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Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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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 'Income tax'

Income tax – back to 1915 with Malcolm Turnbull

Australia first had Commonwealth and State income taxes in 1915. It is a special type of conservative leader who can propose taking us back a century and claim it is a visionary policy, something for the future. It is nothing of the sort. We workers shouldn’t fall for this pea and thimble trick of higher taxes or underfunded school and hospital systems. There is an alternative – tax those many big businesses avoiding tax and tax the rich. Maybe the $24 billion Turnbull is going to spend on planes that don’t work and the god knows how many billions he is going to spend on submarines could instead better fund public schools and hospitals.


Decentralising income tax to the States and Territories – forthcoming interview

Philip Clark, presenter on Canberra and region ABC Radio, 666, will interview me on Friday morning at 7.15 am about the Turnbull government’s proposal to give the States and Territories the ability to impose income tax or set rates. The details of the proposal are not yet clear.

Some Basic Marxist Concepts to Help Understand Income Tax

Mark Konza, Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, told the Australian Financial Review Tax Reform Summit that ‘in 40 years of tax work he had not heard references to Marx…’ (Neil Chenoweth, ‘Equity sore point in foreign investment’ AFR Wednesday 23 September page 4.) Well Mark, you are in luck. My article, Some Basic Marxist Concepts to […]

Solar panel payments and income tax

My latest missive to the Canberra Times, prompted by a page one article about solar panels.  Given I have a success rate of 0% these days with the Canberra Times letters, I expect this too to go into their rubbish bin of history. _______________________ The article ‘Solar take-up through the roof’ (Kirsten Lawson, The Canberra […]

Solar panels and inequity

Subsidies for individual solar panel electricity generation are a dumb idea. High feed in tariffs actually impose a burden on poor and working class electricity users and benefit those well enough off to pay $23,000 or thereabouts for solar panels on their roofs.  In addition the Rudd Labor Government’s former rebate scheme reimbursed the solar panel owners up to $8000 […]

Will tax gobble up the solar feed-in tariff? (Part 1)

Is the payment to householders for solar electricity from photovoltaic cells on their roofs taxable?