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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 February, 2010

The Business Council has a plan – make working people pay

The Business Council of Australia has a plan – a plan to make the poor and working people of Australia pay for the crises of capitalism. In its Budget submission the BCA argues the Government must reduce the budget deficit.  This fear of deficits is a conservative furphy. Our Government debt is one of the lowest […]

The Greens support war criminal Obama

The Greens think talking to mass murderer Obama is OK. Why? He is as bad as Bush. Shame, Greens, shame.

Power to the people?

Is it any wonder some might be tempted by Abbott’s siren song of people power when he sings it more sweetly than Labor?

Barnaby is not a buffoon

Barnaby Joyce is not a buffoon, and the Labor Party (and sections to the left of it) dismiss him at their peril. His comments about Chinese ownership of Australian assets and his questioning of the ability of Australia and some states to repay government debt represent the day to day concerns of millions of Australians, in particular middle […]

How does capitalism work?

At its heart capitalism is an exploitative system driven by competition for profit. These features cannot be reformed away, they can only be overthrown by the working class collectively taking control of the means of production and wielding them to make a society where profit and competition are no longer our masters.

Obama should not be welcomed

Whenever George Bush came to Australia he was met by thousands of angry anti-war protesters. Barack Obama deserves the same when he arrives next month. In the US and around the world, many who oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan welcomed Obama’s victory in 2008. It ignited hope that a different America was possible, […]

What is the real Marxist tradition?

What is the real Marxist tradition? Socialist Alternative stall today (Wednesday 10 February) from 12.30 pm on the concourse at the University of Canberra near the entrance to the refectory. This will be followed by our discussion on what is the the real Marxist tradition. Meet at 1.30 pm today at the stall on the concourse for […]

Liberals outflank Labor on paid maternity leave

With the more generous Liberal paid paternity leave plan Labor look like a bunch of risk averse conservatives with little understanding of the lives of working women. Which is what they are, really.

Greece is the word

The situation in Greece, both economic and industrial, is on a knife edge. It has the potential to spread. The crisis of capitalism is far from over.

Solar panels: they scam, we pay

Here in Canberra the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has exposed the ACT Government’s subsidies to solar roof panel owners as both regressive and extremely costly. In a draft report the ICRC recommends reducing the present bloated subsidy from 50.5 cents per kWh generated to 37 cents. Even at this reduced price, the subsidy is still almost three times […]