[LINK] Claim by Harvey Norman That Imports Are GST Free

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Feb 2 08:20:24 AEDT 2012

The website "Harvey Norman Direct Imports" states: "All online 
transactions with Harvey Norman Direct Imports are GST Free.": 

However, about 20 minutes into the program "Cybershack" an advertorial 
for Harvey Norman stated: "... no GST will be charged on orders under a 
grand" (Win TV Canberra, 11:30:am 29 January 2012). This suggests that 
GST will be charged on orders of $1,000 and above, contradicting the web 

The closing credits for Cybershack say that they have a commercial 
arrangement with Harvey Norman, so it is unlikely this is something the 
editorial staff wrote without approval from the company.

The web site is offering goods for sale exclusively in Australia and is 
being promoted by Harvey Norman in Australia, but is registered to 
Harvey Norman Trading (Ireland): 

Does the ACCC have jurisdiction in this matter?

Tom Worthington FACS CP, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
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Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Research School of Computer Science,
Australian National University http://cs.anu.edu.au/courses/COMP7310/

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