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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)



The real duds in the Australian Tax Office

Unlike Tax Office Second Commissioner Geoff Leeper, as a former Assistant Commissioner in the Office, I am quite prepared to use the ‘dud’ word to describe some ATO staff. (ATO negotiations Canberra Times Letters, 20 August 2014′. Scroll down the page to just before half way down.)

I’d start with the Commissioner and Second Commissioners, not because I think they are work shy, but because their staffing policies are duds. Clearly what the Commissioner and the other representatives of the 1% now in charge of the ATO are doing is cutting back massively on staff numbers with the effect that their mates in big business will pay even less tax than some of them now do. Of course more than 40 percent of them pay no income tax anyway.

The Tax Office will deny that job cuts advantage big business and will claim that they can collect just as much after cutting ten or twenty percent of their workforce as before,. I’d like to see the ATO, in the interests of transparency, release all their analysis of the impacts of staff cuts on revenue collections. If they don’t you’d have to question why not.

The confusion about the impact of the cuts among senior Tax officials evident at a previous Senate Estimates hearing will continue. Some of that evidence indicated that the loss of revenue could be as high as six to one, that is six times the amount ‘saved’ in expenditure on staff could be lost in revenue collected.

It is my understanding that the loss of long term experienced tax officers is already having an impact on revenue collections and with more job cuts to come the decline in collections, especially from the tax risk takers in big business, will only get worse.

But not to worry. Treasurer Joe Hockey can just use that as further ‘evidence’ to back up his false claims about a Budget emergency and cut more public services and public service jobs.

The 1% will be pleased.



Comment from Ross
Time August 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

John, all we need to do is simplify the tax system ie get rid of the GST and have a small turnover tax on all transactions.

The turnover of currencies , derivatives and share market alone is $135 trillion. Credit card companies take a small % and make huge profits, why cannot Govts ?

We would not need all the complicated tax laws designed to profit an elite few. Many would lose their jobs in the legal fraternity/accountants but they could become more productive pulling beers for you and I.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time August 23, 2014 at 7:36 am

I think we must remember that Labor/Greens and Coalition are working to the UN agenda to bring all national governments down to the lowest common denominator, by putting the money and the power into the hands of corporates.

Cutting the number of ATO employees mitigates towards reducing government revenue, which in turn attempts to justify cuts to the government’s welfare system.

Rumours that corporates will soon be doing their own tax assessments, and then possibly taking over the ATO (no doubt to screw small business people, ordinary workers and any remaining welfare recipients) also mitigate towards complete loss of government power in favour of money hungry bankers.

This global financial abuse system is also supported by billions of dollars in superannuation contributions being misused and purloined by corporates. The superannuation system also discriminates against the poor, minimises the number of jobs along with wages and working conditions, and makes small businesses unviable.

I would do what Ross suggests and get rid of the GST, as it causes even the destitute to pay large amounts of tax.

I would like to vote for someone who will also get rid of the iniquitous superannuation system which threatens our livelihoods and national sovereignty.

Comment from Ross
Time August 23, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Agreed Lorikeet, but the corporates already own our Govts. Super if done right can be beneficial.

There is over $1 trillion in super owned by Australians which is at serious risk. I’ve suggested to Tony Abbott to issue Super Infrastructure Bonds so Australians can invest in concrete assets. Tony Abbott is my rep but does not answer my mail.

John Passant note, when the elite’s derivative scams unravel, not even Govt super will be safe.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time August 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm

To my knowledge, all superannuation is at risk on the global stage.

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