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Wayne Swan
yesterday at 04:33. Facebook
The Government must stop it's automated debt recovery service until they fix the problems with the system.

Too many people have been wrongly targeted, from pensioners to workers who have been forced to dig up their payslips from up to 7 years ago to prove they weren't overpaid at the time.

The minister needs to act, not pretend there isn't a problem.
Wayne Swan
01/15/2017 at 23:48. Facebook
Good to see the tax office target tax avoiding multinational miners for transfer pricing in the Singapore tax shield.

Last year in the Parliament I spoke about the need for action on rampant profit shifting by multinational companies, you can see my speech here - [ Swanmp.org Link ]

ATO Warns Energy Giants Over Offshore Profit Hubs

Wayne Swan
01/14/2017 at 07:10. Facebook
Wayne Swan
01/14/2017 at 01:59. Facebook
Over the New Year’s break I spent some time with my family up the coast at Maroochydore, where I visited Cotton Tree Seafoods, a place I first visited nearly 18 years ago and wrote about in my book Postcode.

While I was waiting for fish and chips outside the shop in 1999, I was struck by the words on a young man’s shirt, “Greed is Good, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead”. It was depressing to...
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Wayne Swan
01/13/2017 at 23:19. Facebook
"Indeed, with the passage of time, it is increasingly clear that Australia has delivered a textbook response to the global financial crisis and its aftermath."

"Australia emerged as one of only a few advanced economies to avoid a deep and devastating recession."

Great article by Jessica Irvine on the GFC and fiscal policy, well worth a read.

Lessons still to learn as 10-year anniversary of GFC approaches

Wayne Swan
01/13/2017 at 07:10. Facebook
Tomorrow is RSPCA Queensland's big Pop Up Adoption Day at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, where they are hoping to find hundreds of animals new loving homes.

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the shelter at Wacol to thank the many volunteers that keep RSPCA going and met Jonah, just one of many dogs looking for a home.

If you're looking to get a new pet please consider going...
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Wayne Swan
01/12/2017 at 01:22. Facebook
This week my office has been inundated with constituents who have received debt recovery notices from Centrelink.

In one shocking case, an elderly couple was pressured into paying tens of thousands of dollars more than they owed, with the actual amount less than a quarter of what they were demanded to pay.

Workers are being forced to hunt down payslips from over 5 years ago after...
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Centrelink's debt recovery system not broken, Minister says

Wayne Swan
01/11/2017 at 22:23. Facebook
At the end of last year I had the pleasure of meeting Dawn to thank her for her tireless work helping our community.

Dawn told me that when she's too old to supervise the school crossing, she'll volunteer helping young kids learn how to read and help in any other way she can at the school.

Truly an incredible woman who I'm thrilled to be able to present with a Lilley Australia Day Award in a...
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Dawn on list for Lilley Australia Day Award

We’ve got another Swan beach baby on our hands.

I didn’t think family holidays could get any sweeter and then this little one came along.
Really enjoying time with the family back on the Sunny Coast. Brings back some incredible memories of my time here at school with my mates. Only difference now, the boards might be a little bigger and the hair has a few more greys.
There is hope that a system allowing exploitation of young and foreign workers in Australia can be cleaned up.

High time exploitation and underpayment of workers stamped out

For New Years, Rupert Murdoch and Gina Rinehart want more trickle-down economics, Trump tactics and lifters and leaners rhetoric.

Progressives will have to fight harder and smarter. [ Bit.ly Link ]

As the trickledown juggernaut rolls on, it's time to rejuvenate the middle class | Wayne Swan

Global Citizen’s Michael Sheldrick shares how one man’s struggle against polio inspired an entire movement for change.

“Knowing your goal is not enough. It’s about knowing who has the power to change.”
[ Globalcitizen.org Link ]

The Secret Ingredient to a Successful Social Media Campaign

This shows how determined the grubby Liberals are to impose their partisanship on the independence of the public service.

[ Canberratimes.com.au Link ]

Critic of Labor's GFC stimulus package paid $16,000 for Treasury paper labelling it counterproductive

Abbott, Abetz and Bernardi all racing to Hanson - same Tea Party, different jockey.

[ Abc.net.au Link ]

Abbott and Bernardi trade barbs over conservative unrest

Our Boxing Day was enjoyed with a belated Christmas lunch with the whole gang. Doesn't get much better than this.

Thinking of all those who have to travel long distances this Christmas. I hope you get to spend time with your loved ones.
Merry Christmas to all from the Swan family and Santa's newest helper!

Hope you have a wonderful day whatever you're doing.
Progressive governments must contemplate more ambitious programs of public investment and direct employment.

See my latest piece in The Guardian: [ Theguardian.com Link ]

As the trickledown juggernaut rolls on, it's time to rejuvenate the middle class | Wayne Swan

Action against tax havens won't be taken by a PM who uses one.

An eye-opening piece by Stephen Long today, certainly worth a read: [ Ab.co Link ]

Adani's complex corporate web spreads to tax havens

Trump and Brexit show progressives cannot sit back and offer vague platitudes about education and redistribution.

Sustaining a world-class education system is vital, but as Larry Summers has summarised, trusting in education policy alone is largely ‘whistling past the graveyard’. Similarly, a redistributive agenda can offset the innate and often unjust polarisation of market incomes, but it...
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