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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. (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

Real debate?

System change, not climate change

Sick kids and paying upfront





A local Illawarra group called ‘A Community for Peace & Justice’ has called for a public show of community support for the 677 survivors and a vigil for the hundreds who drowned from that boat. The community support will be held this Friday 22 May from 5pm to 6 pm in Crown Street mall, near the corner with Kembla Street (close to the Church).


The May 2015 edition of socialist magazine Solidarity is out now

The May edition of Australain socialist magazine Solidarity is now out. Links to the articles are below.

The Rohingya and the St Louis – a letter in the Canberra Times

This is a letter of mine the Canberra Times published on 21 May 2015.

The battles within SYRIZA and Greek society

Antonis Davanellos is one of the leading voices of SYRIZA’s left wing. He is a member of the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA), which cofounded SYRIZA as a coalition of left-wing organizations in 2004, and he is a member of the party’s Central Committee and Political Secretariat. Davanellos talked to Lee Sustar in Socialist Worker US about the debate over Greece’s future and the hardening battle lines in the discussion of what comes next.

Rohingya find humanity from ordinary Indonesians

Mitra Salima Suryono in Lhoksukon, Indonesia writes for UNHCR about the basic humanity that ordinary Indonesians have shown to the Rohingya. To read the whole article celebrating humanity click here. After long ordeal at sea, Rohingya find humanity in Indonesia.

The Rohingya and the St Louis

This was the lead letter in the Australian on Tuesday. The comparison between turning back Jews fleeing Nazi Germany and the Rohingya today trapped at sea is brilliant and true.

Rescue the Rohingya refugees

“The Australian government is playing with asylum seekers’ lives,” said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition. “It is suddenly obvious that offering ‘turnback’ advice to Malaysia and Indonesia cannot save lives at sea, but only endanger them.” “The boats must be welcome in Indonesia and Malaysia, and Australia. Australia must immediately lift its ban on accepting UNHCR refugees from Indonesia and offer Rohingyan refugees safe passage to Australia. An international rescue effort can guarantee that no lives are lost.”

Women in League, cheer squads and domestic violence

The problem of domestic violence is systemic. It needs systemic solutions, not propaganda about the role of women in rugby league, nor stereotypes like cheer squads which reinforce the subordinate role of women in society and hence reinforce the very system which produces domestic violence.

And the sun fights back, again

The cold wind chases sun away
At the tea chaied seaside
Where the children play
While parents and friends unsay
The world as is

The smoke and mirrors budget

Solidarity magazine argues that Tony Abbott is desperately praying that this year’s budget will save his skin. But the budget cuts from last year remain in place, and even his new spending on childcare relies on taking money allocated elsewhere for families and new mothers.