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May 2016



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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)



Archive for May, 2016

Cleaning the Muck of Ages from the Windows Into the Soul of Tax

This academic article of mine was published on Monday. It is about Marx’s methods and tax. ABSTRACT The aim of this paper is to provide readers with an insight into Marx’s methods as a first step to understanding income tax more generally but with specific reference to Australia’s income tax system. I do this by […]


Instead of screwing the less well off, why not tax the rich instead?

  In Independent Australia I examine Labor’s social welfare policies and find they are edging closer to those of the Coalition rather than a progressive workers’ party. I start off by saying: I HAD BEEN wondering if Labor (ALP) were going to be Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in our election. As the ALP has begun announcing policies to cut […]

The Assad regime’s horrible history

Lachlan Marshall in socialist magazine Solidarity explains the Syrian regime’s history of deals with imperialism and attacks on its own working class in order to boost its own wealth and power.

Tax cuts for billionaires, wages cuts for workers

Drive past Trades Hall up until the election and you might be shocked to see a giant Malcolm Turnbull head jump out at you. This billboard sums up the choice facing working Australians at this election – do we support a government promising $50 billion in corporate tax cuts while trying to undermine penalty rates, or do we #puttheliberalslast?

A link to my draft article on tax and the forgotten classes – a brief history written in letters of blood and fire.

This is the SSRN link to my 25000 word draft article on tax and the forgotten classes – a brief history written in letters of blood and fire.

Westconnex – the people reclaim their council and their democracy

200 local community members attended the first meeting of the ‘Inner West Council’ imposed by Mike Baird. The community sent a clear message to the administrator Richard Pearson when he was forced to leave the meeting after he claimed it had become ‘untenable’… This is local democracy, and Baird cannot take it from us.

The 2016 election: Asylum seekers, AFP raids and dead cats

Dutton offends every Australian migrant, AFP raids highlight the disaster that is Turnbull’s NBN and Labor’s fairness mantra endures — John Passant analyses week two of the election campaign in Independent Australia.

John Passant is unwell

I am unwell again. I won’t be posting much, other than perhaps links to other articles and short comments.

Peter Dutton swings the dead cat

The real enemy is Peter Dutton and all he represents, not asylum seekers and refugees.

Untouched billions in tax rorts for the rich

This is the link to my article in socialist magazine Solidarity on the untouched billions in tax rorts for the rich.