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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)



An end to neoliberal tax cant?

I thought I might direct readers to the Social Science Research Network where a few of my draft political economy and tax publications can be found.

This particular paper, unpublished and looking for a home, is called ‘Reason in revolt now thunders to end the age of neoliberal tax cant.’  It looks at the political economy of tax reform in Australia and argues that without an upsurge in resistance to neoliberal policies the ongoing shift of wealth to capital from labour in Australia will continue irrespective of tax policies.

In fact tax policies are part of the agenda of the one percent and can contribute to that shift. Certainly progressive tax redistribution has lessened markedly in Australia over the last 3 decades.

The first part of the paper looks briefly at some of the social ferment going on around the globe to give some context to the resistance to neoliberalism and the demand for tax justice.

I then explain what neoliberalism and Keynesianism are and how the reality of profit over people renders Keynesianism a dead end while the reality of economic crisis renders neoliberalism an anachronism.

I go on to discuss the tendency of the rate of profit to fall in its global and Australian contexts.

I finish off by examining the neoliberal tax reforms of the carbon tax, the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and the neoliberalism underpinning Australia’s Future Tax System Report (‘the Henry Tax Review’).

Here is a link. Once you get into that you will need to hit the one click download on the top left hand side.  Don’t be daunted by its length (55 pages or 20000 words). Hopefully it is a rollicking good read. And there are even some pretty pictures and cartoons.


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