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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)



Slogans to capture the essence of capitalist Australia

Our beloved Federal Labor Government is going to spend $20 million on finding a  slogan to best describe Australia and attract investment and tourists here.

Let’s run our own.  In a few words tell us what phrase you think best describes Australia.

Make your sugegstions in the comments, and I’ll collate them and put them on site in a few days.

Unfortunately I can offer no money for this task unless Rudd et al decide that our speaking truth to power has uncovered a winner. 

Let me start of with a few, not very good, ones.

Rudd’s Australia: All piss and wind

Australia’s outback: Third World poverty in action

Australia’s natural beauty: sold to the highest bidder

Australia: a great place for racists

Australia: big polluters welcome here

Australia: only the really really filthy rich are welcome here



Comment from stacy
Time August 26, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Australia: now still with IR laws

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Comment from Dave Bath
Time August 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

For tourists:
“Australia – visit it while it’s still habitable”

For business:
Don’t bother writing a slogan, cut out the middle man and put control of policy and ministerial exemptions from regulation up on eBay.

Comment from Abi
Time August 26, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Bring your money, because we love giving it to the rich.

Comment from Troy
Time August 26, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Australia, something for everyone.

Comment from Benjamin Solah
Time August 27, 2009 at 11:18 am

Australia: Not our land, but we’ll invite you over anyway

Comment from Auntie Rhoberta
Time August 29, 2009 at 10:20 am

Australia: Try Before You Buy!

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