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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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Archive for 'Minerals Resource Rent Tax'

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax – the Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change

The process of change from Henry to the RSPT to the MRRT can best be understood, not just in the context of bad design, but, building on the work of Bramble and Kuhn, in the context of the Australian Labor Party as a capitalist workers’ party. I argue that it is this tension in the ALP, the shift in its internal balance further towards capital and the lack of class struggle that has seen Labor preside over what the father of rent tax in Australia, Ross Garnaut, describes as a ‘problematic’ tax.

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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.

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: Labor and the continuity of change

The Australian Labor Party is a capitalist workers’ party. It is this tension in the ALP, the shift in its internal balance further towards capital and the lack of class struggle that has seen Labor preside over a flawed tax,

My submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics on the MRRT

This is a link to my submission – The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: the death rattle of social democracy in Australia? – to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics and its investigation into the Development and Operation of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax.

The Greens and Labor: Is this war baby or is it just confusion?

The Greens’ push for reforms imagines that in a time of global economic crisis, a crisis of low profit rates arising out of the way production is organised under capitalism, capital will willingly divert some of the surplus value we workers create back to us or the poor. That is fairy land stuff.

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax and other lies

The money is there. So why not start all over again? I have a suggestion. How about a 40% super profits tax applying to all resources? Oh…The ghost of Kevin Rudd ensures that won’t happen.

And while we are at it, why not a super profits tax on all super profits, not just those in the resource sector. The Big 4 banks come to mind.

Advice fuels MRRT doubts

I am quoted in today’s Australian. Among other things: ‘Former senior tax official John Passant concluded yesterday that the government’s need to suppress the quarterly revenue figure indicated that nothing was being collected.’ Find out why. Here is the link to the article ‘Advice fuels MRRT doubts’ by David Crowe.

Lessons from the recent resource rent tax experience in Australia

Yours truly in the Canberra Law Review last year. Since posting the link it has been put behind a password. WTF is that about? So here is a link to the whole edition. My article starts at page 159.  http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/busgovlaw/attachments/pdf/CLR-2011-Vol.-10-2-Symposium-edition.pdf

Superannuation and the Minerals Resource Rent Tax

This is my article in Thursday’s The Conversation on the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and superannuation. http://theconversation.edu.au/weve-gained-a-mining-tax-but-lost-a-rare-opportunity-4442

BHP’s $22 billion profit – please don’t tax them Mr Swan

Maybe it is time to squeeze the mining companies until their pips squeak.