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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 'Paul Hogan'

Paul Hogan’s tax battles continue

Cases involving tax assessments and the interest and penalties associated with them are civil cases. This means the burden of proof is the balance of probabilities – that is above 50 percent. In fact, under tax law, once the ATO raises an issue that is defensible the onus falls on the taxpayer to make their case. 51 percent certainty is a lot easier to establish, especially in the context of the onus of proof being on the taxpayer, than beyond reasonable doubt in criminal cases, that is, something approaching 98 or 99 percent certainty.


Paul Hogan’s tax case to continue?

The difficulties in gathering information and continuing prosecutions that the ACC identified justify more Wickenby powers, not less, and more Wickenby resources, not less, to combat international tax evasion and avoidance.

Paul Hogan, hype and paying tax

Those campaigning for tax debtor Paul Hogan and against Project Wickenby and the ATO are protecting the interests of the rich and powerful at the expense of the rest of the community.

Paul Hogan and Departure Prohibition Orders

Newspaper and other reports are describing the Australian Tax Office’s action in issuing a Departure Prohibition Order against Paul Hogan, an order preventing him leaving Australia, as draconian, heavy handed, and even that it makes Australia a police state. It seems I am the voice of reason in all of this, having been quoted in […]

Paul Hogan’s tax crock

The release of information about Paul Hogan’s tax affairs shows an insatiable desire among the rich to avoid paying tax. The arrangements themselves are fairly simple, and to be frank, not that sophisticated.  They are also beyond the means of any working class taxpayer. First it looks as if Hogan played off US and Australian […]