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August 2020



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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 'Tax expenditures'

Want a budget surplus? Abolish tax breaks for the one percent

So here we have a Government and Opposition intending to attack the poor and ordinary workers to save a few billion when a few simple tax measures – like taxing the family homes of the rich, and abolishing the superannuation tax lurks for the millionaires, and getting rid of the tax concessions for capital gains – would raise tens of billions.

A funny thing happened on the way to the tax forum

The failure of Labor to progress real and progressive tax reform (as opposed to fiddling at the edges with business tax cuts and the like) highlights the bankruptcy of social democracy in Australia today. A businessman, Mark Carnegie, suggested that the wealthiest should pay an extra 15 percent in tax to ease growing inequality. That great Labor icon, Bill Shorten, shot the idea down. Social democracy is dead.

Cut spending on business, not us

Don’t cut services to the poor and workers, Gillard and Swan. Stop spending our money on subsidies to capital. Tax big business and the rich.

Cut aid to business – not the disability pension

Instead of attacking disability pensions or schools in Indonesia, or environmental programs, Julia Gillard, why doesn’t Labor tax big business and stop spending tens of billions on the rich through the tax system. Labor?

There’s lots of rich fat to cut

Want to fund the reconstruction? Get rid of the deficit? Abolish the tax concessions of the rich.

Soak the rich to pay for the floods

Soak the rich to pay for the cost of the floods. Soak business to pay for improved public health, education, transport and measures to address global warming.

Joe Hockey and tax transparency

Tax transparency should be more than just smoke and mirrors to prepare the way for attacks on social services like pensions, health and education.

Apart from highlighting the real cost of tax subsidies to the rich and business, we could also publish the tax returns of all big businesses.

Now that would be real tax transparency, wouldn’t it Joe?

Our tax system robs the poor and gives to the rich

Tax expenditures are disguised grants and they overwhelmingly benefit the bourgeoisie and the well off, not working class men and women.