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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)



The Augean tax stables

This is a letter I sent to the Australian Financial Review after they reported the head of Treasury, Ken Henry, saying basically that now was not the time to make radical changes to the tax system.

It’s me lecturing the bourgeoisie to get their tax system in order. For a more leftwing approach my submission to the Henry Tax Review arguing for a fundamental shift in taxation from labour to capital and called Real Tax Reform: a love letter to Ken Henry can be found here. My article Why won’t Labor tax the rich? might also be worth a look.


When it comes to tax reform the Australian bourgeoisie and its hired thinkers are a timid lot. As John Kehoe reports ‘Ken Henry has downplayed hopes of rapid reform from the federal government’s tax review…’ (Road users targeted in Henry tax review’ AFR Friday 16 October page 1.)

Instead of cleaning out the Augean tax stables, the Henry Review will add to them. Instead of addressing fundamental base and structure issues, the review will tinker at the edges.

The rent seekers and arbitragist tax advisers have won. Again.

Root and branch tax reform has always foundered on the self interest of those who do well under the current system. The capitalist state has proved itself incapable of rising above sectional interests to impose a tax system that benefits all of capital and increases the efficiency of the exploitative process and enhances its productive allocating role.


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