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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)



Archive for December 7th, 2016

Australia’s economy goes backwards

Australia’s GDP went backwards 0.5% in the last quarter. Prepare for an onslaught of propaganda and action about cutting back spending on poor people, workers etc etc. The problem, as I tried to argue in this article in Independent Australia, is not policies per se, but capitalism itself. As Marx argued, there is a systemic […]


Carbon pricing?

In 2010 Beyond Zero Emissions outlined a $370 bn plan to move Australia to a completely renewable energy society over ten years. A 1% net wealth tax on the top 10 percent of wealth owners in Australia nets $60 bn a year to pay for that. Abolishing the super concessions and negative gearing or the top 10% of income earners, and abolishing the CGT concession which overwhelmingly benefits the top 10%, brings in an extra $25 bn easy. Bingo – the Budget deficit is fixed and actually addressing climate change can begin.

Super dodgy employers: The Commissioner of Taxation should resign

As a former Assistant Commissioner of Taxation it seems clear to me that the current Commissioner of Taxation has failed in his duty to protect ordinary workers. I call on him, and the gaggle of executives he has gathered around him who are currently destroying the ATO, to resign immediately.