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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)



Joe Hockey really truly will crack down on tax avoidance, and pigs might fly

Joe Hockey, Australia’s most hated Treasurer (and that’s just within the Liberal party room) , is committed to cracking down on tax avoidance.

So much so that he decided a few weeks ago not to proceed with former Labor government proposals to stop big business claiming legitimate interest deductions against exempt income. It would be too hard to do.

That was Hockey’s excuse, after he took advice from the very people who would be caught by the changes or their advisers. Yep, Joe Hockey really and truly is committed to cracking down on tax avoidance.

The next time the Treasurer tells you he has to cut pensions, aboriginal services, women’s refuges, health or education funding, ask him why he doesn’t shut down the section 25-90 rort and use the $600 million a year on something socially useful. That is just one scheme or rort he could close down. What about it Mr Hockey?

This of course is the same Mr Hockey happy to see Chris Jordan, the former NSW manager of major tax avoidance ‘planning’ firm, KPMG, and current Commissioner of Taxation, destroy the Australian Tax Office and its already meagre capacity to police the rich and powerful tax avoiders and evaders. Regulatory capture is the word I think we are searching for here, Mr Hockey.



Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Yes, Joe Hockey has a lot to answer for. He is still pushing grossly unpopular elements of his budget, clearly at the behest of global interests who wish to imminently replace him with Malcolm Turnbull.

I saw Turnbull on Q&A claiming to have “stopped the boats”, when in actual fact Labor signed immigration agreements which allowed people from the Middle East to come to Australia by easier means. It surprised me that no one from the audience or panel made this clear to him.

Over many years, Australians have been taught to think of every issue independently of any other, which could be the main reason they cannot gain a panoramic view of what is happening to our nation.

I also find it irresponsible that the government (and Prime Ministers, past and present) would waste lots of time and money trying to save the lives of drug mules, while alienating a foreign country. I find this particularly distasteful when the government only seems to want to sink the boot into poor and destitute Australians who are not criminals (but are constantly treated as parasites on the taxpayer).

However this is not to say that I support the death penalty, as it is not a punishment, but an easy way out.

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