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People in Australia will be redirected to only use Amazon's local website from July 1

Australians who visit these sites will be forced back to Amazon Australia's website. this is due to changes to the Online GST which will require companies to pay 10 per cent of GST on all online purchases shipped to Australia from overseas companies. Previously, GST only applied to most goods and services sold in Australia, as well as imports worth more than A$1,000, giving companies that sold cheap imported goods an advantage over local suppliers.

Australian customers will no longer be able to use the Amazon US website from July 1.

In a statement about the change, Amazon said it regretted "any inconvenience this may cause customers".

In an email to customers on Thursday, the company said from July 1 it would redirect Australian shoppers from its worldwide sites to amazon.com.au where products sold by Amazon US will be available on the new global store.

Under new GST collection laws, online retailers will be forced to apply the 10 percent GST to goods purchased on worldwide sites and shipped to Australia.

Media reports said the other major online retailer, eBay, would not follow Amazon and apply the new tax in the interests of consumers purchasing goods from its website.

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The tax is created to level the playing field for local retailers like JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman, who say global online sellers get a competitive advantage by not having to include GST in their prices.

Australian users weren't happy with their government's decision, and are calling the GST as the "Amazon tax". "This will allow us to provide our customers with continued access to worldwide selection and remain compliant with the law".

The global store has more than four million items, however Amazon US has 480 million products.

According to the The Sydney Morning Herald, Amazon's U.S. site provides access to roughly 500 million items, as opposed to the Aussie version, which features around 60 million products.

"A level playing field will help Australian businesses grow and create more jobs and opportunities", the Treasurer's spokesperson is reported to have said.

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