No special GST deal, Scott Morrison tells Amazon | Technology | The Guardian

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Scott Morrison has sent a public message to the online retail behemoth Amazon that it will not get a special deal in Australia, after the company said local consumers would be blocked from purchasing through its global websites. Amazon announced this week it would not ship overseas goods to Australian customers after new GST rules that target international retailers come into effect in July, restricting Australian purchases to their local operation, which launched last December. Amazon’s local outlet has underperformed since its launch. Initial prices were criticised for being far too high compared with local competitors and with the company’s international sites. The treasurer told reporters in Sydney on Friday he found it hard to believe Amazon was incapable of working out a technological solution “when it comes to the simple application of a sales tax on their products sold in Australia”. Read All Comments:

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