Operation Wickenby

27 August 2010

Professor Graeme Cooper says the decision by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to impose a travel ban on actor, Paul Hogan was probably just a tactical move.

In an article in today's edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, Professor Cooper says departure prohibition orders were almost never used.

''It would only ever make sense … if they were fleeing from the face of the earth, but if they had assets here or were going to a country with which we had a tax treaty there seems little point in restricting their movements.

''The government has invested a lot of money in funding Operation Wickenby and so far has very little to show for it either in terms of prosecutions or revenue and penalties collected.''

View the entire article - Hogan's travel ban draconian, say experts - Sydney Morning Herald

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