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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 'Solar panels'

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 […]


Are returns received by householders from electricity generated by solar panels assessable income?

My article (with others) on the taxation of payments for household solar panel generated electricity has just been published in the Australian Tax Review. ‘Are returns received by householders from electricity generated by solar panels assessable income?’  (2014) 43 AT Rev 263. Our answer is yes, where the electricity is fed back into the grid. […]

Taxing solar panel income

In my view payments for solar panel generated electricity, and I would add credits of such payments against consumption, are assessable income.

Solar panel feed-in tariffs scam the poor to pay the rich

Governments should move away from subsidising the well off to set up inequitable, inefficient and costly solar panels on their roofs at the expense of the rest of us.

Solar panels: they scam, we pay

Here in Canberra the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has exposed the ACT Government’s subsidies to solar roof panel owners as both regressive and extremely costly. In a draft report the ICRC recommends reducing the present bloated subsidy from 50.5 cents per kWh generated to 37 cents. Even at this reduced price, the subsidy is still almost three times […]

Solar panel subsidies: it seemed like a good idea at the time

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.  Subsidise those individuals who put solar panels on their roofs. The Rudd Labor Government paid up to $8,000 to those who did. It was so successful (or in revenue terms, costly,) that Peter Garrett, the Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts in the Rudd […]

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 […]