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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 recent resource rent tax experience in Australia

This is a paper I wrote and published a few months ago on the recent resource rent tax experience in Australia.

Here is a link. When you get in, hit the one click download in the top left to get access to the full article.

It is long – about ten thousand words – but hopefully an OK read.

In it I argue that the left must be involved in tax debates and controversies to provide an alternative analysis to the neoliberalism and neoliberal Keynesianism that pervades tax discussion and expresses the interests of the ruling elite.

This should be, not as part of speaking power’s truth, but as part of the wider struggle against an undemocratic and exploitative system.

To explore this further I look at the recent experience in Australia of the Labor Government’s attempts to introduce a Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT). I argue that tax policy and tax law are a reflection of the balance of class forces and their combativeness at any time in any given society.

I examine the changing nature of social democracy in Australia and the possibility that, in light of the Labor Government’s back down over the RSPT, Labor now rules for specific sections of capital rather than capital in general.

I finish off by arguing that the left should be involved in the debates and battles over tax and tax policy as part of the wider struggle for a new society in which production is organised democratically to satisfy human need.


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