[Linux-aus] ATO - BAS statements... again

daniel.subs at internode.on.net daniel.subs at internode.on.net
Thu May 17 10:20:43 EST 2012

Ubuntu/Debian instructions are
AUSKey only works with Sun java-1.6 and doesn't work with 1.7 or
The part glossed over is installing Sun JRE as a plugin under Firefox.
I don't know if the Debian package installs this as the plugin by
default. Look at about:plugins in the URL bar to check.
On Fedora I did the following based on
http://wwwjava.com/en/download/help/linux_install.xml#enable:$ mkdir
~/.mozilla/firefox/*.default/plugins$ cd
~/.mozilla/firefox/*.default/plugins$ find /usr/java -name
*npjp*/usr/java/jre1.6.0_31/lib/amd64/libnpjp2.so$ ln -s
Then disabled the ICEd tea / OpenJDK and enable the Sun
jreabout:plugins to look otherwise Firefox menu -> Addons -> plugins
However the libnpjp2.so is part of a Debian package so look for it.
Could be under /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre looking at the AUSKey
Install script.
To enable javaconsole to get some reasonable error messages:
I found the Web Developer firefox plugin has a Java Console under the
Tools menu. Needs an applet running before it will show anything.
http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp?detect=jre&try=1 is a
reasonable test page.
I couldn't get it going under chrome.
Don't expect the AUSKey to give meaningfull error messages.
If you get exceptions like:17:42:18,234 ERROR
[au.gov.abrauth.cryptoOps.RequestOperations] - requestOperations,
encryptPrivateKey(...) exception: java.security.InvalidKeyException:
Illegal key size
It means the policy *_policy.jar of the AUSKey package aren't
installed over the top of the standard ones. The install script of the
AUSKey should do this but manually copying the files over the
installed versions works.
If your having troubles post stuff on the forum on the itmaze site
(http://auskey.itmaze.com.au/how-to/auskey-under-linux - good to let
the ATO know we're trying). 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna Benjamin" 
Sent:Thu, 17 May 2012 09:12:05 +1000
Subject:[Linux-aus] ATO - BAS statements... again

 Hey folks,

 I tweeted

 Thanks for the retweet john.

 others, if you're on the twitterthang - please also consider

 I submitted my BAS statement last week via windows. I had no choice. 

 I have been successfully submitting my BAS online using ubuntu and
 firefox for years now. Switching from paper to online was fabulous,
 definitely took the sting out of the busy work we do for the
 - but now I have to use windows - it is the single only thing I need
 windows for. 

 What really pisses me off, is that this used to work. It wasn't
 sanctioned, but we made it work. And Auskey was meant to make it
 It hasn't. It's now broken.

 I was going to ring the tax office last week - but ran out of time,
 just had to get it done. So I booted a laptop with windows on it.

 It feels like defeat.

 Donna Benjamin - Executive Director
 Creative Contingencies - http://cc.com.au
 ph +61 3 9326 9985 - mob +61 418 310 414

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