The State Government seems to be conflicted in the way it is dealing with multinational companies, according to the Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ).
“Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath is crying foul over Lottoland claiming it isn’t a fair deal for local businesses or for people buying lotto tickets, but those same arguments are just as applicable to Uber and its services,” said TCQ chief executive officer Blair Davies.
“The Attorney-General complains that because the money Lottoland makes doesn’t go into Queensland revenues it isn’t re-invested in local services, but how is that different from what the leading provider of booked hire services is doing?”
Mr Davies said that the Government’s new regulations for the personalised transport sector don’t do anything to ensure that taxes are being properly paid by booked hire providers or that profits are not transferred offshore to tax havens.
“If Queensland’s first law officer is so upset about the lack of a level playing field when it comes to selling lookalike lottery tickets, it begs the question as to what advice she provided to her Cabinet colleagues when they considered setting new rules for taxis, limousines and booked hire services?
“The State Government may not have any power to regulate Lottoland, but it certainly has the power to regulate booked hire providers like Uber. The Attorney General’s arguments about Lottoland are right, but she would be better focussed on removing the double standards being applied to Uber.”