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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)



Archive for January 1st, 2016

Panadol Osteo, government cuts and tax avoidance

Obviously GlaxoSmithKline has seen an opportunity to increase its returns in what is a highly profitable industry. Don’t imagine however that we as community will benefit indirectly through increased tax revenue from this profit gouging.

According to the Corporate Tax Transparency Report recently released by the Australian Tax Office, in 2012/13 GalxoSmithKline had sales of almost $1.5 billion in Australia. However its taxable income was only $57.9 million on which it paid tax of just under $12 million.

GlaxoSmithKline: A tax avoider and a price gouger using the Turnbull government’s attacks on people in chronic pain to further advantage itself at our expense.


En Passant blog statistics in 2015

  SomeĀ En Passant blog statistics for 2015 75,299 page views 49,419 site visits Average time on site: 2 minutes 21 seconds

Number 3 in my top ten for 2015 – I hate Australian capitalism; will I be stripped of my Australian passport?

I wrote this in May 2015 in response to the Abbott government proposals to strip Australian citizenship from those who hate ‘our values’. Here is part of what I said:

‘The terrorism hype and changes to our immigration laws throw away basic rights to a trial and give incredible powers to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. They undermine our freedoms here and now. They set a dangerous precedent. They prepare the way for further criminalising dissent in Australia.’

To read the whole article click here. I hate Australian capitalism. Will I be stripped of my Australian passport?