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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)



Archive for 'Resource rent taxes'

Marx and rent – taxing resource rents in Australia

In this paper I use Marx’s analysis of rent to try to understand the complexities associated with the attempts to tax resource rents in Australia. To read this draft work in progress on SSRN click here.


Taxing economic rent – what a capital idea

This is a first rough draft on taxing economic rent. Feel free and very welcome to comment. I have my own ideas bubbling away for it.

Comments close very soon. For access and to log on to comment click here. Taxing resource rents in Australia: what a capital idea

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.

What capital has joined together, let not Marx rent asunder: Mark 1

This is a link to a rough first draft paper on the taxation of resource rents in Australia.  This gets you to the abstract and then in the middle of the page is a link to download the paper.  That gets you to the rambling 13000 words. Abstract: In this paper I introduce readers to […]

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.

The recent resource rent tax experience in Australia

This is a paper I wrote and published a few months ago on the recent resource rent tax experience in Australia. I argue that the left should be involved in the debates and battles over tax and tax policy as part of the wider struggle for a new society in which production is organised democratically to satisfy human need.

The recent resource rent tax experience in Australia

My article on the recent recent resource rent tax experience in Australia (written before the Occupy movment took off so already a bit out of date.)

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.

Welfare meets Workchoices

It is workers who can stop the neoliberal Workchoices style attacks of Labor and the Liberals on the unemployed and the disabled and in doing that defend their own living standards.