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This Business Lobby Tweet About Company Tax Rates Went Horribly Wrong

"we're worried that economic growth might be stifled by burdensome red-tape".

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In the Business Council of Australia's war against the country's 28.5% company tax rate, the group recruited a young, wide-eyed bartender to give her thoughts.

"I’m worried there will be fewer job opportunities around here because of high company tax.” Act now and support th… https://t.co/RyUa9Fr9yQ

The BCA calls itself "a forum for the chief executives of Australia’s largest companies". People immediately smelled some bullshit.

@BCAcomau Hi Business Council of Australia: genuine question: is the woman in your tweet from a stock photograph? Did she really say that?

Why would a young bartender be so worried about the company tax rate?

@BCAcomau as a youth i concur i lie awake at night thinking of high company tax the dream state holds no solace hig… https://t.co/SbFB99P6b7

Beer-pullers are surely worried about other stuff right?

@BCAcomau what I was 18 I was more concerned with capital gains tax concessions

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@BCAcomau "I'm worried that my boss doesn't think I should be paid the award penalty rate for working public holidays." #thereifixeditforyou

The link between bringing down the company tax rate and job creation isn't exactly always direct.

.@BCAcomau No employee has ever said this. Growth of revenue as an effect of tax reduction doesn't lead *inevitably* to job creation.

You're seriously taking the piss @BCAcomau

Maybe it's on her ~list~ of priorities. Who knows.

.@BCAcomau incredible that arya stark is against our insanely high corporate tax rates

@BCAcomau "we're worried that economic growth might be stifled by burdensome red-tape"

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Unions and progressive lobby groups stepped up the trolling, forcing the BCA to clarify that she's a "#realbartender".

No need to Google. She's a #realbartender in a real pub in Adelaide, South Australia where they know that real inve… https://t.co/zXXjwAhAI1

But then someone noticed the pub being used for the campaign is The Havey in South Australia, which is owned by a guy linked to a hotel lobby group.

So pub = @TheHavey = owned by the Fahey family, one of which is VP for "low taxes" lobbyist mob AHASA… https://t.co/inOR6SbJFm

BuzzFeed News called The Havey and confirmed the photo was taken at the pub. Yes, the woman in the photo was a bartender.

Jug O Rama starts this Wednesday! $20 jugs of spirits 8-9pm $25 jugs of spirits 9-10pm and $12.50 jugs of beer 8-12!!!!!!!!

A staff member said the bartender had been told not to talk to anyone asking for her to expand on her views regarding company tax reform.

Correction: A previous version of this article included the insinuation that the BCA had silenced the bartender. The BCA has since told BuzzFeed News that's not the case. A spokesperson says the group has no association with the pub or its owner.


Mark Di Stefano is a Media and Politics Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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