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Some Basic Thoughts on the Asian Development Model for a Conference
This paper suggests that even a free market is only free in a particular country because that state allows it to be so. Of course it goes without saying that the pressures of the market, together with the institutions of neoliberalism like the austerity wavering IMF and the World Bank, plus the interests of dominant powers, can persuasively influence or even straightjacket a state in its choices. This means that the overarching goal of capitalist development is imposed, perhaps freely, on welcoming nation states eager to join the club of developed or mid ranking nations who have pulled their peoples out of absolute poverty, while the specific methods and means to achieve that are or can be debated. To download the short paper go to the SSRN link here. (0)

My article 'The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: The Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change' has been published
My article ‘The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: The Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change’ has been published in (2014) 27 (1) Accounting Research Journal 19. If you have University Library access you can have a read if your library has subscribed. It is not a bad read if I do say so myself, borrowing from the ideas of Tom Bramble and Rick Kuhn about a capitalist workers party and the changes over time of the party. The two referees loved it…. (0)

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Me quoted in Fairfax papers on tax haven use
Me quoted by Georgia Wilkins in The Age (and other Fairfax publications) today. John Passant, from the school of political science and international relations, at the Australian National University, said the trend noted by Computershare was further evidence multinationals did not take global regulators seriously. ”US companies are doing this on the hard-nosed basis that any [regulatory] changes that will be made won’t have an impact on their ability to avoid tax,” he said. ”They think it is going to take a long time for the G20 to take action, or that they are just all talk.” (1)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

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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Archive for July, 2009

Ethical martini: Can journalism survive the internet?

This piece, by Martin Hirst from Ethical Martini and the AUT, is reproduced with his permission. Here is a link. I spent an interesting 24 hours in Christchurch on Friday and Saturday as a guest of the New Zealand Broadcasting School. I was a speaker at the school’s conference to celebrate 25 years of turning […]

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Whatever happened to the ALP left?

Peter Garrett’s decision to approve more uranium mining shows the futility of joining the Labor Party to change the world. The party changes you.

Crap corner: Geelong Council sacks workers after they fill in potholes

Geelong Council has sacked two workers after they filled in hazardous potholes in their lunchtime.

South Africa: economic apartheid continues

 There are strikes or threatened action in the following sectors in South Africa: Gold, Platinum, Coal, Municipal workers, Paper and Chemicals, Rail, Communications, Doctors, the SABC.  Couple this strike wave with the first recession since the downfall of apartheid and the anger in the townships over the conditions people are forced to live in and the situation […]

Health care: reform or revolution?

Neo-liberalism, not need, drives health care reform. Let’s tax the rich to pay for universal health care as part of a move to a just and equitable society.

Australian hypocrisy over Rio Tinto arrests

John has an article in the August edition of Socialist Alternative about Australian hypocrisy over the Rio Tinto arrests. It is based on Rudd gives China a Stern talking to on this site.

Race shapes the day

America is a country shaped and dominated by race.  That history will not disappear, as the arrest of African American Professor Harvey Gates for ‘breaking in’ to his own home shows. Conservatives argue that the election of Barack Obama means that the US is somehow a post-racialist society.  Certainly the American electorate rejected the overt racism of […]

Rudd’s message: all power to the casino capitalists

Rudd is going to hand back complete control to the casino capitalists and attack workers. What a great strategy for further disaster.

Closing down one tax lurk for the rich; what about the others?

Often seemingly appropriate policy responses can lead to tax rorts. Take section 23AG of our income tax laws. Back in the mid 1980s Australia moved from an exemption system for foreign taxed income to a foreign tax credit system (FTCS).  In essence under the FTCS Australian residents declare their foreign income and receive a credit […]

Obama’s not-so-new Latin America policy

PRESIDENT BARACK Obama declared recently that there would no longer be junior and senior partners in the Americas but his actions are sending a different message.