "own" the airspace currently used by this hobby (0-400ft)? After all, how will Google and Amazon be able to make (tax-free) $$ out of drone deliveries if this airspace is filled with regular folk and kids flying their toys?

Your comments please.
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Re: Google - what laws? (11 Apr, 2019)

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Re: Google - what laws? (11 Apr, 2019)

Postby goosemoose » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:41 am

You have to fight them with creative measures. Nothing to stop residents getting a drone for themselves and flying it into the flight path of one of these google ones is there? Make complaints on points of law. Ostracise the people receiving these deliveries. Make a same dB level noise next to their houses, after all the drone made the same noise didn't it. Start your own drone delivery outfit and test in the drone delivery test area of Canberra. Covertly jam the radio signals. etc etc.

I know, I know all of this time, money and effort that you shouldn't have to do and some them are barely legal but it looks like the law is not really enforced there (for megacorps anyway). The obvious one is don't use their products. I make an effort not to. But alas most people won't give a shit will they?
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Re: Google - what laws? (11 Apr, 2019)

Postby JonL » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:28 am

I'll be flying my drone over my property without paying $20 registration or doing an official course, thank you very much, and the authorities can take a running jump!
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Re: Google - what laws? (11 Apr, 2019)

Postby Perry » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:39 pm

Bruce wrote:Is it time to start complaining about the immunity that power and wealth now seems to offer to those corporations that are "too big to touch"?
Complain to who or what?

Bruce wrote:Don't we have more than enough evidence to prove that this is simply a corruption of the system under which the rest of us must live?
Since when did that make any difference to what the woodenheads want or want-to-ignore?

The Swiss - 100 days - system has a lot of appeal, right now.
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Re: Google - what laws? (11 Apr, 2019)

Postby phill » Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:36 pm

Canberra / ACT is an interesting place
talk about one law for you and one for us .. it sort of lives by that

as a background .. most ( or at least a hell of a lot ) of its residents are pollies, pollie hangers on or snivel servants

the service brigade mostly live in queanbeyan .. which is almost a suburb of Canberra but is in NSW not ACT

it had far more liberal pornography legislation than the rest of the country
legal prostitution ( the only state )
numerous other state / service charges far less than everywhere else
and best of all when the asbestos saga hit
all houses and buildings in ACT ( but not queanbeyan ) were stripped of all asbestos and asbestos insulation and rebuilt at tax payers expense
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

i might live and eat in a sewer .. but hey look how many of these shiny things i have got
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