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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (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
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (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)

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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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