The very funding of our hospitals and schools is at stake here, our children's future, but the committee's modus operandi was more of a fireside chat than a grilling.
It was apparently a matter for pride for the ATO that only one suspect was left on its "high-risk" list of corporate taxpayers (from 14 earlier).
We could point them to hundreds.
All you have to do is look in the cash-flow statements to find the actual amount of income tax paid, often zero, versus billions in cash raked in and the billions in loans to related parties offshore.
There are culprits everywhere.
Despite the licence of parliamentary privilege though, the commissioner declined to proffer the identity of this "one high-risk" and the senators didn't push him hard.
Courtesy to public officials and multinationals it seems ranks ahead of the threat to the very funding of our hospitals and schools, our children's future; as does the debate about whether the Triggs offer, or "discussion", amounted to an inducement, or not. More SMH 1/3/15 >>