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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 April 10th, 2011

Paul Hogan’s tax battles continue

Cases involving tax assessments and the interest and penalties associated with them are civil cases. This means the burden of proof is the balance of probabilities – that is above 50 percent. In fact, under tax law, once the ATO raises an issue that is defensible the onus falls on the taxpayer to make their case. 51 percent certainty is a lot easier to establish, especially in the context of the onus of proof being on the taxpayer, than beyond reasonable doubt in criminal cases, that is, something approaching 98 or 99 percent certainty.



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ANU Music/Arts Library protest

Youtube video of a staff and student protest last week against the amalgamation of the Australian National University Music and Arts Libraries.

Marxism and Ecology: Canberra Socialist Alternative

Marxism and Ecology We will be discussing the way Marx theorised humanity’s relationship with nature and the effects capitalism has had on the environment. 6:00 pm Thursday 14 April, room G52 Haydon-Allen Building, Australian National University Please read Brett Clark and Richard York “Rifts and Shifts”, . You may also be interested in the […]