Mr John Passant

Mr John  Passant

Position: PhD Candidate
School and/or Centres: School of Politics & International Relations


Phone: +61 2 6125 2120


Master of Laws, Monash,  1989 Bachelor of Laws, ANU, 1979 Bachelor of Economics, ANU, 1975

Thesis topics

Can Marxism help us understand tax and tax reform in Australia?  Thesis Supervisory Panel: Panel Chair: Dr John Minns Supervisor: Professor Margaret Thornton Supervisor: John McLaren (external)    

John Passant commenced his PhD at the School of Politics and International Relations in April 2012. He is part time. He hopes to submit by early 2017. His thesis focuses on Marxism as a tool to understanding tax in Australia.    John is a former Assistant Commissioner of Taxation in the Australian Tax Office in charge of international tax reform. He retired from there in 2008. He has also been a tax academic at ANU and the University of Canberra.  

John has written over 50 refereed articles and ten books on tax and tax law.  They cover both the politics of tax and tax law.  His current research and ongoing publications relate to tax history and the role of the oppressed and exploited in rebelling against oppressive taxes.     John's PhD is by publication. Three chapters - on tax and dialectical thinking, neoliberal tax reform and the Henry Tax Review, and the nature of ALP explored through the prism of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax - have been published. Two - on Marx and economic rent, and a thematic people's history of income tax in Australia - are to be published next year.

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