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January 2022



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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)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Archive for 'Tax the rich'

Raise the pension by $200 a week; make it universal

I am for a universal pension. This would be a pension for everyone over the age of 65. It would be a pension that is well above the poverty line.


Could a small ‘democracy levy’ recoup some of the tax big business does not pay?

Corporate tax avoidance cost us $4 billion in the last financial year — a small “democracy levy” on big business could help balance the scales, says John Passant in Independent Australia. To read the whole article click on my blog link to click through to the article in Independent Australia.

Turnbull talks tax rubbish

Turnbull’s claim that rehashed “trickle down reforms” will not be “keenly felt” in the community during the lowest wage growth on record are farcical, says John Passant in Independent Australia. Click here to read the article. Turnbull talks tax trash

Progressive taxes nationally and in the A.C.T.

I submitted this back in May to the Canberra Times after I had spoken at the National Law Reform Conference at the ANU on a whole range of national and local progressive tax reforms. They did not publish it. In light of the Australian Capital Territory election on Saturday, I thought I would publish it today to stimulate some sort of discussion about tax reform in the A.C.T.

Why not tax the rich instead of screwing the poor?

I wrote this back in May for Independent Australia. It contains some of those pesky things called facts that rebut the Morrison lies about the taxed and the not taxed. Why not tax the rich instead of screwing the less well off?

Instead of screwing the less well off, why not tax the rich instead?

  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 […]

Untouched billions in tax rorts for the rich

This is the link to my article in socialist magazine Solidarity on the untouched billions in tax rorts for the rich.

The tax concessions Turnbull won’t abolish all overwhelmingly favour the top ten percent

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.

My article in Solidarity magazine on the Panama Papers

This is the link to my article in socialist magazine Solidarity on the Panama Papers.

Panama Papers scandal shows how capitalism works – and why we need to get rid of it

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.