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Curious about Panama Papers? You can soon look for yourself

Coming Soon: ICIJ to Release Panama Papers Offshore Companies Data Ordinary citizens soon will be able to comb through a portion of the massive Panama Papers data on secretive offshore companies and their owners, a global journalism consortium said Tuesday. The upcoming release is expected to help prosecutors in their...

The Australia Institute’s 2016 Budget Review.

Firstly, the good news. No, really! In the space of one election cycle superannuation tax concessions went from bi-partisan sacred cow, to bi-partisan race to reform. The Australia Institute has put out a stack of reports calling for an overhaul of what has become one of Australia's most expensive...

Lord and Ladies: The World Changes “C’od-turn-a-bull”

My Lords and my Ladies, I beseech your indulgence, here before your magnificent court, as I present for your amusement and moral edification the fourth iteration of the tale of Tiny Napoleon O’penmouth and his rival Mal C’od-turn-a-bull. And a new rival emerges but you must await my tale...

Divining the May 2016 federal budget

Some of you may question the purpose of trying to divine what will be in the May 3 federal budget when the Turnbull Ship of State seems to be all at sea, wallowing towards an unknown destination, facing strong headwinds, its sails flapping, its hull leaking, with a dithering...

Negative Gearing! Trust the PM, Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott or form a different view?

On the 26th April 2016 night Leigh Sales became the rock star of journalism. With deft questioning she enabled Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to partially reveal a few of his core beliefs and ethics. Thankfully I don’t share any of his. NEGATIVE GEARING Creating wealth off income without paying tax. Our PM...

The petition: Stop Future Entitlement Rorts.

Click on this link to Petition to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Reject the 2016 Report of Independent Committee Review into Parliamentarian's Entitlements. The Report is both a shame and disgrace. The recently tabled 2016 Report Independent Committee Review into Parliamentarian's Entitlements, grants complete and total control over "Entitlements expenditure" to the very...

Business Expenses or Rorts? – $47 Million in six months

Australia’s own version of the Panama papers is the Report of the Independent Parliamentary Entitlements System Review, February 2016. A secret alliance between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull to join forces to become the Gordon Gekko of Australian Politics?  The 2016 Independent Review Committee's Report of politicians entitlements is totally indefensible. Gekko...

Who benefits from media reform? If history is any guide, it’s not the public

Vincent O'Donnell, RMIT University The “most significant media reform in Australia in a generation”, as unveiled by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield earlier this month, is no reform. It is a capitulation to the interests of licensees, shareholders and rent-seekers in the Australian media industries, painted up in the gaudy raiment...

Will Australia be caught short as politicians sacrifice the national interest to stay in power?

Matthew Rimmer on Twitter: "No Surprises: Tony Abbott vs Malcolm Turnbull @DavPope on #LibSpill, Trojan Horses and Rainbow Unicorns. http://t.co/7zE2XNmUZq" The tabloid critique of Tony Abbott, and indeed Kevin Rudd, is that they were bonkers. It is made by MPs who claimed to be aware of their idiosyncrasies before casting...

Google’s tax deal with the UK: key questions answered

Google’s tax deal raises the question of whether the government is taking too soft a tone with multinationals over their tax. When Google reached a £130m settlement with the British taxman last week, George Osborne described the deal as a “major success”. But the chancellor and the search giant have...