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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Wickenby – Does the ATO hide behind spin?

The Australian Financial Review published a letter of mine today (12 November) on the Australian Tax Office and Wickenby, the multi-agency international tax evasion project the ATO leads.  (“ATO hides behind the spin of Wickenby” AFR November 12 page 67.) 

The letter refers to an article I wrote for the Public Sector Informant in the Canberra Times on 4 November called “Wickenby: Enough bang for buck?”.  That article is available from the Canberra Times and I suggest anyone interested in the issue contact them for a copy. Their switch board number in Australia is 02 6280 2122.

In the AFR letter I drastically shortened my Canberra Times article to say that after over 4 years and around $200 million so far of taxpayers’ money being spent, 3 convictions for international tax evasion looked pretty light on.  I called on the Commissioner to explain why there were so few results to date and why the instigator of Wickenby has not yet been charged.

I also suggested the ATO has a history of not taking international matters seriously.

The Canberra Times article gives a longer more thought out explanation of the issues.


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