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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'

Turnbull’s feigned class war outrage

If Malcolm Turnbull’s outrage at the suggestion that he will benefit from his own tax cuts is justified, he can just release his tax returns so we can judge, writes former assistant tax commissioner, John Passant, in Independent Australia.


Conversation With A Tax Collector About Poetry

Conversation With A Tax Collector About Poetry – Vladimir Mayakovsky [1926]

(2016) Vol 18 Journal of Australian Taxation

This is a link to the just published volume 18 of the Journal of Australian Taxation.  John McLaren and I took over the editorship in mid January this year.

Is it time for the A.C.T. to legalise and tax cannabis?

In Independent Australia I explore the idea of legalising marijuana for personal and medicinal use to raise revenue in the ACT.

To read the article click here. Is it time for the ACT to do a Colorado and introduce marijuana taxes?

Could a small ‘democracy levy’ recoup some of the tax big business does not pay?

Corporate tax avoidance cost us $4 billion in the last financial year — a small “democracy levy” on big business could help balance the scales, says John Passant in Independent Australia. To read the whole article click on my blog link to click through to the article in Independent Australia.

Super dodgy employers: The Commissioner of Taxation should resign

As a former Assistant Commissioner of Taxation it seems clear to me that the current Commissioner of Taxation has failed in his duty to protect ordinary workers. I call on him, and the gaggle of executives he has gathered around him who are currently destroying the ATO, to resign immediately.

Turnbull talks tax rubbish

Turnbull’s claim that rehashed “trickle down reforms” will not be “keenly felt” in the community during the lowest wage growth on record are farcical, says John Passant in Independent Australia. Click here to read the article. Turnbull talks tax trash

Progressive taxes nationally and in the A.C.T.

I submitted this back in May to the Canberra Times after I had spoken at the National Law Reform Conference at the ANU on a whole range of national and local progressive tax reforms. They did not publish it. In light of the Australian Capital Territory election on Saturday, I thought I would publish it today to stimulate some sort of discussion about tax reform in the A.C.T.

Tax and the Forgotten Classes: from the Magna Carta to the English Revolution

My latest academic article has just been published and is available through this link to download.

Tax and the Forgotten Classes: from the Magna Carta to the English Revolution

Apple’s double Irish Dutch sandwich with a serve of tax avoidance

On Monday in Independent Australia I analyse the complex machinations behind Apple’s tax avoidance process and how this affects Australia, where Apple’s tax contribution is about one per cent. To read the article click here to go through my blog to the site.