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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: Economic rent

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.


Marx and taxing economic rent

This is very much a draft paper. I argue that taxing resource rents in Australia involves a battle between the state in its Commonwealth and State and Territory variations as landlord and mining capital as both a new landlord and exploiter of the land and the minerals therein. That battle is over the share of the economic rent which mining capital extracts from other capital in the process of distribution of the profit or more correctly surplus value arising in production.

Taxing economic rent in Australia

Me just published in the Canberra Law Review (as a fairly basic prelude of sorts to talking about Marx on rent) ‘Taxing economic rent is one key element in tax reform in Australia and sets possible directions for the future. This paper introduces readers to the ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo and others on rent to aid understanding of the debates about economic rent today.

Marx and taxing economic rent in Australia

A very amateurish first draft by me on Marx and taxing economic rent, with too much explanation of basic ideas and then off on tangents and misunderstood ideas.

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 […]

Economic rent and taxation – a lawyer’s guide

Taxing economic rent is at the heart of the Henry Tax Review in Australia.

Economic rent arises from monopoly. The tendency to monopoly is built into the way capitalism is organised.

Competition leads to monopoly.

The ongoing monopolisation of the global economy and Australian economy will mean that despite the Labor Government’s rejection or watering down of key economic rent tax proposals in Henry, future governments will come under immense budgetary, economic, social and political pressure to revisit the proposals or variants of them.

Economic rent article

The editor has told me that I will have an article on economic rent and taxation published in the Australian Financial Review tomorrow (Wednesday 12 January.)