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August 2009



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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 August, 2009

Will tax gobble up the solar feed-in tariff? (Part 1)

Is the payment to householders for solar electricity from photovoltaic cells on their roofs taxable?


Crap Corner – Christopher Pearson from The Australian

In last weekend’s Australian Christopher Pearson pontificated that Aboriginal ‘ambit claims that images of the dead are sacrosanct, and that selling them is somehow exploiting the deceased, are bizarre.’   Unlike transubstantiation hey Christopher?

Australia: East Timor’s new overlord

Those who proclaim East Timor as the good imperialist intervention side with the class enemy.

Football depression

St George Illawarra have saved me from September angst by giving it to me now.

A long hot summer of bushfires?

Driving back to Wollongong from Sydney today the sign said it all.  Fires around Burrill Lake meant the Princes Highway was closed near there.  ABC Illawarra radio has been interrupting the football with updates on the fire.  Some residents are reporting they can see flames nearby.  The advice was that if you could see flames […]

Canberra Labor – the political gay bashing continues

The ACT minority Labor Government is about to reject a Greens motion to legalise same sex marriage. They are going to vote against their own policy – a policy they took to the last election – because they don’t want to upset Kevin Rudd and the other reactionaries. CPSU affiliation to Canberra Labor has proved […]

The rise of Stalin: What really happened in Russia?

“We have got the dictatorship of the proletariat! … I rub my hands and chuckle with glee. May the day soon come when the proletariat of Western Europe does the same.” Morgan Philips Price, a Manchester Guardian journalist stationed in Russia in 1917, wrote these words to his wife. He didn’t have to wait long. […]

Ted Kennedy – the myth of the liberal lion

Ted Kennedy enabled policies that have devastated the lives of the ordinary people for whom he claimed to fight.

Western interests hide the truth about Lockerbie

The conviction and release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi have both been shaped by imperialist power politics, writes Simon Basketter in the UK weekly Socialist Worker. The decision to release Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi last week has produced much fury and bluster from politicians in Westminster, Edinburgh and Washington. Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer, was serving […]

Let us remember the Dead Kennedys

Apropos of nothing, here’s a link to an 80s song by the Dead Kennedys called Kinky Sex makes the world go round.  The video is obviously an after the event invention since the president at the time was Reagan.  But the message is universal. Let us remember and honour the Dead Kennedys.