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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)



Tag: ATO

Private equity funds – again

This first piece is a letter I sent to the Australian Financial Review about private equity funds. The second one is a variation on that theme –  a letter I sent to the Australian in response to their teabagger arguments. John Dear AFR As a former Assistant Commissioner of Taxation with Tax Office responsibility for, at one stage, […]

Private equity funds and the pillage of Australia

Private equity funds add no real value to Australian society. And they may avoid tax altogether. Where is the political outrage from the Government and Opposition about this pillage of our society? Silence is all I have heard to date. An enquiry into the impact of these vultures on Australian society is overdue.

I throw my shoes at the Tax Office

Take that minute on November 11 to remember the great struggle of German workers that overthrew the Kaiser and ended the war. And remember we have the power today to overthrow our rulers and their managers and create a truly democratic society where war is banished to the museum.

Closing down one tax lurk for the rich; what about the others?

Often seemingly appropriate policy responses can lead to tax rorts. Take section 23AG of our income tax laws. Back in the mid 1980s Australia moved from an exemption system for foreign taxed income to a foreign tax credit system (FTCS).  In essence under the FTCS Australian residents declare their foreign income and receive a credit […]

Fair Work Australia – champagne or cats’ piss?

Queensland teachers are showing us that industrial action has a much better chance of getting real wage increases and protecting jobs than relying on Rudd’s largess and industrial laws.

There goes the stimulus package

Jennie Granger is going on six months leave as Second Commissioner in the ATO to manage the stimulus package.  She will be a Comptroller-General in PM&C.  Comptroller is an apt word to describe Jennie’s management style.  ATO staff can only hope she is then offered a nice little out of the way Department to run, one where she can’t do […]

Bailing out the Tax Office

It’s time for Tax Office staff to stop the flow of money to the Government to win more staff and more pay and improve tax administration in Australia.

The Tax Office: the attacks on staff continue

By striking and stopping Government revenue, tax officers can win large wage increases and job security.

The Tax Office and Wickenby: another day, another crisis

The problem may be that the Australian Tax Office has too little power, not too much.

ATO bans my site – guarded doors for closed minds

The Tax Office has banned access to my site because it is “political”, according to two readers. Ah, so it has absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with the fact that my moderate tax articles are critical of the leadership of the ATO.  We couldn’t have ATO staff receiving an alternative view of the direction their […]