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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 December, 2010

The new year: have your say in Saturday’s Socialist speak out

A new year brings thoughts of a better world and renewed optimism to the fore among many many people. As the new year begins, let us join together, united by our hope for a new world, one free of war, poverty, racism, sexism and homophobia. Let us continue our daily, systematic, unglamourous work towards, as Trotsky wrote, a society cleansed of all evil, oppression and violence.


Afghanistan – Australians terrorising the population

Almost 18 months ago I asked: ‘Are our troops [in Afghanistan] engaged in assassinations of villagers similar to Operation Phoenix in Vietnam?’  (See Operation Phoenix: rising from the ashes in Afghanistan?) Operation Phoenix was a special campaign of assassination and torture in Vietnam aimed at destroying networks of Vietcong sympathisers in the South. I answered the question in the affirmative, […]

Facebook down?

Is facebook down – 14.30 Australian Eastern Summer Time Thursday 30 December (about 10+ hours GMT)?

Ashes to ashes

It is time for a revolution in cricket in Australia. Let’s grab our game back from the exploiters. The grass roots should rise up and take over its running in the interests of every kid and adult playing, watching or otherwise participating in local cricket.

2010: a class odyssey

During 2010 the third phase of the global financial crisis – making workers pay – began to play itself out. Capital in Europe has used and is using its parliamentary dominance – it doesn’t matter whether reformists or conservatives are in power – to attack their working classes. While there have been magnificent strikes and demonstrations involving masses […]

Have your say: Summer days’ socialist rave

It is the holiday season, with the aspirations of billions for peace and love coming up hard against the reality of a society of war and hate. This is systemic. No amount of wishing or praying for something is going to make it happen. A mass movement of the majority of the class that produces the wealth for a […]

And so this is Christmas

When production is organised democratically to satisfy human need, we, the producers of society’s wealth, will have no interest in killing each other. Then every day will be Christmas.

The hope of the despairing

It is the hope of the despairing Not caught but wearing Life in vests Escaping the empty nest Taken, not blessed, upon the sea, the holy sea of cant and won’t be in our place Belonging is their other face staring, staring, staring upon our shores Whose dead are these? the question asks And the […]

Wikileaks and rape

The left must defend Wikileaks and its role. But we must accept that Assange needs to address and answer the allegations against him in a way that does not put him at risk of US retribution for unrelated matters, namely publishing their lies.

Why socialist organisation is necessary

We must begin the task of getting organised around revolutionary ideas today if we are to make the most of the inevitable reaction against the horrors and inequalities of the capitalist system in the future, and to overthrow it for good.