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Me quoted in Fairfax papers on tax haven use
Me quoted by Georgia Wilkins in The Age (and other Fairfax publications) today. John Passant, from the school of political science and international relations, at the Australian National University, said the trend noted by Computershare was further evidence multinationals did not take global regulators seriously. ”US companies are doing this on the hard-nosed basis that any [regulatory] changes that will be made won’t have an impact on their ability to avoid tax,” he said. ”They think it is going to take a long time for the G20 to take action, or that they are just all talk.” (1)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (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
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Real debate?
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System change, not climate change
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Me on the mining tax

My article ‘The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: The Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change’ has been published in (2014) 27 (1) Accounting Research Journal 19. If you have University Library access you can have a read if your library has subscribed. It borrows from the ideas of Tom Bramble and Rick Kuhn about […]

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Why is the ATO losing the battle against multinationals?

Why the Australian Tax Office is losing the battle against the ‘transnationals’.

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This echoes something I wrote in 2008 for the public sector informant in the Canberra Times.

Why is there no Independent Commission Against Corruption in the Australian Capital Territory?

The corruption scandal currently unravelling in NSW should give Canberrans pause for thought, I write in New Matilda. A snippet: Can an ACT ICAC improve the confidence we ACT citizens have in our local politicians and public servants? I believe so. Such a body should be top of the list of priorities for the ACT […]

My Razor Sharp interview 26 August

This is a link to my 30 minute Razor Sharp interview on 26 August with Sharon Firebrace covering a wide range of topics, including the collapse of support for the major parties, the Islamic ‘threat’, the Budget, ‘Team Australia,’ resisting the Government’s attacks and much more…

Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war

Is there an alternative? The tens of thousands who marched this weekend against the Abbott government are a possible base from which to build a coalition against Abbott’s war on Iraq and war on Australians. If we are to go to war in Iraq then let the capitalists, parsons, politicians, landlords, newspaper editors and other stay-at-home patriots go first.

Zionists slander and attempt to suppress supporters of Palestine

Australian supporters of Israel have reacted to the growing hostility to the Gaza war with a hysterical campaign of slander and suppression against anyone who dares to criticise Israel write Corey Oakley and Daniel Taylor in Red Flag. (The link may not work all the time because pro-Israeli forces have been attacking and shutting down the Red Flag site for the last 3 weeks. The Zionists do not want the truth about Israel’s crimes revealed.)

Minister Pyne’s claims of anti-Semitism by Socialist Alternative are lies

Education Minister Christopher Pyne labels Socialist Alternative, with no evidence whatsoever, anti-Semitic. This calumny is the last refugee of Zionist scoundrels who cannot rebut the evidence of Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. In fact recent analysis shows that there has not been a global increase in anti-Semitism but rather in anti-Israeli sentiment, based on the reality of the crimes Israel is committing in Gaza. To conflate the two is a crude attempt by Zionists to bury the crimes of Israel alongside the bodies of the hundreds of murdered children in Gaza.

Labor Senator Sue Lines bagged for telling the truth about Abbott’s fear-mongering

Labor senator Sue Lines stated the obvious. Tony Abbott is using national security (Iraq, Australian jihadists, beefed up numbers of border guards, ‘Team Australia’) to detract attention away from the Government’s unfair pro-rich Budget.

A win for Gaza, for Palestine and for Hamas

Israel did not win. The Palestinian Authority did not win. Hamas did. Palestine did. Gaza’s people did.

The Australian government: opening the borders for Greek fascists

Operation Sovereign Borders stops innocent people who are fleeing war, murder and rape but Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison won’t stop fascists coming here. Says it all really.