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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)




I will be going to Auckland for the Australasian Tax Teachers’ Conference soon. I am delivering a paper on Marx and economic rent.  I am not sure how much access to my blog I will have while I am away. If I do have time I suspect it will be re-posts rather than the articles currently floating around in my head such as ‘Lance Armstrong – capital personified’ and ‘Prosecuting paedophile priests’. We shall see.

Here is a list of some of my recent academic and media publications, some with links. Enjoy.

Some recent media publications:

‘Women must spoil for a fight to win equal pay’ The Canberra Times 10 January 2013 page 19 


‘How the poor are shunted into deeper poverty just for political capital’ The Age 4 January 2013 page 11  


 ‘Giant profits, tiny tax bills: time to close loopholes on corporate tax avoidance’ The Conversation 22 November 2012  


 ‘Labor’s tax trickery masks deeper moral conflict’ The Canberra Times 29 October 2012  


 ‘The Coalition must come clean on plans for a GST ‘ The Conversation 3 September 2012  


‘The wealthy are a taxing problem’  The Canberra Times 18 July 2012


Here is a tax article in The Australian I am quoted extensively in.  

Advice fuels MRRT doubts. It might be behind a paywall.

Recent refereed academic publications:  

John Passant and John McLaren, ‘The “review of Australia’s future tax system”: Implications for local government in Australia and recommendations” (2012) 17(4) Local Government Law Journal 243.  

Rebecca Casey, John McLaren and John Passant, ‘LONG SERVICE LEAVE IN AUSTRALIA: An Examination of the Options For a National Long Service Leave Minimum Standard’ 2012 Journal of Applied Law and Policy 17   

Or why not have a read of my top ten most read blog articles last year?

The Left wins Curtin student elections

Stop the media lynching (about the Aboriginal Tent Embassy ‘riot’ that wasn’t a riot)

Australia’s big 4 banks are the biggest bastards in the world

Police brutally attack Muslim rally

Evidently right wing hate is OK

It’s time for unions to move against Alan Jones

Forever a white man’s burden

Lest we forget: the war against Aborigines has never ended

Let the asylum seekers into Australia (Published in 2009.)

Does the Australian ruling class really want that Liberal idiot as Prime Minister?


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