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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)



Archive for January, 2009

Price control petrol

My local petrol stations (and presumably in the name of ‘competition’ this occurred across most of Canberra) increased their unleaded price on Thursday from 91 cents to 124 cents per litre. Even leaving in GST and excise, this is an increase of about 36 per cent. There appears to be no reason for this increase […]


I’m not paranoid but …

Hello to my visitor from Arlington Virginia. I hope you learned something useful.

The real Marxist tradition and the Russian revolution – a day of discussion and debate

The real Marxist tradition and the Russian revolution– a day of discussion and debate 10am – 5pm, Saturday 7 February The powerful historical lessons of the revolution – from its making by the Russian working class, through to the defeat of the revolution and the rise of Stalinism that smeared the name of socialism for […]

France’s Black Thursday strike shows the way forward

I have one word to say to the namby pambies from the Australian Council of Trade Unions: France. On Thursday millions of French workers went on strike against President Sarkozy’s pro-capitalist and anti-worker economic crisis policies. The strikes affected transport, education and health services. The Confédération Générale des Travailleurs, one of the main trade union […]

Out of the mouths of Israeli soldiers

“Stars of David and graffiti in Hebrew and English proclaiming ‘Arabs need 2 die’, ‘no Arabs in the state of Israel’, and ‘One down and 999,999 to go’ had been scrawled on the walls. A drawing of a gravestone bore the inscription ‘Arabs 1948 to 2009’.” These are the Zionist truths Israeli soldiers scrawled on […]

Neoliberal Keynesianism?

The economic crisis has destroyed the neoliberal experiment.  Yet the bourgeoisie cannot come up with an adequate new theory to justify the continued exploitation of workers and to serve as some sort of ideological pretence for increasing that exploitation as a response to stagnant,  low profit rates. In fact the reality may be that neoliberalism […]

Israel – discussions with a defender

I have been having an email discussion for the last week or so with a defender of Israel.  In his most recent email he tells me the one state solution is pie in the sky stuff and that ethnic cleansing can’t be an apt description for Israeli actions because the number of Palestinians has grown […]

Afghanistan: Neither the US nor Jehadies and the Taliban

So Barack Obama is going to double the number of US troops in Afghanistan.  He will make the 1 million innocents killed in Iraq look like a footnote to history as he unchains and unleashes the world’s most ferocious killing machine on Afghans and Pakistanis. So much for change you can believe in.  Obama is, […]

Keynes won’t save us

Tess Lee Ack  from Socialist Alternative ( argues that it is falling profit rates, not under-spending, that is the problem for capitalism. So Keynesian spending won’t work.  Instead workers need to throw the whole rotten capitalist system overboard. We need a new democratic society where production occurs to satisfy human need, not one based on […]

Self-appointed expert

I love this comment from Peter Reuhl, a columnist with the Australian Financial Review. “I can speak with a certain amount of authority here, partially because as a columnist I’m a self-appointed expert (meaning I’m usually wrong)…” (‘Hey, what’s a few differences between friends …’ AFR January 23-26 2009, page 84). I can relate to […]