Archive for 'Tax the rich'
In Independent Australia I examine Labor’s social welfare policies and find they are edging closer to those of the Coalition rather than a progressive workers’ party. I start off by saying: I HAD BEEN wondering if Labor (ALP) were going to be Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in our election. As the ALP has begun announcing policies to cut […]
This is the link to my article in socialist magazine Solidarity on the untouched billions in tax rorts for the rich.
No doubt you will be shocked to learn, as I was, that it is the rich who overwhelmingly benefit from negative gearing losses, and the superannuation and capital gains discount tax concessions. Here are some facts.
Here are some pesky facts.
This is the link to my article in socialist magazine Solidarity on the Panama Papers.
Politicians who insist there’s no money for wages, pensions, benefits or public services had their secret hoards exposed this week writes Socialist Worker UK. As they argue we need to go on the offensive against the Tories and other pro-tax dodging governments—and to link that into a fight to get rid of the whole rotten system.
Come along to hear John Passant, former Australian Tax Office Assistant Commissioner, and member of socialist group Solidarity, talk about what the Panama Papers reveal about the real nature of capitalism and capitalism today, and how we can fight back.
We could tax the rich to fund better services. None of the parties of neoliberalism – the Liberals and Nationals and the Labor Party – are going to really do that. At best they will offer mickey mouse changes as part of a smokescreen to give the impression of doing something without actually doing anything major to upset the rich and powerful, the capitalists, whose system drives them to avoid tax and hide their affairs in secrecy jurisdictions.
Now I know none of this tax the rich stuff will in reality get on the agenda willingly of the Labor Party. The answer is that when the current or future governments attack funding for workers or the poor, attack public schools, public hospitals and public universities, the fightback against those attacks has the potential, among other potentialities, to challenge the ruling class and its systemic tax avoidance and secrecy. To tax the rich build the fight against austerity.
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.
Tax the rich and slash defence spending? The Liberals – ha ha ha. Labor – ha ha ha.
Australia is a low tax, low spending country. It’s time we started taxing the rich and the big business tax avoiders more, not less.