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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 latest superannuation thefts mean the Commissioner of Taxation should resign

It should come as no surprise that the Commissioner of Taxation, who has sacked got rid of about 4500 Tax Office staff, or 20% of the workforce, can’t crack down on tax avoidance and tax evasion by multinationals and billionaires.

Not only that but it now appears he doesn’t have enough staff to police employer compliance with superannuation guarantee laws. The bosses are ripping off $3.6 bn every year from 2.4 million workers.

The Commissioner of Taxation and the gaggle of his executives destroying the Tax Office should resign.

I sent this letter to the Canberra Times based on my thoughts above. I wonder if they will publish it. They have. It is online and will be published in Wednesday’s hard copy.

Employers are stealing about $3.6 bn a year of superannuation contributions from 2.4 million workers (about 30 percent of the workforce). (Anna Patty, ‘Employers are underpaying 2.4 m workers superannuation: report’ The Canberra Times 5 December).

The failure of the Australian Tax Office to police employer superannuation contributions is a failure of senior ATO management. In the last few years the Commissioner of Taxation has sacked thousands of workers and cut the ATO’s workforce by over 15%.  More is to come. These cuts have further weakened the capacity of the ATO not only to catch big business and billionaire tax avoiders and evaders but also to ensure that 2.4 million workers (and ultimately all taxpayers) were not ripped off.

As a former Assistant Commissioner of Taxation it seems clear to me that the current Commissioner of Taxation has failed  in his duty to protect ordinary workers.  I call on him, and the gaggle of executives he has gathered around him who are currently destroying the ATO, to resign immediately.



Comment from Jim Cormack
Time December 6, 2016 at 11:32 am

You are right. His whole focus as a NON public servant hiring is dollars vs service.
I have heard that the workplace morale as it now stands is at an all time low with people scrambling to leave anyway.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time December 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm

I think the Commissioner of Taxation is just doing whatever the powers-that-be tell him, which is to send Australia and Australians backwards, while empowering global banks. Everyone knows they want to collect superannuation from everyone else, but pay nothing in for their own workers.

The Australian government and the ATO are just doing the UN’s bidding to redistribute populations and wealth throughout the world, which means financially screwing Australians in the workplace and in every way possible.

Next up will be another massive increase in power bills when they introduce Carbon Credits to further ramp up foreign debt.

Comment from John
Time December 6, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Yes Jim. Two very very senior officers I know retired this year, shaking their heads in disgust. They could not take it any more. Others I know tell me the workers are totally overworked and disillusioned.

Comment from ross
Time December 6, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Well the Central Bankers will eventually take all your super. Our Govts borrow from these parasites and in doing so our Govts print bonds which is a promise to repay debt. These bonds have traditionally been considered to be safe investments backed by taxation of the people. However, the debt is now so huge that there is not enough money in the real economy to repay it. So our super funds have bought Govt Bonds that have little basis for being honoured.
Many espouse debt jubilee or forgiveness of debt, but the debt has been on sold to funds that ordinary people invest in.Catch 22?

Comment from Kay
Time December 8, 2016 at 6:25 am

Well, the ATO can now look forward to a new hiring boom – to staff the new superannuation compliance unit that will now be required due to the new super rules – which are very complex. Just like in the old RBL days – the cost of compliance will be greater than the revenue collected. A really short-sighted move by this leftist PM.

But for Canberra public servants who have zero understanding of super in the real world, a real bonus. No wonder they went along with the Grattan Institute.

Comment from John
Time December 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

I worked in Superannuation in the ATO for a short period of time. They knew their stuff and were overworked and understaffed. The Commissioner for all his supposed risk management could not manage this basic risk. Too busy getting rid of over 3000 staff and undermining any ability to manage the most basic point of the superannuation guarantee, protecting the workers whose wages have been and are lowered to make up for the compulsory payments.

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