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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

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 'Asylum seekers'

Labor tries to out-Abbott Turnbull on border ‘protection’

On ABC AM on Tuesday morning, Richard Marles, Labor’s Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, attacks the Turnbull government from the right over border ‘protection’ (aka the militarisation of the treatment of asylum seekers.)


Her name is Nourkayas. She is a prisoner on Nauru

Her name is Nourkayas. She was a prisoner in ‪#‎Nauru‬ from the moment she was born. This is her punishment for being a Rohingyan refugee who should be protected not persecuted by ‪#‎Australia‬.

Abbott’s Syria refugee announcement: too little, too discriminatory and too hypocritical – free the Syrians in detention

The stipulation that Australia’s selection would be from minority groups is transparently anti-Muslim. And by making the announcement of bombing Syria at the same time as announcing the refugee intake, Abbott is trying to hide the reality that it is the US bombing in Syria that creates refugees.

Australia will take Syrian refugees, by Christ

Germany will on current estimates take 800,000 refugees this year. Germany and Australia are comparable rich countries. Germany has not quite four times Australia’s population. So why aren’t we talking about Australia taking 200,000 refugees this year? We used to take that if not more migrants. We could do it easily.

Some facts, not Tony Abbott lies, about Australia’s pathetic refugee intake

Tony Abbott claims we are number one per capita in taking in refugees. We are not. We are not number one but number 27 per capita. This is a good analysis with, you know, FACTS, not Tony Abbott lies, about Australia’s pathetic response to refugees. It is from the Refugee Council of Australia.

Save the children – open the borders

There is no migrant crisis. There is a crisis of imperialism, of intervention, of capitalism. End the cycle of death and tears. Stop invading countries, bombing them and supporting dictators.Open the borders everywhere.

STAND UP FOR REFUGEES – THERE IS A BETTER WAY: Rally in Garema Place, Canberra, 1pm Sunday 11 October

We demand an end to mandatory detention of refugees and asylum seekers, and the closure of Manus Island and Nauru. We urge the Australian government to allow for the rapid processing of asylum applications in transit countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia and to increase our humanitarian intake significantly.

Australian Border Force: first they came for Mojgan

First it was Mojgan, then it was Melbourne. This is the real face of Australian Border Force.

I don’t have a visa – what are you going to do Australian border fascists?

The demonstration against Australian Border Force shows the way forward to beat back this deepening authoritarianism – protest, protest, protest. Do as those in Melbourne did. Occupy the centre of town. It is a lesson the refugee movement more generally and other movements like the equal marriage campaign could learn. On the streets to beat the new authoritarianism, defend the oppressed and win or win back our rights. The next time Border Force tries it on let’s bring out thousands against them.

Nauru is hell

  This article from the Saturday paper captures that reality. It says among other things: ‘One woman lies catatonic in hospital after being raped and beaten. Another was raped and immolated. This is the world awaiting refugees released from detention on Nauru.’ To read the whole article click here. Nauru rapes: ‘There is a war […]