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September 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 September, 2009

Canberra teachers: cutting wages for capitalism

Canberra teachers have accepted a 6.1 pay increase over two years under a new deal with the Stanhope Labor Government. This is a defeat for teachers and the wider union movement in Canberra. How so? Headline inflation last quarter was 1.5 percent. Core inflation – the figure the Reserve Bank pays particular attention to – was 3.9 percent. […]


Crisis and contradiction in the world economy

Tom Bramble has a long discussion piece online at Socialist Alternative about the world economy.

The truth about Israel is getting harder to hide

Solidarity with Palestine is as necessary and as justifiable as it was to oppose the Iraq war, or the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Afghanistan: our lies flow like their blood

The time has come to challenge our liars about Afghanistan. Let’s build a mass movment to bring Australian troops home.

From crash to recovery?

The U.S. economy, while almost certainly growing, remains mired in difficulties as workers continue to face downward pressure on their standard of living.

More pay for pollies?

So our politicians have won an extra 3% while the low paid had their wages frozen.  (This is on top of various allowance increases which can become salary when not spent.) Now the usual suspects are lining up barking for more pay for pollies – including putative Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce who wants the PM’s salary trebled […]

The United Nations: Gaddafi is right

Gaddafi is right. The UN is part of the problem, not the cure. When we see George W Bush in leg irons at the Hague then we will know that there is justice in the world.

Venezuala: revolution stalled

In Venezuela itself, despite the real improvement in the lives of many ordinary people, the struggle for people’s power continues.

Why won’t they call it racism?

Wilson’s outburst gives confidence to racists and right-wingers – like the thousands of tea party demonstrators who gathered in Washington in mid-September.

Why Israel is an apartheid state

In mid-September, a visiting Palestinian-American academic told a Melbourne lecture that Israel is an apartheid state, more extreme in its policy against Palestinians than South Africa had been against its Black population. Professor Saree Makdisi is one of a growing number who make such a comparison – usually provoking an outraged response from pro-Israel commentators. […]