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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. (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

Real debate?

System change, not climate change

Sick kids and paying upfront




Archive for June, 2010

The mining barons run the country

Who runs the country? At the moment it’s the mining companies. Australia isn’t a democracy; it’s a plutocracy.


Equal pay for all women

Will Julia Gillard be paid 17% less than Kevin Rudd? Equal pay is the right of all women, not just bosses like Gillard.

The new authoritarianism

The new authoritarianism is winning its war against our freedoms, slowly, steadily but ever so relentlessly.

Memo to the environmental racists: Australia is not full

The only thing Australia is full of is environmental racists and their cousins – the Hansonite racists.

Sport: the new opium of the people?

Sport holds within it a view of human potential unshackled – of what we could all be in a society that didn’t grind us into dust.

A sick system

Know how when you are sick you lie in bed on one side and then after a while roll over to the other side? Then after a little while you roll back again? But rolling around from one side to the other doesn’t cure the illness. Politics in Australia is like that. At the moment.

Julia Gillard – the Prime Minister for mining magnates

The historic role of Labor as the party that rules for capital over sectional business interests is at an end.

An early election?

The Sydney Morning Herald today shows first preferences for the ALP up 14 percent to 47 percent after the leadership change. The Greens are down 7 percent. On a 2 Party Preferred it would be 55 to the ALP and 45 to the Opposition. On these figures Labor would romp home.  The Gordon Brown effect maybe? […]

Gillard, Afghanistan, homophobia and women’s wages: Saturday’s socialist speak out

Want to get something off you chest? Whether it be on Gillard, Afghanistan, homophobia, women’s wages or anything else, hit the comments button and have your say.

Gillard – another right winger in charge

Labor has changed its leadership – it hasn’t changed its fundamentals. Gillard is a right winger who will rule in the interests of the bosses at our expense.