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AIRBNB WANTS PROFIT. YES, BUT SO TOO BOEING.

Some Australian landlords who have turned homes into commercial short-term rentals write today that they have received ‘free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms’, courtesy of the US$31 billion Airbnb (see photo). Problem is, the giveaways reportedly don’t comply with Australian Building Code standards. Meanwhile, another US giant - Boeing - has just replaced its head of commercial airplane unit and stripped CEO Dennis Muilenburg of his chairman role amid the 737 Max crisis, after two fatal crashes killed 346 people. Reportedly Boeing pilots knew about a control glitch two years before the deadly crashes. It is impossible to miss news of Boeing’s crisis, so why is Airbnb calling for ‘a light

A TAXING TIME FOR AIRBNB

Following the Australian Tax Office’s 2018 announcement of a review of online rentals, last week Airbnb ‘defended’ its decision to hand over the data of 190,00 property owners and landlords to the ATO. Brent Thomas from Airbnb is quoted as saying: “Airbnb is committed to making it as easy as possible for our hosts to pay their taxes, along with making it easier for the ATO to do their job.” “[Airbnb] remains supportive of implementing a data sharing framework…” With exactly these comments in mind, we are asking that Brent Thomas and Airbnb clearly demonstrate ‘a commitment to making it as easy as possible for Local Government Authorities to do their job’, and hand over data to Councils acr

SCAM ALERT – “LOVE THE PLACEBO EFFECT”

Airbnb Co-founder Joe Gebbia ‘bet the company’ on the belief that people would trust each other enough to stay in one another's homes. How did Airbnb overcome ‘stranger danger’? Supposedly through ‘good design’. “Airbnb Trust & Safety – Your safety is our priority: Learn all about trust, security, and protection on Airbnb. Tools, techniques, and tips for an amazing Airbnb experience. And much more.” Currently Airbnb and ASTRA are pushing back against Federal compliance issues and any sort of registration and licensing of their commercial short-term tourist/visitor operations in NSW. Forgive us: we’ve renamed ASTRA. Surely it should be A(N)STRA – Australian (Non-Accredited/Non-Certifie

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