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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. (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

Real debate?



Archive for 'The Australian'

Maurice Newman, climate change and the rationality of irrationality

When Maurice Newman displays his irrationality on climate change he is being perfectly rational. Capitalism is an irrational system which appears rational to those of us living in the madhouse. If we think only within its boundaries then what Newman says make sense from the point of view of capital even though it is complete and utter madness.

It is time to think outside the box of rational irrationality that capitalism has trapped us in. It is time for system change not climate change.


Celebrity salaries are as easy as ABC

The exorbitant pay rewards the top ABC managers, interviewers, commentators and news readers for playing the bourgeois game so well and guarantees they continue to do so. It also removes the celebrity journalists from the working class. Someone on $75000 in the ABC right now could do the job these over paid voices do so well for their masters and do it better because they would not be, at least initially, part of the bourgeoisie’s club.

The mainstream media and the airbrushing of dissent

Under the present mainstream media duopoly the views of a large number of Australians are silenced.

If the Greens are far left, does that make The Australian far right?

On the basis of a few minor tax changes The Australian calls the Greens (laughingly, in my opinion) a party of the far Left. (‘Greens have a solid red core’ The Australian 16 July.) How then to describe a newspaper that calls, as The Australian does in the same editorial, health and education the most […]

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, the Australian and truth

The Australian’s anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions propaganda is reaching new heights of the bizarre. The shrillness perhaps suggests the panic reaching into the heart of Zionism as the effectiveness of the campaign grows, built on the obvious fact that Israel is an apartheid state.

The Age’s letters – the best thing in The Australian

It is good to see Cut & Paste publishing intelligent letters to the editor from The Age. (Cut & Paste Wednesday 8 May). It makes a good counterbalance to the festival of reaction that is normally the letters page of The Australian and the paper more generally.

The Australian and climate change denial

I call bullshit on The Australian and its reporting of climate change and its denial of humanity’s role in it.

Free speech and Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian

Just to let you know how The Australian itself values free speech, here are 3 letters I have sent recently to them. None have been published. To whet your appetite, here is an entree. ‘I love The Australian as the representative of the fruitcake faction of capital. But the number of nutters you are publishing in your letters and opinion pages is getting somewhat tiresome.’

The Australian: my unpublished letters

We all know Rupert Murdoch’s Australian newspaper is big on free speech. (Its own, if no-one else’s.) And investigative journalism. And making sure our leaders are people of integrity. So I thought I’d post the letters I sent to The Australian in the last few days that it hasn’t published.

A letter The Australian hasn’t published (yet?)

I suspect Mick Armstrong would be surprised to learn he is now in Socialist Alliance (‘As for Bob Brown, Laurie Oakes and the Socialist Alliance, the differences are wafer thin’ Cut & Paste, The Australian Monday April 16).  So in the interests of accuracy - a topic my good friend at Cut and Paste pillories the Fairfax Press about when they […]