A Labor MP has accused tech giant Apple of dodging tax and operating in a "cloak of invisibility", in a scathing speech to parliament.

NSW MP Ed Husic said Apple appeared unable to explain why it deserved to pay only a fraction of 1 per cent of its global turnover to the Australian tax office.

‘‘They have a head office here, but you would not know it because they maintain a cloak of invisibility and their key management team dodge any scrutiny and refuse to even engage on public policy issues,’’ he said in a speech on the government's new international tax laws.

‘‘Given the lack of work they do on that front, you would hardly say that it cost $5.5 billion to maintain a head office here and dodge that limelight.’’

Multinationals such as Apple and Google will be forced to reveal how much tax they pay the Australian government under a plan to name and shame firms that use tax havens to doge tax.

The push comes as French and UK governments question multinationals such as Apple, Google and Starbucks over their ownership structures that allow them to dodge tax by passing profits through tax havens.

Mr Husic said Google was being similarly targeted by the government over how much tax it paid, but unlike Apple, it was entering into discussions with the government.

‘‘Google at least engages with government, is prepared to talk and be a lot more open about issues,’’ he said. ‘‘While they will obviously - and all the major tech firms - be a remaining focus on the impact of transfer pricing and the impact of their tax arrangements and what they do in terms of our tax revenue and our base of tax revenue, at least they are willing to engage.’’