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Do not criticise the rich and powerful

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 'Labor Party'

The Butler did it

Looking at the Griffith by-election tea leaves misses the much bigger plantation. Butler’s victory won’t stop a witch hunting Royal Commission into unions or the loss of thousands of jobs in Shepparton if SPC closes. It won’t prevent the re-establishment of the dictatorial Australian Building and Construction Commission. It won’t save car jobs or the Barrier Reef.

Her election won’t defend Medicare.

Electing Butler won’t address climate change or the increasing inequality that both Labor and the Liberals have engineered. It won’t dismantle the racist demonising of asylum seekers. The cops will continue to kill or injure Aboriginal people in custody. We won’t win marriage equality by asking the Butler.

These immediate goals of the Left plus defending jobs, wages and conditions, will have to be built on the back of big strikes and mass demonstrations. If we don’t fight we lose.


The Liberals’ real slogan: Weddings, Parties, Anything

The Australian Federal Police won’t investigate possible misuse of parliamentary expenses independently or systemically. They and the politicians are all part of the ruling class and won’t do anything to undermine the facade of parliamentary respectability.

Labor’s faction fiction

Prominent past and present Labor politicians, liberal literati and ALP well-wishers in the Murdoch press have been complaining for years about the influence of factions inside the party writes Rick Kuhn in Red Flag.

Whether this whingeing is accompanied by calls to curb connections with the unions or not, it is part of a campaign to liquidate Labor’s links with its working class base. That would turn the ALP into a pastel version of the deep blue Liberal Party, the equivalent of the US Democratic Party, another straightforward party of big business.

Very naughty boys rule, OK?

Bill Shorten says the era of the Messiah is over. Yeah. Very naught boys rule, OK?

Albo and Shorten: the hollow men

What a choice Labor Party members have! It’s a choice between a Labor hack in previous Labor governments, governments which cut single parent payments, demonised refugees, continued the Northern Territory intervention and the war in Afghanistan, oversaw an historic the shift in wealth to the ruling class and increased the gender pay gap and a Labor hack in previous Labor governments, governments which cut single parent payments, demonised refugees, continued the Northern Territory intervention and the war in Afghanistan, oversaw the historic shift in wealth to the ruling class and increased the gender pay gap.

Labor politicians – capital’s good friend

It is not ALP members who are divorced from the concerns of ordinary Australians – it is Labor politicians.

The majority of the population are well to the left of both of the major parties of neoliberalism.

Fighting back against Abbott’s agenda

The spin from Labor is that disunity cost them the election. This is fantasy land stuff. If only they had all united behind rabid neoliberalism then Labor would still be in power. Yeah, right. I have a bridge in Sydney to sell you too.

The disunity theme means that the real reasons – Labor’s massive shift to the right economically and socially over the last 3 decades and the collapse of class struggle over that period – can be and will be ignored by the neoliberals who are the ALP.

There is an alternative. Its name is struggle.

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax and Labor’s decline

The paper argues that the poor health of the MRRT is a consequence of the nature of the Labor Party as a capitalist workers’ party, the shifts in power and influence within its material constitution and in essence the ascendency of capital in the capitalist workers’ party.

Voting for Labor as the lesser evil

Let’s move beyond this fake ‘they’ll be worse than us’ debate. Labor is just another party of neoliberalism and its warmongering and years of attacks on workers, the poor and refugees have opened the door for Abbott to do the same.

Labor paves the way for Tony Abbott as Prime Minister

The result of Labor’s fawning over big business while in office isn’t just the disappointment of its working class and progressive supporters. The ALP has pushed the political atmosphere to the right, making it easier for conservative and downright reactionary ideas to get a hearing. It has paved the way for an even more right wing anti-working class Liberal government.