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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)



Vanuatu, climate change, tax avoidance and helping the country

Buildings in Vanuatu have been severely damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam. Twenty eight are confirmed dead but that figure will increase markedly over time as help reaches outlying areas.

No doubt all those companies in Vanuatu (especially those with some sort of Australian connection) which have benefited from not paying any income tax there and perhaps reducing their Australian and other country tax will be chipping in lots to help the country after the catastrophic Cyclone Pam destroyed a number of lives, homes and livelihoods. Oh …

Maybe a small Australian tax on Australian big business (those most likely to be involved in tax avoidance using Vanuatu and other tax havens) could be used to fund assistance and rebuilding the country. Over to you Joe Hockey. Oh …

Long term the best way to help the country would be for Australia and other developed countries to address climate change. According to ABC News:

President Lonsdale said climate change was contributing to the disaster in Vanuatu.

“We see the level of sea rise, changing weather patterns,” he said.

“This year we have more [rain] than every year and for the last couple of weeks, the heavy rain falls throughout Vanuatu and it exceed what has happened in the past. ”

The Australian ruling class seriously addressing climate change? That won’t happen because profit (the more untaxed the better) is the key aim of big business, not protecting the environment. There will be more Cyclone Pams and more after the event mickey mouse responses.


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