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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 April, 2009

Somalia – more on toxic western waste

Al-jazeera had a good article recently on the piracy/toxic waste issue. It was prompted by the demands of pirates for money to redress the death and destruction the 2004 tsunami unleashed – the radioactive western waste for example that washed up on Somali shores and killed hundreds. One of the comments points out the US wants to keep […]

By their Pratts shall ye know them

Rudd vilifies people smugglers as code for attacking refugees, yet praises rich cartel operators? Sickening, but typical of what Labor is – the second eleven of capital.

Can South Africa’s election bring change?

Claire Ceruti, the editor of Socialism from Below magazine in South Africa, spoke to Ken Olende from the UK paper Socialist Worker about the significance of the general election this week. The article was written in anticipation of the election and contains a good class analysis. Why is this election causing so much excitement in South […]

Left Focus: comradely discussion and debate

This morning I posted my article Kevin Rudd and refugees: the new racism? on Left Focus. Left Focus is a new forum of the Broad Left and welcomes contributions with green, socialist, social-democratic, left liberal, and libertarian left perspectives. As I said in the introduction to my article on that site, we all hope this can be the beginning of […]

Young Liberal scandal, again- or maybe an ALP beat up

Hmm. Now that I have seen the Facebook site, and unless there is more, this is an ALP beat up. Sure the comment (on another site) about one MLA being a rat face was juvenile, and the fake site on the Deputy Chief Minister portrays her as an airhead, but there’s nothing particularly outrageous in […]

The Tax Office and Wickenby: another day, another crisis

The problem may be that the Australian Tax Office has too little power, not too much.

The International Day of Mourning and the ABCC

440 workers died at work last year.  Tens of thousands were injured, many seriously. Others die painful deaths from diseases and illnesses contracted from work. Every week a building worker dies on site. April 28 is the International Day of Mourning for workers killed at work.  In Victoria building workers have linked the day to the fight […]

Pakistan: the new frontier in the war on terror?

To understand Pakistan’s present we need to understand two things – it was born of imperialism and is today the child of imperialism. Pakistan is a poor country. It has a population of about 170 million people, 60 percent of whom earn less than US$2 a day – the UN poverty line. 97 percent of its population is […]

The Tax Office, alcopops and democracy

Don’t gazette the Government’s proposed alcopops tax increase Commissioner. Respect the will of the Parliament in rejecting it.

UN Conference on racism

Australia has withdrawn from the UN Conference on Racism because it supports Israeli racism and because Australian Governments are, given their support for wars around the world and their treatment of Aborigines, refugees and Muslims at home, racists themselves.