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A Budget of smokers and mirrors

May 4, 2016 - 06:33 -- Admin

This is a Budget of smokers and mirrors.

Revenue rescue is in part built on slugging smokers an extra 12.5% in excise every year for the four years from 2017. This is well after the election so smokers won’t feel it when they cast their ballots on 2 July. This will raise, according to the Government, an extra $4.7 billion in revenue by 2020.

Panama Papers Solidarity talk

April 29, 2016 - 08:59 -- Admin

These are the notes for a talk on the Panama Papers I gave for socialist group Solidarity at ANU on Thursday. None of the graphs or cartoons have come out so if I get time I will try to fix that up.


Panama Papers Solidarity talk.

I acknowledge and celebrate the first Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and pay my respects to the Ngunnawal people past and present.

My forthcoming talk on the Panama Papers: capitalism is working well for the 1%

April 27, 2016 - 17:00 -- Admin

I am speaking this Thursday at the ANU in Canberra on the Panama Papers, inequality, taxing the rich and much much more.

The Panama Papers have revealed yet again that the rich rig the game and pay little tax. Instead of taxing the rich the Government wants us to ‘live within our means’. This is code for more cuts to social welfare, to Universities, public health and public schools among other cuts.

Public housing anyone?

April 25, 2016 - 21:17 -- Admin

Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out any changes to negative gearing.  He has warned that Labor’s changes to negative gearing will slash housing prices.  This shows the utter desperation of Turnbull and co.  There is no evidence for this scare campaign.

Truth doesn’t matter. Malcolm Fraser dragged his government back from the brink of defeat and won the 1980 election with a lie about Labor taxing the family home.