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Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

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)



Archive for May, 2009

Australia racist? Look me in the eyes.

It was Fred Hollows who said that he only had to look in a black fella’s eyes to know Australia was racist.


It’s a rich man’s country still

True democracy is won in struggle, and is where people participate as human beings, not big wallets or their well paid agents.

What would socialist democracy look like?

Workers’ democracy means representatives based in the workplace, paid the average wage, and with the right to recall them instantly.

Bailing out the Tax Office

It’s time for Tax Office staff to stop the flow of money to the Government to win more staff and more pay and improve tax administration in Australia.

Voice of the Voiceless: Callum Brindley on Development in the Philippines

Brenner critiqued the economic determinism he claimed underpinned both Modernisation and Dependency Theory. This essay looks at the development of the Philippines in that context.

Tiananmen Square: a dress rehearsal for the future

Tiananmen Square was a dress rehearsal for the future. The Chinese working class has a material interest in democracy. It can overthrow the butchers in Beijing.

Cut the pension age to 60

It’s time for workers to demand a just retirement on a living wage at 60.

The Minerals Council: mining bullshit

Employment in the mining industry will double over the next decade. Scaremongering about job losses is so the bosses can get even more money out of us.

What are teachers worth?

Here in Canberra the minority Stanhope Labor Government is urging wage restraint.  It has offered teachers 2 percent next year and 2.5 percent the year after.  These are below the current headline inflation rate (2.7 percent) and core inflation rate (4.1 percent).  Either way the most left wing Government in Australia, propped up by the […]

The ACTU: a gutless, gormless gabble of gallnuts

The union leadership’s own internal advice shows conclusively that Rudd’s industrial relations laws are WorkChoices lite and breach ILO standards.