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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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Australia could boycott Israel, Mr Rudd

Australia’s Prime Minister is supposedly very angry with Israel because it used the passports of 3 Australians in its assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh.

Kevin Rudd told radio station 3AW that ‘any state that chooses to do this in relation to Australian passports, frankly, is treating [Australia] with contempt.’

Foreing Minister Stephen Smith went further.  ‘If… the abuse of Australian passports was in any way sponsored or condoned by Israeli officials, then Australia would not regard that as the act of a friend,’ he said.

OK, so the Labor Government is very cranky with Israel.  Just what are they going to do? Nothing, or very little, I suggest.

Israel is a key part of US imperialism, the same imperialism Australia is allied to. Israel helps make the Middle East safe for American rule of the globe, a rule that protects Australian expansionism.

Australia too is part of team America, and so we are normally very supportive of the Israeli regime. 

Like Israel and apartheid South Africa, Australia was a colonial settler state built on the genocide of the original inhabitants. And like Israel, our society is both an expression and continuation of that genocide.

The apartheid regime had a policy of assassinating members of the resistance. Israel echoes this. Historically, politically and economically it is the true inheritor of the spirit of Rhodes and Malan.

Significant South African figures in the anti-apartheid struggles recognise the similarity and have called Israel an apartheid regime.

And like the battle against South African apartheid, an international boycott Israel campaign is growing in strength. 

170 groups representing Palestinian society in 2005 called for a boycott of Israel. They said in part:

We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) has grown over the years, especially since Israel’s war crimes in Gaza just over a year ago.

The Israeli mis-use of Australian passports to assassinate a Hamas leader is indicative of a regime based on the genocide of the Palestinian people.

If Rudd and Smith were serious they would not only join the BDS campaign, they would lead it until Palestine is free.

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Comments

Comment from Vladislav
Time February 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm

If Mr. Rudd was so interested in national security, why didn’t he take border control seriously when illegal boats were arriving on our shores and continue to do so. In my opinion he is just pretending to take national security seriously. He’s just all over the place with a complete lack of consistency. What does he really stand for? He’s had a war on everything to date so maybe it’s a war on Israel now. I can’t keep up.

Comment from Tatiana
Time February 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

Most likely the passport and other identity documents are printed on the government security printers. Going through identity issues, I have found that identity could be easily multiplied through the system that government agencies developed. Agencies do not want to change system of records and verification of records of personal information. Furthermore, they encourage people to use alternate, slightly different names and they use such names for the administrative purpose by themselves breaching statutory duty to proceed identities exactly as recorded on primary documents. For instance, where person have two middle names only one middle name will appear on the documents produced by the departments. If person has only one middle name, they will issue documents in first and last names only. Once alternate identity is produced, then legally verifiable, “clean” identity becomes available. Here, use of alternate identity by the person other then owner of this identity could fall under some state identity fraud provisions. Use of “clean” verifiable identity is for less risk, of course.
Person, who was put by government departments into position of usage of alternate name, can not proof nor change of name nor sometimes, that his actual name is the one that is gone.
Identity “crystallised” by such way through operation of government departments (and I do not believe that all of it is administrative mistakes) can be used for illegal immigrants, terrorism, government benefits including citizenship (in fact it supposed to be citizenship of initial identity), social security benefits, housing, tax avoidance (last audit of ATO showed that number of only random found duplicates of TFN were about 200, 000 and total number of TFN have exceeded number of last sensus of all population of Australia for about 3mln).
Etc etc and topic is very long.
Once again, most likely the Australian passports used in this terroristic plot were produced here in Australia on government printers and not fabricated somehow somewhere. Privacy law and whole system facilitate fraud. And unfortunately not yet many people look at the problem seriously before the clones arrived.

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