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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)



Neoliberalism in Australia and the Henry Tax Review

Hot off the presses,  my article in the Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association on Neoliberalism in Australia and the Henry Tax Review.

‘This paper looks at the development of tax reform in Australia in the light of the rise of neoliberalism globally and its impact on tax policy. It argues that the fall in profit rates across the globe and the lack of class struggle in Australia have allowed neoliberalism and neoliberal tax policy to dominate the agenda. That agenda is to shift more wealth to capital to address falling profit rates and the Henry Tax Review is part of that process by both reducing taxes on capital and increasing tax burdens on labour. A return to class struggle offers the best opportunity to reintroduce equity into the tax debate.’

Here is the link to my article, standing alone.

Here is the link to the full journal with all 8 articles. Mine starts at page 117.



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Comment from Lorikeet
Time May 2, 2014 at 7:53 am

Yes, I definitely agree with you, John.

Comment from Dion Giles
Time May 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm

In bottom-line terms, cutting through all the obfuscation economists use to hide it, the role of government is to transfer wealth from those who PERSONALLY create it to those who PERSONALLY acquire it. Creating wealth means personally creating goods and services. Acquiring it means investing wealth, mostly created by others, for profit. The transfer is motivated by corruption such as funding of political parties and individual electoral expenses. Abbott/Hockey are vying for the most spectacular wealth transfer from producers to predators since the government of Paul Keating, lauded by global predators as the world’s greatest treasurer. Keating disguised the transfer by talk of banana republics and a predator-prey accord. Hockey is disguising it through a phoney “debt crisis” from Labor having rescued Australia from collapse owing to the Global Financial Heist and embarked on some urgently needed nation-building.

PS: Does anyone know how to remove the commercial overlay across every page of the article, advertising a company called “Tracker Software”?

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I have adblock so don’t see them.

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Dion, you might just try downloading a free copy of Adblock Plus. If you are using Chrome, it is Adblock Plus Chrome.

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