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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 March, 2010

Conservative politicians: a pox on all their houses

There was enough in the voting in Tasmania and South Australia for all the conservative parties to claim a victory of sorts. The Greens in Tasmania polled 21 percent of the vote. They may hold the balance of power, assuming Labor and the Liberals don’t shut them out with some shady deal. The Greens’ 21 percent, as […]

Palestine Telegraph’s Sameh Habeeb to tour Australia

Socialist Alternative is very proud to announce a speaking tour of Australia by Gaza photo-journalist and founder-editor of the Palestine Telegraph, Sameh Habeeb. Sameh covered the brutal Israeli assault of Gaza in January 2009 which killed 1,400 Palestinians and will be reporting on the atrocities that he witnessed and the international campaign to lift the […]

Obama’s health care ‘reform’: worse than nothing at all

The Democrats are in a mad rush to pass health care legislation that is a disaster in the making for working people and a massive giveaway to the industry.

Parental leave, the minimum wage and the end of civilisation

Those nasty unionists have been arguing for a $27 a week increase in the minimum wage from its current ‘exorbitant’ $544 a week. The end is nigh. Or so the bosses tell us. There are about 1.4 million workers whose salary is dependent in some way on the minimum wage. Paying them a slight increase will […]

We want all of our civil rights

Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism, is a leading figure in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Intersex movement in the United States. A campaigner for civil rights who has spoken across America, she has also written for publications including MRZine and New Politics. Socialist Alternative’s Louise O’Shea spoke to her about the fight for LGBTI rights in […]

CSIRO BOMs climate change deniers

Every so often a document comes our way which lights up the sky with its clarity.  Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Bureau of Meteorology have done just that in their State of the Climate report. Using data collected over the last sixty to one hundred years in Australia the report concludes unequivocally that […]

From the Warsaw ghetto to Gaza

A freedom fighter himself, Edelman saw in the Palestinians the next generation of freedom fighters and with his words drew the analogy between the Warsaw Ghetto resistance and the resistance of the Palestinians.

Global warming and the ABC of balance

The political battle for addressing human induced global warming will be won on the streets and in the workplaces of the world, not in the Murdoch and ABC boardrooms or the talkfest parliaments which represent the interests of the bourgeoisie.

Labor’s crap parental leave scheme

The Liberal’s parental leave scheme offers six months on replacement wage or the minimum wage, whichever is the higher, with superannuation. So much for the apologists for Labor who argue the ALP scheme – 18 weeks on the minimum wage – is more generous and equitable. I say that not as an apologist for the […]

Nuclear power is no environmental alternative

Nuclear technology is far too dangerous to trust bodies like the Australian or American governments with. It is costly, unsafe, extremely polluting and requires the desecration of Aboriginal land to mine uranium.