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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)



The ATO’s Baroness Granger gets a gong

Jennie Granger is one of 3 Second Commissioners of Taxation in Australia, a heartbeat away from the Commissioner’s job.

That should focus a few minds in the ATO and Government!  Let’s hope the Commissioner is fit, although the Change Program might be keeping him awake at night. I thought initially David Butler’ appointment as a Second Commissioner was a way of stymieing Jennie’s ambitions.  But David is in charge of the Change Program so his chances of becoming Commissioner might be tainted.

Jennie runs Compliance and was awarded a Public Service Medal on Invasion Day this year (aka Australia Day) “[f]or outstanding public service in the administration of taxation in Australia and internationally, particularly in the area of compliance.”  In other words she got a gong for doing her job.

As far as I know none of the major compliance concerns – the cash economy, international tax evasion and avoidance for example – have improved since 2002 when Jennie became Second Commissioner.  It is arguable that the ATO’s compliance capability over the last 7 years has actually declined under her leadership.

Any fool can collect tax during a boom. The real test will be how ATO compliance performs during the years of the deep recession we are about to enter. As tax collections decline Baroness Granger and Mr Potato Head – two of the leaders of the Mr Magoo faction in the ATO leadership – will be under the hammer to really deliver on compliance and revenue.