In 2015 Airbnb’s Sam McDonagh appeared before a Federal Senate Inquiry into Tax Avoidance.  When asked why Airbnb had closed numerous international offices, leaving its Ireland-based operation handling financial transactions from Australia and elsewhere, McDonagh repli...

Last Wednesday the Parliament of Western Australia heard testimony by Airbnb’s Brent Thomas and Sam McDonagh, plus Expedia’s Eacham Curry speaking for Stayz/HomeAway.  Parliamentary Committee Chair Jessica Shaw MLA advised:  

“It’s importan...

According to a report in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, Randwick Council is considering bypassing Federal Legislation and setting aside Residential Zoning to permit homes to operate as non-accredited hotels and serviced apartments for 90-nights per year.  This small Coun...

Under oath, before the Victorian Parliament, Michelle Chaing, US-based Public Policy Representative for Expedia/HomeAway/Stayz advised: “We have tons of terms and conditions that (clients) should most likely be reading through...”  Truth be told, for someone who w...

Councillors at Byron Shire were “given 45 minutes notice” this morning that Planning Minister Anthony Roberts and Ben Franklin MLC were to make an announcement at Council Offices on Short-Term Holiday Letting.  At the time of writing:

  • Nothing as yet has appeare...

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