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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)



My forthcoming talk on the Panama Papers: capitalism is working well for the 1%

I am speaking this Thursday at the ANU in Canberra on the Panama Papers, inequality, taxing the rich and much much more.

The Panama Papers have revealed yet again that the rich rig the game and pay little tax. Instead of taxing the rich the Government wants us to ‘live within our means’. This is code for more cuts to social welfare, to Universities, public health and public schools among other cuts.

Mass protests in Iceland, sparked by revelations in the Panama Papers, have seen their Prime Minister resign. Protests in the UK are beginning and have forced the British PM, David Cameron, to release his tax details for the last six years. More protests are planned. Here in Australia our Prime Minister has tax haven investments. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t want to catch the tax evaders and avoiders, but instead to cut university funding.

We can tax the rich and fund universities, schools, hospitals and welfare but that will require a mass movement, the beginnings of which we have seen in other countries, to force the Government to take on the rich and powerful. It will require a concerted campaign, and will need to link up with the other campaigns for justice and equity like the refugee movement, the equal love movement, the peace and environment movements, and especially unions when they fight back, to build a mass movement against austerity.

Come along to hear John Passant, former Australian Tax Office Assistant Commissioner, and member of socialist group Solidarity, talk about what the Panama Papers reveal about the real nature of capitalism and democracy today, and how we can fight back.

1 pm Thursday 28 April room G 017, the Crisp Building, the Australian National University.

When: Thursday 28 April at 1pm
Find our facebook event here


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