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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 'Solar energy'

Are returns received by householders from electricity generated by solar panels assessable income?

My article (with others) on the taxation of payments for household solar panel generated electricity has just been published in the Australian Tax Review. ‘Are returns received by householders from electricity generated by solar panels assessable income?’  (2014) 43 AT Rev 263. Our answer is yes, where the electricity is fed back into the grid. […]


The case for clean energy

It may seem hard to believe, but it is fully within our means today to make the alternative energy dream a green reality. All the technologies exist. The engineering is relatively straightforward, especially when compared to the epic size of our oil-powered, automobile-based societies. The need is obvious. Unless we want to consign humanity to a broiling, toxic swamp called earth, alternative energy is an imperative.

The tricky part, however, is society and politics. How our society and economy is organized; how wealth and resources are generated and distributed; which institutions have a vested interest in the status quo; and how to create radically different forms of decision making are the major obstacles to greening the global economy.

Solar panels: they scam, we pay

Here in Canberra the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has exposed the ACT Government’s subsidies to solar roof panel owners as both regressive and extremely costly. In a draft report the ICRC recommends reducing the present bloated subsidy from 50.5 cents per kWh generated to 37 cents. Even at this reduced price, the subsidy is still almost three times […]

Will tax gobble up the solar feed-in tariff? (Part 1)

Is the payment to householders for solar electricity from photovoltaic cells on their roofs taxable?