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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)



My top ten most read articles for the year – equal number ten

Coming in at equal number ten of my most read articles for 2013 is an article I wrote on 23 December 2012 asking how much tax does big business pay.

Here is a snippet.

[In light of the fact big business pays little income tax] there would need to be a mass movement to force government to make business to pay more tax. But that is only the first part of the equation. That movement would also need to be able to force business to bear the increases in tax, rather than pass them on in price increases, wage cuts and job losses.

Only a mass working class movement can do that. Only a broad cross section of unions, militant unions, could turn around the class collaboration of the last 30 years that has seen inequality, including tax inequality, increase markedly, and the share of national income going to capital rise to its highest level ever and that to labour its lowest.

Without a mass working class movement demanding and winning better wages, more jobs and price controls as well as more tax paid by the rich and big business, the rich and big business will continue to get richer and pay less and less tax.

Here is the link to the article ‘How much tax does big business in Australia pay?



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