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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)



Archive for January, 2009

Rudd Labor to sack thousands of public servants?

The Rudd Labor Government’s next budget in May will take a meat axe to vital public services and public servants. As Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner said recently: “We have got further efficiency work (sic) under way – the second phase of the razor gang.” (Danielle Cronin and David McLennan ‘PS pain not over as China […]

Palestinian vote – correcting my mistake

My apologies.  My assertion of 72 percent of the vote for Hamas in the 2006 elections is wrong.  I think my memory confused the number of Hamas seats (74) with the percentage of the vote. Hamas won 44.5 per cent of the vote, and a bit over 54 per cent of the seats. Fatah won […]

A Palestinian and a Jew

The meeting of Socialist Alternative last night on Obama included a Palestinian refugee whose family the Zionists drove out of their home in 1948, and a Jewish academic. The Palestinian cannot return to his homeland. The Jewish academic, born and bred in Australia, can settle in Israel and take up Israeli citizenship. For the Israelis […]

Australia Day -a celebration of genocide

Australia has a black history. For 65000 years Aboriginal people lived here in harmony with themselves and the environment.  Yet Australia Day does not recognise that proud history and prior stewardship. It whitewashes this history by celebrating the arrival of a bunch of convicts, guards and governors a mere 221 years ago. Quite rightly many […]

The crisis in the Australian Tax Office continues

The crisis in the Australian Tax Office continues. The ATO has a budget deficit of around $140 million. How can an organisation that can’t manage its own affairs run revenue collection for the nation? There are two main causes. The Labor Government’s  so-called efficiency dividend of 3.25% has cut funding to the ATO by at […]

John Passant to talk on the prospects for an Obama Presidency

For any Canberra reader, I am talking on Thursday 22 January from 6 pm at Socialist Alternative’s regular weekly branch meeting on the prospects for the Obama presidency. My article ‘Barack Obama is not Jesus Christ’ on this site forms the basis for that talk.  It is in room G 007 of the Moran Building […]

Barack Obama is not Jesus Christ

Obama’s swearing in as President of the United States is historic. It seemingly marks the political end of neo-liberalism as an ideology, one that has collapsed in the face of the global economic crisis and the failure of the market. (But we need to be careful here since neoliberal keynesianism looks more like neoliberalism than […]

One state for two peoples

I have been copping some flack from correspondents in the Canberra Times letters pages recently for daring to argue for a one state solution for Palestine. For example David Goss, a former Australian Ambassador to Israel, criticised me for deceiving myself or readers about a democratic and secular Palestine. David then launched into an explanation […]

Palestine and the globalisation of struggle

We are all Palestinians now.

The privatisation of tax law design in Australia

The Rudd Labor Government in Australia is privatising the design of tax law and policy to those who advise big business. Australia, like many other countries, has been undergoing a prolonged period of tax reform to both its tax base and tax rates. This process began with the election of the Hawke Labor government in […]