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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
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Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

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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)

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Send Barnaby to Indonesia
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The Minerals Resource Rent Tax – the Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change

In this article I look at the recent history of proposals to tax resource rents in Australia, from Australia’s Future Tax System Report (the ‘Henry Tax Review’) through to the proposed Resource Super Profits Tax (‘RSPT’) and then the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (‘MRRT’). The process of change from Henry to the RSPT to the MRRT can best be understood, not just in the context of bad design, but, building on the work of Bramble and Kuhn, in the context of the Australian Labor Party as a capitalist workers’ party. I argue that it is this tension in the ALP, the shift in its internal balance further towards capital and the lack of class struggle that has seen Labor preside over what the father of rent tax in Australia, Ross Garnaut, describes as a ‘problematic’ tax.

If you want to read more, hit this link and download the paper from the download button in the middle of the page.



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Comment from Dave
Time November 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

A friend sent me your Resource Rent Tax-ALP paper which I read quickly this morning I found it to be sufficiently interesting to warrant printing it I now intend to read it again this evening at home I think it deserves more than the cursory scan I gave it earlier today.

Comment from John
Time November 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Thanks Dave. Yes, funnily enough a journal got back to me this morning saying: Manuscript entitled “The Minerals Resource Rent Tax in Australia: Labor and the continuity of change” which you submitted has been reviewed. The comments of the reviewer(s) are included at the bottom of this letter.

The reviewer(s) have recommended publication, but also suggest some minor revisions to your manuscript. Therefore, I invite you to respond to the reviewer(s)’ comments and revise your manuscript.

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