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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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The real duds in the Australian Tax Office

It is my understanding that the loss of long term experienced tax officers is already having an impact on revenue collections and with more job cuts to come the decline in collections, especially from the tax risk takers in big business, will only get worse. But not to worry. Treasurer Joe Hockey can just use that as further ‘evidence’ to back up his false claims about a Budget emergency and cut more public services and public service jobs. The 1% will be pleased.

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Their barbarism and ours

Maybe, just maybe, the barbarism of the Islamic State is a consequence of and reflection of the West’s own widespread and systemic barbarism.

Of course China is no threat

The action of governments of both persuasions in Australia in joining the US-led China containment program is more of a worry to the Chinese ruling class than the caterwauling of a few PUPs.

Ferguson fights back

SocialistWorker.org writers Eric Ruder, Elizabeth Schulte, Trish Kahle and Donny Schraffenberger traveled to Ferguson to provide this account in Socialist Worker US of a community rising up against police violence, despite a crackdown that turns their city into a war zone each night.

Palestinians express solidarity with the people of Ferguson

With a Black Power fist in the air, we salute the people of Ferguson and join in your demands for justice.

A united and free Kurdistan can defeat the Islamic State

The demand for a fully independent and unified Kurdistan, combined with the demand that Saudis, Qataris and Turks stop funding and otherwise aiding IS, can re-write the direction of events.

John Passant is unwell

My apologies but I am unwell and probably won’t post much over the next few days while I recover from the flu/chest infection/asthma.

All those ‘rich people’ stuck in traffic on their way to work

A great meme which captures what is so wrong with this Abbott/Hockey Government, a more vicious but less successful version of neoliberalism than Labor when in government.

University of Wollongong Forum against cuts to higher education

A four minute video from the University of Wollongong paper The Tertangala of a recent UOW Uncut Forum there against cuts. “It’s education for rich people, not education for people who deserve it. I think that’s the fundamental issue here and that’s the one we should be speaking up against.” – Dr Colin Salter, UOW […]

Joe Hockey gets it cars about

Let’s be fair. Hockey is partly right. With his government increasing unemployment – it jumped from 6% to 6.4% last month – and denying those under 30 the dole for 6 months, young unemployed people won’t be able to buy food let alone drive anywhere.