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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 Australian Treasurer rang me today about tax reform


The Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey, rang me this morning to ask me to make a submission to the Government on taxing the rich in response to the tax discussion paper Re:think.

He thought that as a former Assistant Commissioner of Taxation in the Australian Tax Office and a political economist, tax academic and socialist I could contribute a lot to his and the nation’s thinking about tax reform. He said I had some good tax reform ideas. Mr Hockey especially praised my slogan of taxing the rich.

The Treasurer said that he wants to seriously explore my suggestions of an annual wealth tax, estate and gift duties, taxing the capital gains on houses sold for more than $2m, taxing incomes greater than $250,000 at 100 percent and getting rid of the tens of billions worth of tax concessions for business and the rich.

‘Nothing is off the agenda and your exciting ideas about taxing the rich should be part of the national conversation,’ Mr Hockey told me.



Comment from Chris Warren
Time April 1, 2015 at 5:28 pm

My leg hurts.

Comment from philip s
Time April 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm

A politician has the thought that in the future he or she will be rich or get a high paying job or directorship.
Taking that into account why would they implement a tax that will catch them in the future?

Tax the rich but it won’t happen.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time April 1, 2015 at 7:06 pm

If Joe Hockey actually said this, I think was just taking the Mickey out of you, John.

Comment from Peter
Time April 2, 2015 at 7:56 am

Why is no one talking about taxing the billions of dollars profit of religious corporations…about 12 billion dollars per annum by the RCs alone, none of which goes to charity – the taxpayers pay for their schools and subsidise all their so-called charities, as we do those of the other mainstream religious corporations with their billion dollar profits. Are we in reality a theocracy? It would seem so when you think of the chaplains and other handouts to religions

Comment from Ross
Time April 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Lorikeet, John in indulging in satire. Hockey is a bankster’s bitch just like Labor.

Comment from charlene macdonald
Time April 3, 2015 at 1:05 am

If this was meant to be an April Fool joke, it was too plausible.
Hockey is a “big tax” type.
Heart failures all round.

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