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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 'Minerals Resource Rent Tax'

The Greens and Labor: Is this war baby or is it just confusion?

The Greens’ push for reforms imagines that in a time of global economic crisis, a crisis of low profit rates arising out of the way production is organised under capitalism, capital will willingly divert some of the surplus value we workers create back to us or the poor. That is fairy land stuff.

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax and other lies

The money is there. So why not start all over again? I have a suggestion. How about a 40% super profits tax applying to all resources? Oh…The ghost of Kevin Rudd ensures that won’t happen.

And while we are at it, why not a super profits tax on all super profits, not just those in the resource sector. The Big 4 banks come to mind.

Advice fuels MRRT doubts

I am quoted in today’s Australian. Among other things: ‘Former senior tax official John Passant concluded yesterday that the government’s need to suppress the quarterly revenue figure indicated that nothing was being collected.’ Find out why. Here is the link to the article ‘Advice fuels MRRT doubts’ by David Crowe.

Lessons from the recent resource rent tax experience in Australia

Yours truly in the Canberra Law Review last year. Since posting the link it has been put behind a password. WTF is that about? So here is a link to the whole edition. My article starts at page 159.

Superannuation and the Minerals Resource Rent Tax

This is my article in Thursday’s The Conversation on the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and superannuation.

BHP’s $22 billion profit – please don’t tax them Mr Swan

Maybe it is time to squeeze the mining companies until their pips squeak.

Some praise

A comment from an attendee at today’s Justice Connections conference, which I could not attend but to which I had submitted a paper. ‘Justice Kirby commended your article on the failed Mineral Resource Rent Tax/Super Profits Tax, so congratulations.’

Resource rents and company tax rates: tax big business

Almost half of all big business pays no income tax and those that do mostly pay much less than the notional 30 percent headline rate. Tax business and the rich.

Will the big miners dump Gillard too?

Nationalise the mines under workers’ control.

Mining bosses win – we lose

$14 billion for the mining bosses, nothing for those in need; it shows you where Labor’s priorities lie and who they rule for.