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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 'Tax'

Historical Note: The History of Taxation is Written in Letters of Blood and Fire

Historical Note: The History of Taxation is Written in Letters of Blood and Fire   Tax, war, democracy and rebellion intertwine down the ages. In this paper I introduce readers to the reasons why tax history is important and the concepts underpinning later articles. The four tax history articles that will be published in total […]


Cleaning the Muck of Ages from the Windows Into the Soul of Tax

This academic article of mine was published on Monday. It is about Marx’s methods and tax. ABSTRACT The aim of this paper is to provide readers with an insight into Marx’s methods as a first step to understanding income tax more generally but with specific reference to Australia’s income tax system. I do this by […]

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 […]

A link to my draft article on tax and the forgotten classes – a brief history written in letters of blood and fire.

This is the SSRN link to my 25000 word draft article on tax and the forgotten classes – a brief history written in letters of blood and fire.

In defence of Duncan

Duncan’s contribution on Q&A on Monday night was a lightning rod of class clarity. That is why the ruling class is trying to silence his message and punish him and anyone else who might expose the rotten reality of Australia today. Defend democracy. Defend Duncan.

Malcolm Turnbull, the Panama Papers and tax havens

When the rest of the world’s leaders moved swiftly to condemn the tax rorts exposed in the Panama Papers, our Prime Minister was curiously silent. Today, we learn that he was one of those named. John Passant in Independent Australia questions just how serious Malcolm Turnbull is on cracking down on tax avoidance. To read the whole article click here. PM Turnbull named in #Panama Papers

My forthcoming talk on the Panama Papers: capitalism is working well for the 1%

I am speaking this Thursday at the ANU in Canberra on the Panama Papers, inequality, taxing the rich and much much more. The Panama Papers have revealed yet again that the rich rig the game and pay little tax. Instead of taxing the rich the Government wants us to ‘live within our means’. This is code for […]

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.

The free market dream of Australia as a tax haven

As the full implications of the Panama Papers are still being unravelled, John Passant analyses the IPA’s Mikayla Novak’s argument, which favours tax havens and maintaining privacy for investors. This is the link to my article called Australia as a tax haven in Independent Australia.

My article in Solidarity magazine on the Panama Papers

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