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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?



Archive for 'Fighting back'

Millers Point pensioners to be evicted for Packer playground?

Tenants living in public housing in Sydney’s Millers Point are vowing to resist the forced sale of their homes writes Lisa Moon in Red Flag. A community meeting to plan the fightback, organised by the Millers Point Defence Committee with the support of the Maritime Union of Australia and the City of Sydney, drew a crowd of 500 on 22 March.


March in March and the fightback we need

The welcome fact remains: more than 100,000 came out onto the streets in the first big public break with the Abbott government.

Only by engaging with people at the point at which they enter the struggle can we have a hope of cohering them into a fighting force capable of slogging it out over the longer term. Only in that way can we take the fight not just to Abbott but to the whole rotten system, which he promotes so enthusiastically.

Scott Ludlum attacks Abbott with a verbal feather

Ludlum’s speech doesn’t specifically mention class let alone using it as the basis for fighting Abbott. All we have to do is wait 2 1/2 years to vote Abbott out. This is the talk of defeat, the strategy of failure, not fighting back.

Can workers stop the jobs massacre?

Is there an alternative to Labor’s guided Schumpeterianism and the Liberals’ overt ‘let the market forces rip’ destruction of jobs and capital?

The Transport Workers Union has given a hint of an alternative. It has threatened strikes against QANTAS and its attempts to sack 5000 staff.

Close down the Manus Island detention centre

Close down these detention centre concentration camps. Bring the asylum seekers from Indonesia and Malaysia to Australia for processing while they live in the community. Hope, not fear. Love, not hate. Refugees, not racists.

To see that happen will require a Herculean effort on our part since the Abbott government has gone murderously on the attack against refugees. We must therefore fight back strongly in their defence. The first steps to do that are demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne. Others will be announced soon and posted when I have details. Join us in the fight to defend refugees and by extension all those who will come under attack from this rotten viciously ruling class government.

Defend our unions

The Abbott government has taken the gloves off and will wage war on workers and unions. Why are our trade union leaders still playing by Marquis of Queensbury rules? Only a massive fight will force the class warmongers back into their trenches.

Don’t let Abbott destroy our trade unions. Rank and file workers need to organise demonstrations and strikes to defend our unions from this grave threat.

The Human Rights Commission: the respectable face of systemic abuse

The problem of human rights abuses goes well beyond the power of any government body. Government in Australia is the major human rights abuser. Instead of worrying about Tim Wilson defending free speech for Rupert Murdoch, maybe the time has come for the Human Rights Commission to mobilise the many against the few to defend human rights on the ground and ultimately to challenge the very system that produces human rights abuse after human rights abuse.

Let’s liberate Tony Abbott right now

If mass strikes to defend jobs, wages and conditions were to happen Tony the liberator could become Tony the liberated.

Class lessons from the Liberal barbarians

I have a suggestion for Australian Education Union Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos and Federal Secretary Susan Hopgood.

Organise a general strike to defend public education. Threaten to shut down all the public schools from the first day of term 1 in 2014. You have 2 months to build the campaign and win the support of teachers across Australia to strike if the Abbott government doesn’t back down. Get cracking.

I have a suggestion for teachers. Irrespective of what your leaders do, organise a general strike to defend public education.

When radical is the only reasonable

For 30 years the left has been incrementally lowering its sights, conceding ideological terrain and hiding what radicalism it retains under a cloak of moderation write the editors of Red Flag. It has gotten us nowhere. If we are going to build a challenge to the status quo, it will be done only by being bold and unapologetic about our critique of the existing system, and the radical transformation that is necessary if humanity is going to have a future worth living.