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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (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
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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A narrow miss today on another Malcolm Turnbull approved unsafe building site

The CFMEU shut down this site yesterday. Worksafe allowed it to continue today. Now, the whole thing has collapsed, nearly hitting a lady walking by with her pram, and spewing asbestos dust into the area. There was no water to control dust before the collapse, and there certainly is not now. Have a listen to what CFMEU Vic-Tas secretary John Setka has to say compared with the representative from Sustainable Demolition.

Meanwhile, we’re headed to a double dissolution over the ABCC. The government are saying that the ABCC is needed to help saftey, jobs and the industry. That is utter bullshit. there is no other way to put it. You can read more about why that’s true here.

Share this one around, it’s important.

Here is the Channel 9 news report.

What a site with Master Builders ‘safety’ looks like

 
What are the consequences of unsafe building sites?

 

John Passant is unwell

I am unwell. I have had a high fever for a few days now. Until I recover I won’t be publishing any new substantial articles of my own.

Throw out millionaire Malcolm now

Turnbull monopoly

 

In the editorial in the recently published monthly socialist magazine Solidarity, the editors argue, among many other things:

‘This is a government totally committed to the interests of big business and the rich.

‘It’s now clear that Turnbull can be beaten. But that can’t be left to opinion polls and Turnbull’s gaffes, or electing a Labor government. There has to be a fight.

‘Instead of the union leaders going along with the administrator’s restructuring proposals at Arrium’s steelworks, there could have been a fight for the jobs and demands on Turnbull to nationalise the company.

‘The union leaders need to plan an active campaign against the threat of the ABCC. Turnbull has outsmarted The Greens by using the constitution to recall parliament to vote on his anti-union bills. But strikes and protests at the opening of Parliament on 18 April could have made it clear that the ABBC will be fought with industrial action.’

To read the whole article click Editorial: throw out millionaire Malcolm.

My article in Solidarity magazine on the Panama Papers

Panama

 
This is the link to my article in socialist magazine Solidarity on the Panama Papers. I say in part:

‘The problem of tax avoidance is systemic. It requires a systemic solution, a democratic and socialist revolution o put the vast majority in control of the assets of the world and to organise production to satisfy human need, not to make a profit. In such a world we would not need tax havens and shell companies.’

To read the whole article click here.

My recent Panama Papers Green Left radio interview

This is the link to my interview about the Panama Papers on Green Left Weekly radio on 3 CR on Friday morning. It starts at 14 minutes in. Later interviewees  include Sue Bolton on the recent Wurundjeri treaty resolution @ Moreland council, Liam Flenady discussing the state of the European left and the rise of the far-right, and an update from Spike on the current Bendigo Street occupation in Collingwood.

My letter in Thursday’s Canberra Times with some questions for the Commissioner of Taxation

This is the link to the Canberra Times letters on Thursday. My letter on the Commissioner of Taxation, and asking questions about how sacking 20% of Tax Office staff improves the fight against tax avoidance. It is a bit over 2/3rds of the way down.

From Whyalla to Townsville – nationalise the lot

In Whyalla thousands of steel making jobs are at risk because Arrium bought iron ore mines at the top of the market. There is also an oversupply of steel on the market, the classic Marxist overproduction starting to play out.

In Townsville, Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel has closed down and thrown hundreds of workers on the scrap heap of unemployment all because Palmer, an elected member of Parliament, shifts money around to support his political career, his Dinosaur Park or whatever bizarre project pops into his head. The price of nickel has also collapsed.

In Britain, Tata Steel’s Port Talbot steel works is closing down and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the Cameron government to intervene to keep the plant open and 15,000 workers employed.

There is no Jeremy Corbyn in the ranks of the Australian Labor Party.

Turnbull Government intervention could save the Whyalla steel works and the Queensland Nickel plant in Townsville. By occupying the plants workers could put nationalisation on the agenda.

Release your tax returns and other random thoughts on tax

If I were Bill Shorten I’d release my tax returns for the last few years and call on Turnbull to do the same.

Malcolm Turnbull is an investor in tax havens and a former merchant banker. That must explain his very strong campaigns against the greed of tax avoiders and the avarice of financial institutions.

The Panama Papers reminded me of something former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said. “Nothing is illegal if 100 businessmen decide to do it.”

I have previously suggested through the letters pages of the Canberra Times that in light of the Panama Papers the Australian Prime Minister should reveal his investment and tax arrangements in or though the Cayman Islands. (Letters, 9 April.) His British counterpart, David Cameron, is now releasing his tax returns for the last 6 years and my suggestion would be for Malcolm Turnbull to also release his tax returns to assuage any concerns about his Cayman Islands investments.

The debate in the UK has now engulfed the Executive Chair of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs who until 2004 was a partner in a major law firm which acted for entities associated with David Cameron and his father and advised clients on how to reduce their tax.

I note that in Australia the current Commissioner of Taxation, Chris Jordan, was a partner in charge of the New South Wales Tax and Legal Division of accounting and tax advisory firm KPMG. It appears Mr Jordan may have been an adviser to big business on their tax affairs or had oversight of those who did.

I am not suggesting any untoward activity. It just seems to me appropriate for the Commissioner to allay any concerns we taxpayers might have about his prior practice as an adviser to big business by advising the public about the nature of his previous work with KPMG and if this involved tax avoidance arrangements and whether under his watch any arrangements involved tax havens.

The Commissioner might also like to explain if the recent round of 3000 tax officer redundancies with another 1700 to come have had or will have any impact on the ATO’s capacity to police tax avoidance by big business.

Straight from the horse’s mouth: what the ruling class really think about us

This 33 second video of Sir Alan James Carter Duncan, KCMG in the UK House of Commons recently, defending David Cameron’s tax dodging, shows what the ruling class really thinks about us. Low achievers of the world unite!!!